'Libyan revolutionaries recapture Brega' Press TV 9:58am April2
Libyan revolutionary fighters have wrest back control of the strategic oil town of Brega after a fierce and bloody fighting with forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, reports say.
Seven bodies of pro-Gaddafi troops and at least 10 burnt-out army vehicles were seen along the road between Ajbadiya and Brega, 80 kilometres (50 miles) to the west, AFP reported on Saturday.
The oil town of Brega, which has changed hands for a seventh time in six weeks so far, came under heavy assault by pro-regime forces over the past few days, as they struggled to penetrate deep into the city of Ajdabiya--- a key oil town just 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the opposition stronghold of Benghazi.
Yet Al J reports 4:35pm Pro-democracy forces in Libya say at least 10 of their fighters have been killed in a NATO air strike on the outskirts of the eastern town of Brega, as the battle rages on for control of the oil port.
Al Jazeera Libya Live April 2
12:25am Civilian and military areas in Khoms and Arrujban have today been hit by air strikes - "by the bombardment of the colonial and crusader aggressors" - on Friday, Libyan state TV has quoted a military official as saying. Khoms is about about 100 km east of Tripoli, while Arrujban lies is about 190 km southwest of the capital.
12:30am Italy has not ruled our arming the anti-Gaddafifighters in Libya. But the country is exercising "caution at the moment".
12:40am The west Libya city of Misurata continues to be under heavy bombardment, residents tell Reuters.
1:40am More on the Nicaraguan - Libyan diplomatic twists. First it was announced that Miguel D'Escoto, a former Nicaraguan foreign minister, would be the Gaddafi administration's new representative to the UN - after veteran Libyan diplomat Ali Treki was reportedly denied a visa.
Then US officials poured cold water on the idea, saying D'Escoto, a 78-year-old former Catholic priest and ex-Sandinista revolutionary, was only in the United States on a tourist visa - which didn't allow him to work, let alone work as a national envoy to the United Nations.
Now president Daniel Ortega has appointed D'Escoto as Nicaragua's deputy UN ambassador, which could pave the way for D'Escoto to legitimately speak at the international body, potentially using his position to speak up for Gaddafi's regime.
UN officials have said they have yet to recieve official communication from Tripoli naming Libya's new representative.
2:40am International news media were yesterday taken by Libyan government officials on a tour of areas reportedly shelled in NATO air strikes. An unidentified doctor told journalists in Sabha: "Many, many houses are around the hospital. I thought maybe it hit hospital. It was near the hospital. The fire was looking like a nuclear bomb."
Libyan government spokesperson Mussa Ibrahim said were 13 people were killed and 185 wounded in the attack.
3:15am Fighting in north Libya continues through the night, with reports of explosions in Homs and ongoing shelling in Misurata.
A resident of Homs, 120km east of Tripoli, told the AFP news agency he heard explosions coming from a local naval base, which had earier been targeted by NATO forces.
Libyan State TV, however, reported the air strikes had hit residential neighbourhoods, saying: "Military and civilian areas in the Al Khums [Homs] and Al Rojban regions were targeted in raids by the Western assailants, crusaders and colonialists."
3:19am A spokesman for the anti-Gaddafi fighters in Misurata told AFP that 28 people had died in the city in the past three days of fighting. He denounced the "disproportionate use of force", saying: The criminal's [Gaddafi's] forces fired at the city with all kinds of shells, rockets and bombs. Today they tried to reach the port, destroying everything on their path.
The Libyan foreign ministry said Monday that an anti-rebel offensive in Misrata had been stopped after security was restored.
3:57am This video has emerged online in the past few hours, and purports to show anti-Gaddafi fighters in Misurata in the aftermath of NATO shelling earlier today. Because it's hosted on Facebook, we can't embed it on our liveblog -so, to watch it, you'll have to click here.
6:38am The Gaddafi regime has initiated a concerted effort to open lines of communication with western governments in an attempt to bring the conflict to an end, the Guardian writes: Gaddafi regime starts talks with the west to end conflict
7:10am The nations staging air strikes on Gaddafi's forces will be heading into a diplomatic minefield if they arm the rebels as well, experts and envoys at the UN told AFP news agency. With international law specialists warning that any supplies would breach the UN Security Council arms embargo that the United States, Britain and France all voted for, diplomats say a council showdown would certainly follow if evidence emerges of deliveries.
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and British prime minister David Cameron have both said they believe UN resolutions on Libya allow arming the rebels. "Many countries would certainly strongly oppose any attempt to interpret the current resolutions as permitting arms supplies," one senior diplomat on 15-nation council responded, speaking on condition of anonymity"
[Nato insists Alliance will enforce arms embargo Nato has delivered a rebuff Barack Obama and David Cameron by insisting that the Alliance will enforce an arms embargo on all of Libya, including rebel held territory. Teleg March 31]
7:41am Quick recap: - Reports say forces loyal to Gaddafi have attacked the rebel-held town of Misurata. A rebel spokesman told the AFP news agency Gaddafi's forces attacked Misurata on Friday night with tank and rocket fire.
- State television says military and civilian areas east and south-west of the capital Tripoli came under fire, by what it calls western assailants, crusaders and colonialists.
- In the east, Brega remains the frontline, but the battle appears largely deadlocked.
- The Transitional National council said it was ready for a truce if forces loyal to Gaddafi withdrew from several key towns. But a government spokesman said the ceasefire offer was a trick.
8:34am The German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle says the situation in Libya demands a political resolution, the Associated Press news agency reports.
9:30am Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee, reporting from Benghazi, says his team was told that Gaddafi's forces have stopped using tanks, because they can be easily spotted by NATO airplanes. Instead they are using pick-up trucks with mortars on the back which look a lot more like the rebel forces.
Both sides now are basically mired in this stretch about 200km wide on the southeast tip of the Gulf of Sirt and that situation - it seems increasingly - can't change [...] So they have - despite all the bluster and the bravado - to find some sort of accommodation [...] Something's got to give.
9:58am Al Jazeera's correspondent reports that 13 Libyan rebels were killed and seven others were injured when NATO aircraft bombed four cars of rebels west of the city of Ajdabiya. The Libyan government says the air strikes killed six people and wounded 12 others.
10:20am This video posted on Facebook shows rebels celebrating after one of Gaddafi's tanks was destroyed in the streets of Misurata.
12:54pm Three Swedish fighter jets headed to Sardinia en route to taking part in NATO operations against the regime of Gaddafi, a military spokesman said.
The three JAS Gripen warplanes, of a total nine aircraft pledged by Sweden, took off from the Ronneby base on Sweden's southern coast, army spokesman Rickard Wissman told AFP.Another five Gripens and a C-130 Hercules usable for mid-air refueling were to leave early Sunday, he said. The deployment, decided Tuesday by the Swedish government, won parliamentary approval on Friday.
1:32pm Check out the fresh story on the front page of our website with the latest from Libya: 'Libyan rebels killed in NATO air strike'
3:06pm Al Jazeera illustrates where the latest's fighting has taken place in Libya.
2:40pm Al Jazeera's correspondent reported that Libyan pro-democracy fighters have taken control of most the Libyan city of Brega after having engaged in clashes with Gaddafi forces. [See Press TV report linked above]
4:06pm Al Jazeera's James Bays describes the situation in Ajdabiya. youtube.com/watch?v=9Ey3hYFE_nk
4:35pm Pro-democracy forces in Libya say at least 10 of their fighters have been killed in a NATO air strike on the outskirts of the eastern town of Brega, as the battle rages on for control of the oil port. [See BBC bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12915894 Teleg telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaand
6:12pm The New York Times reports on Bernard Henri Levy the French man that managed to grant Libyan opposition group a hearing from the French president and the American secretary of state.
It was Mr. Lévy, by his own still undisputed account, who brought top members of the Libyan opposition — the Interim Transitional National Council — from Benghazi to Paris to meet President Nicolas Sarkozy on March 10, who suggested the unprecedented French recognition of the council as the legitimate government of Libya and who warned Mr. Sarkozy that unless he acted, “there will be a massacre in Benghazi, a bloodbath, and the blood of the people of Benghazi will stain the flag of France.”
Comment - Sunny S Chopra [Moderator]
The West and the token Arab and Muslim support have made a civil war worse and maybe killed more Libyans than they were ready to protect from secular Kaddafi. As for Libya the media should understand this is Africa not the middle east, besides Arabs, there are Berbers and a huge black population. This is a joke much like the Rebels who deserve respect but not for increasing this civil war. A ceasefire on all sides should end this. The world needs peace not another oil war on yet another western client.
A little insight into Haftar and other western backed uprisings
A CIA contractor (mercenary), a military commander has been sent in to lead the insurgency. Were the additional soldiers that joined the insurgents from the NFSL that he formed with CIA funding when he defected from the Libyan army and fled to the US after losing the Chadian war?
American media silent on CIA ties to Libya rebel commander
From Rebel army chief is veteran Gaddafi foe: think-tank
"Jamestown said that for many years Hefta had been the commander-in-exile of the Libyan National Army (LNA), the armed wing of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL), a an exiled opposition group.
He had lived in the United States for twenty years, Jamestown said. It suggested that for some of that period he was pursuing LNA activities from the United States."
"Gaddafi, whom Haftar had considered a close friend, was said to deny Haftar's very existence while he languished in a Chadian prisoner of war camp for seven months. In reaction, an infuriated Haftar joined the LNSF ... and declared war against the Libyan state."
The paper said Hefta set up the LNA "on June 21, 1988 with strong backing from the Central Intelligence Agency".
Some sources have reported ties with the US Central Intelligence Agency. After falling out with the Gaddafi regime, Haftar set up his own militia financed by the CIA, according to the 2001 book Manipulations africaines, published by Le Monde diplomatique. After entering the United States in the 1990s, Haftar took up residence in Vienna, Virginia, five miles outside of Langley, Virginia, where the CIA is headquartered. The CIA is actively involved in working with the Libyan rebels in their conflict with Gaddafi.
Middle East: Revolutions and Propaganda
Once again, it is necessary to review a timeline to definitively establish the premeditated, Western-backed nature of the current "revolutionary" conflagration consuming the Middle East and Northern Africa.
2000: US-funded and trained Otpor in Serbia overthrows Slobodan Milosevic.
2002: Otpor starts hosting Georgian and Ukranian protesters for preparation of "Rose Revolution" and "Orange Revolution."
2003: Otpor travels to Zimbabwe to train protesters. Srdja Popovic decides to found CANVAS
2008: Egyptian April 6 Movement leaders attend US State Department summit in NYC.
2009: April 6 Movement attends training in Serbia under CANVAS. CANVAS also trains Tunisian protesters.
2010: February, April 6 Movement meets US International Crisis Group trustee Mohamed ElBaradei at Cario’s airport. With Google exec Wael Ghonim, they begin conducting ElBaradei’s presidential campaign and organizing protests on behalf of ElBaradei’s “National Front for Change” for the next year.
2011: January-February April 6, Mohamed ElBaradei, the National Front for Change, assist in the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
2011: February, George Soros funded NGOs begin submitting draft constitutions for Egypt’s new government.
1980s: US-CIA backed National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL) made multiple attempts to assassinate Qaddafi and initiate armed rebellion throughout Libya.
2005: NFSL’s Ibrahim Sahad founds the National Conference of Libyan Opposition (NCLO) in London England.
2011: Early February, the London based NCLO calls for a Libyan "Day of Rage," beginning the "February 17th revolution."
2011: Late February NFSL/NCLO’s Ibrahim Sahad is leading opposition rhetoric, literally in front of the White House in Washington D.C. Calls for no-fly zone in reaction to unsubstantiated accusations Qaddafi is strafing “unarmed protesters” with warplanes.
2011: Late February Senators Lieberman and McCain and UK PM David Cameron call for providing air cover for Libyan rebels as well as providing them additional arms.
2011: Early March; it is revealed UK SAS special forces are already operating inside Libya.
In retrospect, the orchestrated Western-backed nature of the Tunisian, Egyptian, and Libyan unrest is clear. However, as the events played out, especially in the early stages, the corporate-owned mainstream media committed itself to breathtaking propagandizing. In Egypt, crowds of 50,000 were translated into "crowds of 2 million" through boldfaced lies, tight camera angles and disingenuous propagandists like BBC’s Jon Leyne. In Libya, the initial armed nature of the rebellion was omitted and the unrest was portrayed as “peaceful unarmed protests.
Perhaps most diabolical of all is the manner in which the mainstream media portrayed Egypt’s opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei. Indeed, ElBaradei was at the very center of the protests, having returned to Egypt a year earlier in February 2010 to assemble his “National Front for Change” with the help of Egypt’s "youth movements" led by the US State Department trained April 6 Movement and Google’s Wael Ghonim. But we were all told he “just flew in,” and that he was viewed with “suspicion” by the West. We were also told that Hosni Mubarak was still our "chosen man" and reports even went as far as claiming (unsubstantiated claims) that Mubarak was preparing to flee to Tel Aviv, Israel of all places, and that Israel was airlifting in weapons to bolster his faltering regime.
Obviously those "attempts" to save Mubarak’s regime failed, if they ever even took place. And on the eve of Mubarak’s fall, the US eventually turned a full 180 degrees around from defending him, to demanding he step down. As George Soros and the Neo-Con packed National Endowment for Democracy fund the drafting of the new Egyptian constitution and the US prepares funding to back Egypt’s opposition ahead of elections, it is quite clear that US-Israeli "support" in this case was designed to tarnish Mubarak and play on anti-Israeli/American hatred the globalists have been cultivating for decades.
With amazing "foresight," the Council on Foreign Relations’ magazine Foreign Affairs reported in March 2010 the following: /continues here. Note there are links in abundance in the original essay.
Libyan rebels massacre black Africans WSWS
“Because mercenaries from Chad and Mali are presumed to be fighting for him [Gaddafi], the lives of a million African refugees and thousands of African migrants are at risk. A Turkish construction worker told the British radio station BBC: ‘We had seventy to eighty people from Chad working for our company. They were massacred with pruning shears and axes, accused by the attackers of being Gaddafi’s troops. The Sudanese people were massacred. We saw it for ourselves.’ ”
The genocide authority Heinsohn explains: “It is standard knowledge in genocide research that minorities come under attack in civil wars because at least one party to the conflict accuses them of collaborating with the enemy….
“Whoever wants to prevent crimes against humanity with the use of force...is always in danger of helping one side in the neutralisation or even extermination of the other side…. UN Security Council Resolution 1973 of March 17 against the Libyan government provides a perfect example.
Wife of defecting foreign minister captured in firefight Teleg
She is thought to have been captured amid eyewitness reports of a fierce gunfight at Col Gaddafi's central Tripoli compound as the regime stepped in to stop further defections. Yesterday, local residents recalled how the most fierce firefight yet seen in central Tripoli had erupted within hours of the regime confirming that the Foreign Minister had defected. "The blocks in that area are the homes to high ranking official of the state who must live close to Col Gaddafi. People say that some of them were trying to flee with their families when they came under attack from the guards," said a local resident.
Armed Forces serving in Libya to be told: you face the sack Teleg
Exclusive: Royal Navy personnel taking part in the Libyan intervention and soldiers fighting in Afghanistan will be told next week that they could be sacked under defence cuts.
From Libyan rebels plead - send us guns March 24
"We need arms and ammunition. This is our only problem," he said in a briefing. "Our friends are trying to support us. I hope soon we will have success and we will have all the weapons we need to liberate Libya."
Foreign governments are debating what kind of further support, if any, they should offer. But Bani, echoing other rebel officials, ruled out accepting any advisers or trainers to whip the disorganised fighters into shape.
"Our culture does not accept foreign troops on our soil. The only foreign expert we have is Google Earth," he said.
Reporting on the situation on the ground, Bani said a "ferocious battle" was underway for Ajdabiyah. This was not independently confirmed by reporters at the front, however.
He also said a unit of Serbian mercenaries was holed up there with the government forces, a claim that could not be independently verified.
The government forces at Ajdabiyah were running short of supplies and the rebels were trying to negotiate with them to surrender, using a preacher at the local mosque as an intermediary.
"We don't want to kill them. We want to lead them to peace," he said.
[As another of the gov't tanks was destroyed by coalition humanitarian aid.]
A number of countries had promised material aid, he said, but he declined to name any of them.
"Everyone who loves freedom would love to help us. It is an endless chain of names," he said. [Guessing, Qatar, Egypt, Saudi, France, CIA]
The main immediate concern was that mercenaries from Chad were being flown in to fight on Gaddafi's side, he said, appealing to the international forces to strike the airport that was being used as their staging point. [The explosion in the video that was perhaps a mini nuke?]
The new army now being forged would be headed by Khalifa Hefta, he said. General Abdul Fatah Younes, a defector who had served Gaddafi for 40 years and is not trusted by some in the rebel leadership, will be chief of staff.
War Funding BBC
[...] Help for rebels
Col Gaddafi has framed Western intervention as an oil grab and made overtures to potential buyers in China and India. He has threatened to sue any oil company that does business with the rebels.
“ Allowing Agoco to trade independently is absolutely essential not only from a strategic but also from a humanitarian point of view”
End Quote John Hamilton Analyst
The rebels "are ready with the infrastructure, they've got people in the fields, at the terminals, there are a lot of people there who know what they're doing", says John Hamilton, a Libya expert at British risk analysis firm Cross-Border Information.
"But they need the financial structure in place. That's something they're working to put in place but they need international co-operation to achieve."
There are signs that this co-operation may be arriving.
US and UN officials have said sanctions do not apply to rebel oil sales - even though the US listed the rebel-controlled Arabian Gulf Oil Company (Agoco) as one of those targeted.
Qatar has also offered to assist the rebels in selling oil, and may be able to help them avoid difficulties over ownership rights, according to Greg Priddy, an oil analyst with Eurasia Group consultancy.
But Mr Priddy said eastern Libya needed 100,000 barrels of oil a day just for its own use, and it would take some time before rebels could start earning large sums from exports. "It's not something that's going to happen in the next couple of months," he said.
Before the conflict began, Libya was producing 1.6 million barrels a day, accounting for about 2% of world output. Some 70% of the oil comes from the east.
Libya holds Africa's largest crude oil reserves, and its oil, most of which was being sold to Europe, is especially valued because of its light, low-sulphur quality.
[...] A rebel source in the eastern port of Tobruk confirmed that the rebels had enough fuel, but said they could do with more cash. He said they were negotiating with British officials to take possession of hundreds of millions of Libyan dinars printed in the UK.
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