Thursday, October 19, 2017

US, British Special Ops Troops Spotted Operating In Libya

American and British personnel have been seen operating in Sirte several times. American Special Operations troops have, for the first time, started directly supporting Libyan forces battling the Islamic State (IS) group in their key stronghold of Sirte, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Citing unnamed officers allied with the Libyan...

U.S. Combat Troops Move Closer to the Frontlines in Libya

American special operations forces are helping to call in airstrikes on Islamic State positions in and around Sirte, Libya, leaving U.S. troops closer to the frontlines of that war — and in more danger of being killed or wounded — just as they face increased risks in Iraq and...

U.S. Says New Bombing Campaign Against ISIS in Libya Has No End Point at...

The U.S. launched a major new military campaign against ISIS on Monday when U.S. planes bombed targets in Libya, responding to requests from the U.N.-backed Libyan government. Strikes took place in the coastal town of Sirte, which ISIS took in June of last year. The strikes represent a significant escalation...

Libyan security forces pushing Islamic State back from vicinity of oil terminals

Libyan security forces captured a second town from in as many days from Islamic State, a spokesman said, pushing the militant group back toward its stronghold of Sirte and away from positions near major oil terminals. The Petroleum Facilities Guard took control of Nawfiliyah, about 130 km (80 miles) from...

U.S. Special Forces take the fight to ISIS in Libya

Misrata, Libya (CNN) - It is a tiny, remote aircraft hangar, carved in the Sicilian rock decades ago, but now home to a new and vital front for the United States against ISIS. U.S. Special Forces and surveillance flights are operating on the ground and over Libya as the West...

U.S. establishes Libyan outposts with eye toward offensive against Islamic State

American Special Operations troops have been stationed at two outposts in eastern and western Libya since late 2015, tasked with lining up local partners in advance of a possible offensive against the Islamic State, U.S. officials said. Two teams totaling fewer than 25 troops are operating from around the cities...

The story behind the general who will likely shape Libya’s future

Gen. Khalifa Hifter's star appears to be rising once again in Libya, and it is only a matter of time before we see him become a figurehead in a country that is lacking any but is eager to have one. His enemies in Misrata and Tripoli have always questioned his...

Covering Up Hillary Clinton’s Libyan Fiasco

Years after the end of the Vietnam War, as memories of its horrors and folly dimmed, conservative “revisionists” emerged to peddle the myth that U.S. commitment there was both justified and “winnable.” By obfuscating the historical record, they sought to undo the painful lessons learned by a generation of...

EU enforces sanctions against Libyan leaders opposing unity govt

Three Libyan political leaders opposing the U.N.-backed unity government are from Friday subject to European Union's economic sanctions, the EU official journal said. Fearful of derailing peace efforts, EU governments hesitated for months before agreeing in March to move on with restrictive measures. The asset-freeze measures were formally adopted on Thursday...

Wikileaks: Hillary Clinton Helped Topple Gadhafi While France & UK Fought Over Libya’s Oil

Clinton bragged about the U.S. role in Moammar Gadhafi’s death, and her emails leaked by Wikileaks show the race to claim Libya’s resources in the aftermath. WASHINGTON — A message from Hillary Clinton’s private email server reveals that France and the United Kingdom both sought to control Libya’s oil in...

SAS deployed in Libya since start of year, says leaked memo

King Abdullah of Jordan indicates US was briefed about plans for Jordanian special forces to operate alongside British. SAS forces have been deployed in Libya since the beginning of the year, according to a confidential briefing given to US congressional leaders by the king of Jordan. A leaked memo indicates the...

The Big Lie About the Libyan War

The Obama administration said it was just trying to protect civilians. Its actions reveal it was looking for regime change. In this fifth anniversary week of the U.S.-led Libya intervention, it’s instructive to revisit Hillary Clinton’s curiously abridged description of that war in her 2014 memoir, Hard Choices. Clinton takes...

Hillary Emails, Gold Dinars and Arab Spring

Buried amid tens of thousands of pages of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s secret emails, now being made public by the US Government, is a devastating email exchange between Clinton and her confidential adviser, Sid Blumenthal. It’s about Qaddafi and the US-coordinated intervention in 2011 to topple...

International Libya force readied as dozens killed in Tunisia

Italian government working on plan to send 5,000-strong force into Libya, as 53 killed in clashes across border. A 5,000-strong, Italian-led international force is ready to deploy in Libya as concern grows over the threat from extremist groups operating in the country, with dozens killed in clashes in neighbouring Tunisia...

US planning to strike ISIL in Libya based on faulty intelligence

Experts and officials believe that America's assessment of Isil's strength in Libya is overblown. The United States is basing plans for military intervention in Libya on faulty intelligence, Western officials and country experts have told the Sunday Telegraph. American intelligence agencies assess that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant...

French Troops Engaged In Secret War In Libya

President Francois Hollande had authorized "unofficial military action" by both an elite armed forces unit and the covert action service of the DGSE intelligence agency in Libya. A major new report broken by France’s newspaper Le Monde today revealed that the nation has been engaged in a secret war in...

Libya Officials: French Special Forces on Ground Fighting ISIS

CAIRO - Two Libyan military officials say French special forces are in the eastern city of Benghazi helping Libyan troops battle Islamic State militants. The officials told The Associated Press Wednesday that a French combat squad, consisting of 15 special forces, had carried out four military operations across Benghazi against...

New Leak Exposes EU Plan For Military Engagement In Libya

According to the operation's commander, it's a question of when, not if, the EU will enter Libya. The European Union is planning an extension of its military operation against human traffickers, known as Sophia, which could eventually include sending ground troops to war-torn Libya. According to a confidential document shared...

U.S. Plans Airstrikes In Libya To Protect Oil Assets From ISIS

The United States is preparing to launch airstrikes on ISIS targets in Libya, as the militant faction continues to assault oil infrastructure in the war-torn country. The New York Times reported that the Pentagon is putting together plans to attack ISIS in Libya, despite virtual silence from the U.S. Congress. The...

U.S. and Allies Weigh Military Action Against ISIS in Libya

WASHINGTON — Worried about a growing threat from the Islamic State in Libya, the United States and its allies are increasing reconnaissance flights and intelligence collecting there and preparing for possible airstrikes and commando raids, senior American policy makers, commanders and intelligence officials said this week. While no decision has...

Hillary Emails Reveal True Motive for Libya Intervention

Newly disclosed emails show that Libya’s plan to create a gold-backed currency to compete with the euro and dollar was a motive for NATO’s intervention. The New Year’s Eve release of over 3,000 new Hillary Clinton emails from the State Department has CNN abuzz over gossipy text messages, the “who...

Jihadists Deepen Collaboration in North Africa

SAHARA DESERT, Niger — A group of light armored vehicles skated over the moonscape of the Sahara, part of one of the largest detachments the French military has deployed here since colonial times. Its mission is growing ever more urgent: to cut smuggling routes used by jihadists who have...

Post Gaddafi Libya Splits Up into Five Regional Factions

Since the fall of Mu’ammar Gaddafi in late 2011, various militias with very different political agendas have attempted to seize power in Libya. Elections were held in the country in both 2012 and 2014; however, election turnout dropped from 60% to 18% largely due to the Islamist parties and Gaddafi...

Avaaz: Pro-Democracy Group Or Facade For American Imperialism In The Middle East?

Avaaz's support for NATO intervention in Libya shows how the “democratic” movement really supports a war-like, imperialist agenda. Avaaz's petitions have by now become a worldwide phenomenon. The organization calls itself “a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere” and claims “a simple democratic mission.” Recent history...

In a pure coincidence, Gaddafi impeded U.S. oil interests before the war

When the war in Libya began, the U.S. government convinced a large number of war supporters that we were there to achieve the very limited goal of creating a no-fly zone in Benghazi to protect civilians from air attacks, while President Obama specifically vowed that “broadening our military mission...

Conflict in Libya: U.S. oil companies sit on sidelines as Gaddafi maintains hold

It struck some visitors to the Houston office of ConocoPhillips chief executive Jim Mulva as peculiar that he displayed a photograph of himself and Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. They were an odd couple: a veteran of corporate politics at a U.S. oil company and the colonel who had survived four...

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