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UN REPORT HIGHLIGHTS FLOW OF WEAPONS FROM LIBYA, ACROSS TURKEY TO SYRIA

April 11, 2013

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UN Report Stresses Flow of Weapons from Libya to Terrorists in Syria across Turkey and Northern Lebanon

Apr 10, 2013

UNITED NATIONS, (SANA)- In a new proof added to the group of media reports which unveiled the involvement of Arab and foreign sides in arming the terrorist groups in Syria, a UN report stressed that Libya had become a key source of weapons in the region.

The report, which was made by the UN Security Council’s group of experts, who monitor an arms embargo imposed on Libya in 2011, stressed that the arm shipments which had been organized from various locations in Libya, including Misrata and Benghazi, were transferred to Syria via Turkey and northern Lebanon.

The report said that the significant size of some shipments and logistics involved suggest that representatives of the Libyan local authorities might at least have been aware of these shipments, if they were not directly involved, Reuters stressed according to the UN report published on Tuesday.

The report added that weapons spreading from Libya at an “alarming rate” fueling the war in Syria, Mali and other countries and enhancing the arsenals of extremists and the criminal gangs in the region.

‘Illicit flows from Libya are fuelling the existing conflicts in Africa and the Levant and enhancing the arsenals of a huge number of non-state groups, including terrorist groups”, the report said.

In the same context, several media reports unveiled operations on supplying terrorist groups in Syria with weapons to hinder the political solution based on dialogue, among which what the American republican senator Rand Paul has admitted last February on sending a shipment of weapons from Libya to Syria under US supervision.

Some reports stressed that the Croatian capital, Zagreb had turned into a crossing to the weapons and arms to the terrorist groups in Syria.

Another reports held Washington and its allies responsible for training terrorists in camps in Jordan.

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Libya: Which Fate for Gaddafi’s Henchmen?

April 8, 2013

An empty bullet shell is seen outside the entrance of the al-Ghani oil field, belonging to Libya’s Harouge Oil Operations company, near the city of Waddan in the central Al-Jufrah province on 23 March 2013. (Photo: AFP – Abdullah Doma)
 
Published Sunday, April 7, 2013
 
Libya is at a crossroads. It has a choice between the politics of vindictiveness and exclusion, or of reconciliation and inclusion.

On 24 March 2013, about 200 former rebel fighters in Libya besieged the prime minister’s office, demanding that he resign in accordance with a political isolation law banning members of the former regime from political life. Ali Zeidan, the current prime minister of Libya, served as a diplomat under Gaddafi.

The draft political isolation law being debated applies to anybody who held an official position during the final two decades of Gaddafi’s rule, which includes many who have played a prominent post-revolutionary role in Libya. However, there are calls for this draft law to be expanded to include anybody who held an official post over the entire period of Gaddafi’s 42-year rule. This would exclude the majority of governmental and parliamentary figures.
The proposed law bears a striking resemblance to the disastrous de-Baathification in Iraq. After the collapse of the Baath regime following the 2003 American invasion of Iraq, the Baath party was outlawed and all Baathists lost their jobs. As a result, hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats, civil servants, police officers, and members of the armed forces became unemployed, fuelling the insurgency which continues to this day.

As Miranda Sissons, former head of the Iraq program at the International Centre for Transitional Justice, pointed out, many countries in the Middle East are now struggling to find a way to effectively dismantle the political structures of former regimes. The expansion of the proposed political isolation law in Libya will be a recipe for the alienation of thousands of people who could make valuable contributions to the development of the country.

On 6 March 2013, hundreds of armed gunmen threatened lawmakers and held them hostage in an attempt to force approval of the controversial law. The will of the electorate and the independence of the judiciary must waver in the face of those who resort to violence to impose their will. A fait accompli imposed by the force of arms in such circumstances will never be legitimate.

The Roots of Justice

It has been said that in post-Gaddafi Libya the men who slept in the desert, not the men who slept in five-star hotels, should rule. While no one can deny that the revolutionaries who toppled the regime must be assured of their rightful place in government, the victor’s justice must be fair or else we will have merely replaced one form of tyranny for another.

The English philosopher John Locke highlighted the consequence of people taking the law into their own hands when he wrote of, “those evils, which necessarily follow from men being judges in their own cases” which is to “magnify the wrong suffered, if any, and to exact a punitive revenge rather than a dispassionate retribution.”

In Libya, because of a prevalent tribal culture and sentiments of regional bias, the judicial application of all laws is essential. It is incumbent on Libyans, who exercised their free will and chose the path of democracy, to reject extremism and dogmatism.

When a 42-year-old regime ends as a result of a violent revolution, anomie is inescapable. But it is the duty of the successor regime to come up with a strategy that ensures justice is dispensed fairly.

The present and the past are always entwined and the burden of the past will continue to be an albatross around our present and future. The only way we can ensure that this albatross does not bring us down is if we find ways by which we can deal with our past and move on, rather than remain forever captive to our past.

One avenue to take is to allow the truth to set us free. In a number of post-conflict societies airing grievances in public forums had a cathartic effect and was nationally therapeutic. These public forums brought perpetrators and their victims face to face. Publicly acknowledging the pain and grief of victims can reduce the likelihood of continuing a vicious cycle of revenge.

A truth-telling process, including full disclosure of human rights abuses, ensures that “the facts” remain alive in the national memory. The records of these proceedings should be incorporated in the curriculum of law enforcement training academies as well as law schools. Educational curricula should incorporate human rights, and the history of its abuse in Libya. This is how we should teach future generations of the mistakes and the crimes of the past in order to learn from them and to prevent their repetition.

For some, general knowledge of the truth is not enough. An official recognition of the injustices that have been suffered is necessary. This can only be achieved through a uniformly and judicially applied law, specific to this transition period to close the chapter of the past in order to usher in the far more important future chapter.

If we are to put in place a transitional justice process the essence of the process will need to be the establishment of accountability for past crimes of human rights abuses and to address allegations of participation in systematic abusive practices in a court of law, in a transparent and fair manner. It is in the proceedings of this transitional justice process, perhaps more than anywhere else, that the concept that “justice must be seen to be done” is of paramount importance, in particular in helping speed up the national reconciliation process. Seeing their tormentors brought to justice is a moral obligation owed to all victims. It can have a tremendously important cathartic effect both on the individual and national level.

It should go without saying that in the long term, a fairly administered justice system is fundamental to reconstructing a morally just society. Not only will it combat and ultimately stem the rise of vigilantism; but justice served and seen to be done will also be an important deterrent against future abuses of human rights.

A Haunted Revolution

If Libyans fail in cleansing themselves of their heinous past, they will forever be beset by incessant ruminating. The worst investment we make in the future is to allow the present atmosphere of vindictiveness revenge seeking to prevail. Unfortunately this is what is taking place at present and the political exclusion law is fuelling the fires of revenge and the blood lust which feeds it.

Life under a totalitarian regime with its lawlessness should have taught us Libyans the importance of legal security in its most elementary sense of freedom from arbitrary, selective and collective punitive measures, including those of political exclusion.
In building a democratic Libya we should be cognizant of the fact that the notion of equality in justice could not be more important. In practice this means just laws shall be applied without discrimination.

The emphasis on a central role for the rule of law and equality before the law cannot be meaningfully discussed in the absence of a robust and independent judiciary not susceptible to pressures emanating from transient popular whims and prejudice nor one which conforms to executive pressure for the sake of political expediency.

It is broadly accepted that an independent and empowered judiciary is central to the rule of law. An independent judiciary is equally central to the maintenance of horizontal accountability, without which democratic development is impossible.

A national consensus must be reached on whether a small number of individuals should be expected to forfeit their right to participate directly in government, for a limited period of time, as a result of them being proven to have been an integral part of the Gaddafi regime.

If this is done, it must not be as the result of armed gangs threatening members of the public or parliament to introduce such a law. If such a law is to be introduced it must be limited in scope, subject to judicial review, and must not contradict every person’s right to a fair trial.

Legitimacy cannot stem from the barrel of a gun but from the will of the people exercised freely through the ballot box.

One cannot but feel grief at the sight and sound of swathes of Libyans “politicians” who are increasingly spewing hatred and foaming malevolence in pursuit of the same nationally divisive and at times tyrannical politics of the former regime. There is no moral or legal distinction between the violence, malevolence and tyranny when practiced by the onetime exploited and oppressed and that of their exploiters and oppressors.

Libya is currently at a crossroads. History is filled with revolutions that begin with much hope and promise, but end with variants of the same form of tyranny that they ostensibly sought to end. Libyans must eschew the nihilistic politics of revenge and adopt policies of reconciliation and inclusion. This is the only road to national salvation.

Abdullah Elmaazi is founder and CEO of Trakon Consulting & Training. He is a regular contributor to The Tripoli Post.

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No to Lévy

March 29, 2013

By Gilad Atzmon
The Independent reported today that French ultra Zionist, pseudo philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy “was banned from joining the former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to Libya this week because he is Jewish.”
Mr Lévy was the leading voice behind the French and British-led military intervention led to the collapse Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. “He is credited with helping to persuade Mr Sarkozy to send French warplanes to protect rebels from Gaddafi’s forces.” However, the Libyans seem to be slightly suspicious of their ‘liberator.’
According to the French news website Rue89, Mr Lévy was banned from Mr Sarkozy’s visit to Libya earlier this week because the municipal authorities in Tripoli feared his Jewish background would make him a target for attacks by Islamist militia. I guess that Lévy interventionist ‘philosophy’ should be realised as an exemplary case of the of Zionists’ shift from promised Land to promised-planet.
 

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NATO War Crimes Against Libyans Graphic Photos

March 22, 2013

Before It’s News – by Deborah Dupre

After Libyans gathered outside the UN Headquarters in Cairo on Tuesday to denounce NATO and “rebel” war crimes on the anniversary of the beginning of the U.S.-led aerial bombardment campaign, an international rights group on Wednesday urged the American-supported Libyan government to halt “systematic destruction” of a town whose residents backed their leader Moammar Gadhafi.  
Displaced residents once living in the town Tawergha now live in harsh conditions in refugee camps in Tripoli and Benghazi.

Human Rights Watch based its report of abuse on recent satellite images showing “arson and targeted demolitions” of Tawergha to prevent residents from going home, the New York-based group said.
The United States, that illegally kick-started the war on oil-rich Libya through CIA covert operations, and its NATO allies “destroyed the country, displaced millions, slaughtered over 100,000 civilians and left approximately 10,000 political prisoners,” Libyan rights group Viva Libya! says.
Since NATO war crimes began in Libya, that Barack Obama has supported without Congressional debate, vote or approval, arbitrary arrests and detentions continue there.

Viva Libya! says that crime and murder rates are up over 500% there.

“Libya is a land of lawlessness and terror under NATO’s GNC dictatorship,” Viva Libya! says.
“More than 18 months since the end of the conflict that ousted Gadhafi’s regime, Libya is awash with weapons, roaming militias, violence and instability,” ABC News reports.

Such was not the way life was for Libyans before the U.S. and its allies declared war them.
(SeeSixteen things Libyans will never see again)

In response to continued bombing and a new statement by Western leaders, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Stop the War have called an emergency protest at Downing Street on Tuesday 19th April at 5:00 P.M.

Warning: The following photographs out of Libya are graphic and desturbing.

Libyan ‘Terrorists’: Children killed by US-led NATO Bombing Campaign
Libyan Sirte Bodies
NATO continues bombing campaign on oil-rich Libya
Beheaded Libyan soldier
Libyan boy stands amid rubble
Libyans mourn loved ones killed by NATO
Libyans watch their nation burn
NATO bombing Libya back to Stone Age
Libyan father holding baby
Libyans walk through NATO destroyed community
Man finds killed Libyan
NATO massacre of Libyans with hands tied behind backs, execution style

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Hypocrisy: US Arms Al Qaeda in Syria, Mass Slaughter of Civilians in Afghanistan

February 14, 2013

     

By Tony Cartalucci

AFP has reported that a recent NATO airstrike in Afghanistan has killed over 10 civilians in an all-too-familiar headline glossed over by the Western media in an exercise of both depravity and hypocrisy. RT’s article, “NATO airstrike kills 10 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children – officials,” notes in particular that up to 11,864 civilians were killed in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2011, and that civilian deaths before 2007 were not even tracked by the UN.

Just some of the corporate members of the US-Qatar Business Council, whose president just so happens to sit on the same board of directors of the Middle East Policy Center as Karen AbuZayd, co-author of one of many conveniently timed UN Human Rights Council reports on Syria.

Just some of the corporate members of the US-Qatar Business Council, whose president just so happens to sit on the same board of directors of the Middle East Policy Center as Karen AbuZayd, co-author of one of many conveniently timed UN Human Rights Council reports on Syria.

Such facts reveal alarming hypocrisy as the UN keeps almost daily, inflated tallies of civilian deaths elsewhere, in particular, in nations like Libya and Syria where Western interests have been heavily involved in regime change and in dire need of manipulating public perception worldwide. The United Nations had in fact pieced together a dubious report crafted from “witness accounts” compiled not in Syria, or even beyond its borders in a refugee camp, but instead, in Geneva by “witnesses” supplied by the so-called Syrian “opposition.”

Worse yet, that UN report was co-authored by Karen Koning AbuZayd, a director of the US Washington-based corporate think-tank, Middle East Policy Council. Its board of directors includes Exxon men, CIA agents, representatives of the Saudi Binladin Group (Osama Bin Laden’s family business), former ambassadors to Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, US military and government representatives, and even the president of the US-Qatar Business Council, which includes amongst its membership, Al Jazeera, Chevron, Exxon, munitions manufacturer Raytheon (who supplied the opening salvos during NATO’s operations against Libya), and Boeing.

In other words, the very underwriters of the armed militancy that is consuming Syria are sitting along side the head of the UN commission producing reports portraying the Syrian government as guilty of “war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The hypocrisy does not end there. The pretense the US and NATO have used for over a decade to occupy, subjugate and slaughter the people of Afghanistan – in a conflict increasingly creeping over both Afghanistan’s borders with Pakistan and Iran – is supposedly to fight “terrorism.” Western interests have been allowed to fight this “war on terrorism” with impunity, and even without UN monitoring for years, while Syria was immediately condemned for fighting against Al Qaeda terrorists overtly flooding into their nation with NATO assistance.

Indeed, as NATO claims to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, it has already handed over the North African nation of Libya to Al Qaeda terrorists, specifically the the US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

The US in particular oversaw the rise of the Al Qaeda terror-emirate Benghazi, even having a US ambassador slain there by the very terrorists it had armed, funded, trained, provided air support for, and thrust into power.

These same terrorists have been documented extensively as spearheading the invasion of northern Syria via NATO-member Turkey, with NATO cash and weapons in cooperation with Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The glaring hypocrisy of so-called “international law” and “international institutions” is on full display. Nations like Russia, China, Iran, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil, and many others should give serious thought to peeling away from the United Nations, the compromised International Criminal Court, and other corrupt, Western-serving institutions that will, and in many cases already are, being turned against them, their interests, and national sovereignty.

For the people of the world, we must realize that these institutions were created for and by big-business special interests, and the legitimacy they are portrayed as having is a mere illusion created by the corporate media. We must begin identifying these special interests, boycotting and replacing them permanently at a local level. If it is peace we want, it is clear that the UN, NATO, and all institutions in between, sow only death and destruction amidst a myriad of hypocrisy, double standards, and immeasurable corruption, and we must move into the future without them.

Tony Cartalucci’s articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg. Read other contributed articles by Tony Cartalucci here.
 

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It seems Libya is missing Gaddafi

February 5, 2013
Libyan new rulers fear second revolution against ‘revolution’
 
New rulers are under attack for lack of reforms, face protests on February 15 being touted by some as ‘second revolution’.
 
By Youssef Ba – TRIPOLI
Libyans: Months after Gathafi fall, there is no change
Two years after the start of the uprising that ousted Moamer Gathafi, Libya’s new rulers are under attack for lack of reforms and face protests on February 15 being touted by some as a “second revolution”. 

Faced with growing rumblings in the street, the authorities have put security forces on high alert ahead of the protests as well as celebrations two days later marking the second anniversary of the “February 17 Revolution” that led to Gathafi’s ouster and being killed in October 2011. 

Demands by opposition groups range from a ban on officials of the former regime from holding public office to the disbandment of armed militias and a reform of the higher education system. 

Chants at protests are increasingly resembling those staged during the uprising against Gathafi: “The people demand the fall of the (new) regime.” 

A leaflet circulated in Tripoli calls for a “popular revolt” and a civil disobedience movement to bring down the regime. 

It encourages Libyans to stock up with food and fuel in anticipation of what it says will be a complete shutdown of the country following the February 15 protests. 

It is unclear who is behind the leaflet and the calls for protests but Libyan officials and several organisations, including Islamic groups, accuse remnants of the former regime of fomenting protests to “sow disorder and instability”. 

In Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi — cradle of the anti-Gathafi rebellion — the calls have been relayed on social networks by several groups backed by supporters of federalism and various civil society groups. 

“The calls to demonstrate are justified because of several accumulated problems, such as inflation, the high cost of living and high unemployment among the youth,” Mohamed al-Mufti, a former political prisoner under Gathafi’s regime, said. 

“This movement is also politically motivated given their demands for federalism and the challenges posed to the decisions and choices of the assembly and the government.”

Zahia Attia, a political activist, said he “would stage a sit-in and organise peaceful protest marches to denounce the national assembly for its failure to make progress on issues like national reconciliation, allocation of resources … and drafting of a constitution.” 

The new Libyan authorities, meanwhile, are trying to learn from incidents in neighbouring Egypt, where deadly riots erupted last month around celebrations there marking second anniversary of the start of the revolution that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak. 

Libyan authorities have held several meetings to organise festivities planned for February 17 and to step up security ahead of the February 15 demonstrations. 

Libya’s Interior Minister Ashur Shwayel expressed his fears “that the protests of February 15 may not be peaceful in nature,” but insisted that “every citizen had a right to express his political opinion”. 

Libya’s mufti, the highest religious authority, has also urged that demonstrations be held in a peaceful manner. 

Amor Bushala, a member of an organisation of civil groups, said his organisation would participate in February 15 demonstrations “only if they are peaceful.” 

“Appeals must focus on correcting the process of revolution and not challenge the national assembly or the government which are legitimate institutions,” he said. 

Users of social networks such as Facebook have resisted calls to protest against the government and national assembly, insisting that “these institutions are legitimate and there is no reason to dispute them.” 

Hadj Ahmed Muldi, a computer technician, however said more and Libyans were becoming excited by the calls for protest. 

“Sixteen months after the fall of Gathafi, there is no change and (the new) government has failed to establish security or restore the authority of the state,” lamented the 54-year-old resident of Tripoli.

 

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"Supporting jihadists in Syria also gives the Saudis an opportunity to ship their own radicals to Syria, where they can fight & possibly die "

February 3, 2013

FLC

“… Despite the jihadist blowback the Saudis experienced after the end of the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan — and the current object lesson of the jihadists Syria sent to fight U.S. forces in Iraq now leading groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra — the Saudi government has apparently calculated that its use of jihadist proxies in Syria is worth the inherent risk….

There are some immediate benefits for Riyadh. First, the Saudis hope to be able to break the arc of Shiite influence that reaches from Iran through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. Having lost the Sunni counterweight to Iranian power in the region with the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and the installation of a Shiite-led government friendly to Iran, the Saudis view the possibility of installing a friendly Sunni regime in Syria as a dramatic improvement to their national security.

Supporting jihadists in Syria also gives the Saudis an opportunity to ship their own radicals to Syria, where they can fight and possibly die. With a large number of unemployed, underemployed and radicalized young men, the jihad in Syria provides a pressure valve similar to the past struggles in Iraq, Chechnya, Bosnia and Afghanistan. The Saudis are not only trying to winnow down their own troubled youth; we have received reports from a credible source that the Saudis are also facilitating the travel of Yemeni men to training camps in Turkey, where they are trained and equipped before being sent to Syria to fight. The reports also indicate that the young men are traveling for free and receiving a stipend for their service. These young radicals from Saudi Arabia and Yemen will even further strengthen the jihadist groups in Syria by providing them with fresh troops.

The Saudis are gaining temporary domestic benefits from supporting jihad in Syria, but the conflict will not last forever, nor will it result in the deaths of all the young men who go there to fight. This means that someday the men who survive will come back home, and through the process we refer to as “tactical Darwinism” the inept fighters will have been weeded out, leaving a core of competent militants that the Saudis will have to deal with.

But the problems posed by jihadist proxies in Syria will have effects beyond the House of Saud. The Syrian jihadists will pose a threat to the stability of Syria in much the same way the Afghan groups did in the civil war they launched for control of Afghanistan after the fall of the Najibullah regime. Indeed, the violence in Afghanistan got worse after Najibullah’s fall in 1992, and the suffering endured by Afghan civilians in particular was egregious.

Now we are seeing that the jihadist militants in Libya pose a threat not only to the Libyan regime — there are serious problems in eastern Libya — but also to foreign interests in the country, as seen in the attack on the British ambassador and the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Moreover, the events in Mali and Algeria in recent months show that Libya-based militants and the weapons they possess also pose a regional threat. Similar long-lasting and wide-ranging repercussions can be expected to flow from the intervention .”

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Christians being ‘driven’ out of Libya due to Nato installed terrorists

February 2, 2013
 
 
Vatican City – Christians are being driven out of eastern Libya by Muslim fundamentalists, the Catholic Church’s main clergyman in the country told the Vatican missionary news agency Fides.

The situation was “critical” and the “atmosphere very tense” in the Cyrenaica region, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli said in the interview on Thursday.

He said two religious communities are leaving “after being pressured by fundamentalists”, adding that the Apostolic Vicar of Benghazi was cautioned to take shelter ahead of a large-scale demonstration on 20 February.

“In past days, the Congregation of the Holy Family of Spoleto who had been there for nearly 100 years were forced to abandon Derna,” east of the main eastern city of Benghazi, he said.

“In Barce [located between Benghazi and Derna] the Franciscan Sisters of the Child Jesus will leave their home in coming days.”

On Friday, Martinelli told Vatican Radio that for some time now fundamentalism has governed decisions in Libya.

Christians have voiced fear of a rise in sectarian sentiment in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation following the 2011 revolt that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi and in which hard-line Islamists played a major part.

Before the uprising, 3% of Libya’s population of around 6.3 million were Christian.

Now only a couple thousand of them remain, with the majority of them expatriates.

In December, two Egyptians died in a blast at a Christian Coptic church in the Libyan town of Dafniya, and two others were wounded

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IS UK DEFENSE CONTRACTOR PLANNING SYRIAN CHEMICAL WEAPONS FALSE FLAG?

January 30, 2013

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Tony Cartalucci

Unconfirmed “leaked” documents indicate Washington-approved, Qatari-funded false flag attack using Libyan chemical weapons in Homs, Syria.

Documents allegedly “hacked” belonging to UK-based defense contractor Britam (official website here) appear to show the company considering an offer from Qatar to use Libyan chemical weapons in Homs, Syria in order to frame both the Syrian and Russian governments. The plan involves using Britam’s Ukrainian mercenaries and Soviet-era chemical weapon shells brought in from Libya’s large, Al Qaeda-linked, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) controlled arsenals.|
 

The e-mail reads:

Phil

We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.

We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have. They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.
Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?

Kind regards
David

It should be remembered that this is not confirmed – and there is most likely no way that it can ever be confirmed. However, in light of recent, and continuous attempts by the Israelis and NATO to justify a military intervention in Syria based on fears of “chemical weapons,” and considering how a nearly decade-long war and occupation was fought in neighboring Iraq under similar and patently false pretenses, every potential piece of evidence should be taken seriously.
 
It should also be remembered that during the Iraq War, British special forces were caught carrying out false flag attacks, dressed as sectarian extremists in Basra, Iraq, and shooting at Iraqi policemen. After the British soldiers were arrested, the British army attacked the police station they were being held at to free them. The precedence of Western nations using false flag operations, including terrorism, to achieve geopolitical objectives beyond their borders most certainly exists.
 

The Libyan Connection

Mention of acquiring chemical weapons from Libya is particularly troubling. Libya’s arsenal had fallen into the hands of sectarian extremists with NATO assistance in 2011 in the culmination of efforts to overthrow the North African nation . Since then, Libya’s militants led by commanders of Al Qaeda’s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) have armed sectarian extremists across the Arab World, from as far West as Mali, to as far East as Syria.
 
In addition to small arms, heavier weapons are also making their way through this extensive network. The Washington Post in their article, “Libyan missiles on the loose,” reported:
“Two former CIA counterterrorism officers told me last week that technicians recently refurbished 800 of these man-portable air-defense systems (known as MANPADS) — some for an African jihadist group called Boko Haram that is often seen as an ally of al-Qaeda — for possible use against commercial jets flying into Niger, Chad and perhaps Nigeria.”
While undoubtedly these weapons are also headed to Niger, Chad, and perhaps Nigeria, they are veritably headed to Syria. Libyan LIFG terrorists are confirmed to be flooding into Syria from Libya. In November 2011, the Telegraph in their article, “Leading Libyan Islamist met Free Syrian Army opposition group,” would report:

Abdulhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, “met with Free Syrian Army leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey,” said a military official working with Mr Belhadj. “Mustafa Abdul Jalil (the interim Libyan president) sent him there.”

Another Telegraph article, “Libya’s new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels,” would admit

Syrian rebels held secret talks with Libya’s new authorities on Friday, aiming to secure weapons and money for their insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, The Daily Telegraph has learned.
At the meeting, which was held in Istanbul and included Turkish officials, the Syrians requested “assistance” from the Libyan representatives and were offered arms, and potentially volunteers.

“There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,” said a Libyan source, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.”

Later that month, some 600 Libyan terrorists would be reported to have entered Syria to begin combat operations and have been flooding into the country ever since.

Image: Libyan Mahdi al-Harati of the US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), addressing fellow terrorists in Syria. Harati is now commanding a Libyan brigade operating inside of Syria attempting to destroy the Syrian government and subjugate the Syrian population. Traditionally, this is known as “foreign invasion.”
 
Washington Post’s reported “loose missiles” in Libya are now turning up on the battlefield in Syria. While outfits like the Guardian, in their article “Arms and the Manpads: Syrian rebels get anti-aircraft missiles,” are reporting the missiles as being deployed across Syria, they have attempted to downplay any connection to Libya’s looted arsenal and the Al Qaeda terrorists that have imported them. In contrast, Times has published open admissions from terrorists themselves admitting they are receiving heavy weapons including surface-to-air missiles from Libya.
 
In Time’s article, “Libya’s Fighters Export Their Revolution to Syria,” it is reported:

Some Syrians are more frank about the assistance the Libyans are providing. “They have heavier weapons than we do,” notes Firas Tamim, who has traveled in rebel-controlled areas to keep tabs on foreign fighters. “They brought these weapons to Syria, and they are being used on the front lines.” Among the arms Tamim has seen are Russian-made surface-to-air missiles, known as the SAM 7.
Libyan fighters largely brush off questions about weapon transfers, but in December they claimed they were doing just that. “We are in the process of collecting arms in Libya,” a Libyan fighter in Syria told the French daily Le Figaro. “Once this is done, we will have to find a way to bring them here.”

Clearly NATO intervention in Libya has left a vast, devastating arsenal in the hands of sectarian extremists, led by US State Department, United Nations, and the UK Home Office (page 5, .pdf)-listed terrorist organization LIFG, that is now exporting these weapons and militants to NATO’s other front in Syria. It is confirmed that both Libyan terrorists and weapons are crossing the Turkish-Syrian border, with NATO assistance, and it is now clear that heavy weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons have crossed the border too.
 
The Guardian reported in their November 2011 article, “Libyan chemical weapons stockpiles intact, say inspectors,” that:

Libya’s stockpiles of mustard gas and chemicals used to make weapons are intact and were not stolen during the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, weapons inspectors have said.

But also reported that:

The abandonment or disappearance of some Gaddafi-era weapons has prompted concerns that such firepower could erode regional security if it falls into the hands of Islamist militants or rebels active in north Africa. Some fear they could be used by Gaddafi loyalists to spread instability in Libya.

Last month Human Rights Watch urged Libya’s ruling national transitional council to take action over large numbers of heavy weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, it said were lying unguarded more than two months after Gaddafi was overthrown.
On Wednesday the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said the UN would send experts to Libya to help ensure nuclear material and chemical weapons did not fall into the wrong hands.

And while inspectors claim that Libya’s chemical weapons are in the “government’s” hands and not “extremists’,” it is clear by the Libyan government’s own admission, that they themselves are involved in sending fighters and weapons into Syria.
 

Bottom Line

It cannot be said for certain whether the e-mail allegedly sent by Britam is genuine, but the West is openly subverting Syria through the funding and arming of terrorists from across the Arab World. Terrorists are confirmed to be moving through NATO-member Turkey, with the Turkish government’s explicit assistance. Heavy weapons are both being supplied and paid for by the West, and likewise brought across Syria’s borders through NATO-member Turkey.

Despite this, the momentum of NATO’s armed, proxy-aggression toward Syria has been broken multiple times. Threats of a no-fly zone are waning as NATO’s proxies are neutralized with little left to establish a no-fly zone over. The fear now for NATO and its various partners across the region, from Israel to Erdogan in Turkey, to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, is that there will be nothing left of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) to intervene on behalf of.

With time running out and the Syrian people still stalwartly defending their nation, it is possible that the desperate measures described in the alleged e-mail from Britam have been considered – as the rhetorical groundwork to accommodate such measures has already been long-ago laid out by the complicit Western media. The purpose of exposing this alleged e-mail is not necessarily to accuse Britam, but to remind readers to be vigilant. And should “chemical weapons” be used in Syria in an apparent joint Syrian-Russian operation, Britam, the United Kingdom, and Qatar should be the first suspects that come to mind.


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December 30, 2012

 

بالأسماء والصور…مقاتلي ليبيا الأساطير يلاقون حتفهم في سورية  

جواد الصايغ – عربي برس
لم يعد خافيا على احد مشاركة مقاتلين ليبيين في الأعمال العسكرية الدائرة في سورية إلى جانب جبهة النصرة، وميليشيا الجيش السوري الحر، جهادّيو ليبيا القادمين من جحيم الثورة التي أسقطت نظام العقيد الراحل معمر القذافي لا تشبه حالتهم حال الجهاديين العرب ممن سبقهم أو أتى بعدهم إلى بلاد الشام، مناطق كثيرة في الشمال السوري أصبحت تخضع وبحكم الشريعة لسلطة الليبيين الوافدين من بنغازي، ودرنة، والزنتان، ومصراتة.

المهدي الحاراتي قائد كتيبة “شهداء طرابلس” كان أول الوافدين إلى سورية للقتال إلى جانب المجموعات المسلحة، إتخذ الحاراتي الذي سبق له وان قاتل في كوسوفو والعراق من ريف إدلب مقرا له ولمجموعته المسلحة التي دخلت شمال سورية من الحدود التركية، أنشأ الحاراتي لواء الأمة في سورية الذي أصبح يضم مقاتلين ليبيين وسوريين، وعرب، يعود آمر قيادة هذا اللواء إلى جماعة الحاراتي وحدهم.



توافد المقاتلين الليبيين إلى سورية بدأ في أواخر عام 2011، وتحديدا عندما وضعت الثورة الليبية أوزارها بعد دخول الثوار مدينتي سرت، وبني وليد، الحكومة السورية أعلنت أن “إرهابيين ليبيين” يقاتلون الجيش السوري، ولكن المعارضة السورية بجناحيها العسكري، والسياسي كانت دائما تنفي هذه الرواية، وتعتبرها فبركة من فبركات النظام لإيهام المجتمع الدولي أن الثورة السورية أصبحت تشكل حاضنا اساسيا للإرهاب، والتطرف، والتشدد.

 
صورة: ‏الارهابي الليبي محمد بوقرين من بنغازي تم قتله بحلب على يد جيشنا البطل وحققو له امنية الوصول لحور العين والقاصرات والغلمان ch الإخبارية الشاملة‏
Libyan terrorist Mohammed Boukran of Benghazi, was killed in Aleppo
 

 
مقاتلو الثورة الليبية ساروا وفق تعليمات قائدهم المهدي الحاراتي الذي وضع لهم خطة تقضي بتكثبف تواجدهم في الشمال السوري، وتحديدا ريفي إدلب، وحلب لقربهما من الحدود السورية-التركية، بالإضافة إلى سهولة إيجاد بيئة حاضنة لهم نظرا لبساطة سكان المناطق الريفية، وتشرذم صفوف المقاتلين السوريين، وهذا ما يسهل عقد لواء الأمر، والنهي لهم.
لم يقتصر الحراك الليبي في سورية على التواجد في ريفي إدلب، وحلب إذ سرعان ما تمدد ليبييو الثورة السورية إلى مدن حمص، ومناطق في ريف دمشق، وإستطاعوا كحال نظرائهم في الشمال السوري عقد راية الزعامة لهم في المناطق التي يتواجدون فيها، وقد تمكن الجيش السوري من إلقاء القبض على أحد الليبيين في ريف دمشق الذي سرعان ما تبين أنه رئيس غرفة العمليات العسكرية في مدينة داريا وفق إعترافات صفحات مواقع التواصل الإجتماعي المؤيدة للثورة السورية.
ليس هناك ارقام دقيقية لعديد المقاتلين الليبيين في سورية، ولكن تشير بعض منظمات المجتمع المدني إلى ان عديدهم يتجاوز الآلاف، ووصل الحال ببعض الجمعيات حد التأكيد أن الليبيين يشكلون نسبة اربعين في المئة من مقاتلي الثورة السورية، وينضوون تحت راية لواء الأمة، وجبهة النصرة، والألوية التي تتصف بالتشدد، والتطرف الديني.
اما بالنسبة للقتلى الليبيين الذين سقطوا على الأرضي السورية ، فليس هناك رواية واحدة تثبت الرقم الحقيقي لهم،
ولكن المؤكد ان عددهم يبلغ المئات بعضهم كان يتبوا مراكز قيادية في الثورة الليبية، وآخرون دفعهم الفقر، والتطرف، والرغبة في مساندة إخوانهم للإنتقال إلى سورية عساهم يساهمون في إنجاح الثورة.
يعتبر “خالد العاقوري” ابرز المقاتلين الليبيين الذين قتلوا في سورية، ويقدمه أصدقائه على انه “أسطورة القتال الليبية على الأراضي السورية”، سبق للعاقوري وأن قاتل في أفغانستان، ثم عاد إلى ليبيا ليقود جيش الثورة في بنغازي، يروي أصدقائه عنه انه قام بقتل أربعة عناصر من الجيش الليبي بالسلاح الابيض لوحده مستفيدا من قوة بنيته الجسمانية، بعد انتهاء الثورة في ليبيا دخل العاقوري سورية من الحدود التركية، تمكن الجيش السوري من قتله في ثاني أيام شهر رمضان المبارك.
إلى جانب العاقوري تمكن عربي برس من الحصول على عدد كبير من الليبيين الذين لقوا حتفهم في سورية ابرزهم: علي محمد الأوجلي المعروف بإسم ابو ناصر قتل بالقرب من مطار تفتناز العسكري وينتمي إلى (لواء الأمة)، محمد فوزي الدرهوبي (جبهة النصرة) قتل في حلب، عبد القادر المصراتي، محمد فريج، محمد عرفات، رواد بالليل (قاتل في ريف إدلب ثم عاد إلى ليبيا ليشد رحاله نحو سورية للمرة الثانية حيث لاقى حتفه)، مهند اسميع عرف عنه شراسته في القتال تركه زملائه في ساحة المعركة بعدما أصيب، وفارق الحياة متأثرأ بالجراح التي اصيب بها، مهند الصويعي، عمر صقر المغربي، عاشور بو خطوة، أحمد نوري بشاشة الأوجلي المعروف بإسم ” أبو القعقاع الليبي” نفذ عملية إنتحارية في مدينة حماة ذهب ضحيتها إمرأتين، وجرح عدد من المدنيين، محمد امحمد الفطماني قتل في حي صلاح الدين بحلب، محمد عبد الكريم المحاميد تنقل بين درعا وحمص وقتل في حي باب هود، طارق الحصني، معتز مصطفى بوعين قتل في حي صلاح الدين بحلب، حمد كمال المصراتي ينحدر من درنة قتل في ريف دمشق، عمر فالح قتل مع كامل مجموعته التي ضمت سوريين وليبيين إثر إستهدافهم بقذيفة دبابة، انس احمد المقرحي، محمد الدرهوبي قتل في حي صلاح الدين، هشام عبدالعزيز الحصادي من مدينة درنه قتل في حي صلاح الدين بحلب، محمد الترهوني قتل في حي صلاح الدين ايضاً، علي الجيلاني، احمد جلال العقوري، طلال وليد الفيتوري، احمد وليد الفيتوري، عبد الرحمن الورفلي قتل في حمص، عبد الله الحباب، عبد المنعم التاجوري، وعلاء بادي.






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