Subject to confirmation.
The AYM peaceful protest was hijacked by CIA arranged, heavily armed and ready to go insurgents.
What many Libyans know or suspect: colonialism with the US as the front. Who controls the US?
Excerpt from http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24218
The AFRICOM website wrote this of the exercise:
“Conducted by Special Operations Command Africa, Flintlock is a joint multinational exercise to improve information sharing at the operational and tactical levels across the Saharan region while fostering increased collaboration and coordination. It’s focused on military interoperability and capacity-building for U.S., North American and European Partner Nations, and select units in Northern and Western Africa.”
Note how African participants are listed after those of the U.S. and its European and Canadian NATO allies.
Late this January the main planning conference for Africa Endeavor 2011 was held in Mali. Modeled after U.S. European Command’s Combined Endeavor, the largest military communications and information systems exercise in the world, this year’s annual Africa Endeavor multinational exercise will be held in June in the same country.
According to AFRICOM, January’s planning conference “brought together more than 180 participants from 41 African, European and North American nations and observers from [the] Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Eastern African Standby Force and NATO to plan interoperability testing of communications and information systems of participating nations,” with the “largest number of participating countries to date in the Africa Endeavor series” in the words of Brigadier General Roberts Ferrell, head of AFRICOM’s Command, Control, Communications and Computers Systems Directorate.
Last year’s Africa Endeavor included, in addition to U.S. and other NATO nations’ military personnel, participants from Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Southern Sudan (a year before its independence referendum), Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.
Note the absence of Ivory Coast, Libya, Sudan, Eritrea and Zimbabwe.
Only 30 months after becoming an independent command, AFRICOM has consolidated military-to-military relations with 50 African nations, including non-African Union member Morocco and the world’s newest state, South Sudan. Changes in government in Ivory Coast and Libya would add two more countries to that column.
And as AFRICOM handed command of the current war against Libya to NATO on March 31, so, if recent comments by African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Ramtane Lamamra are to be given credence, AFRICOM is preparing to share its 50 new African assets with NATO.
Just as the 1884-1885 Berlin Conference divided the African continent into spheres of influence between the major European powers and the U.S., with Ivory Coast belonging to France and Libya later taken by Italy, so now the U.S. and all the major former European colonial masters, who are now fellow NATO member states – France, Britain, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Turkey – are again planning to establish dominance over what has become the world’s second most populous continent.
There is a decent roundup of today’s proceedings at Stop NATO:
Civilian Casualties Reported As NATO Warplanes Bomb Libyan Capital
NATO Chief Requests More Warplanes For Ground Attacks
France: Increase NATO Bombing Of Libya Despite BRICS Nations’ Concerns
Libya, Ivory Coast: Russia Warns Of Dangerous Tendency
NATO’s Libya War: Over 2,100 Air Missions, Nearly 900 Strikes Since March 31
Libyan War: Canadian Warplanes Fly Almost 100 Missions
U.S. Warplanes Fly 97 Libyan Combat Missions In Nine Days
BRICS Leaders Condemn NATO Role In Libyan Conflict
BRICS Summit: Russia Opposes NATO’s Role In Libyan War
Video And Text: State Department, Pentagon Use Social Media For Cyberwarfare In Middle East
Ruling Party: Soros Plans Libyan Scenario For Ukraine
Clinton: U.S. Committed To Completion Of NATO Libyan War Mission
Berlin: NATO Assembles 50 Foreign Ministers On Libyan, Afghan Wars
Africa: Long History Of French Military Intervention
Libya Bombing: Hasty Call For Recolonization Of Africa
Qatar: NATO Powers Push Gaddafi Ouster, Support Opposition
War Allies: U.S.’s Biden, Qatar’s Emir Hail “Historic Partnership”
Spain To Continue Air, Naval Roles In NATO’s Libyan War
1:31am Pentagon officials disclosed that American fighter jets have continued airstrikes in Libya even after the US turned over the mission to NATO last week.
The revelation that Americans have flown 35 per cent of all air missions over the past 10 days came even as their allies complain that the US military should be doing more.
5:35am In recent field developments in Libya, pro-democracy rebels in Jebel-al-Gharbi district, have repelled Gaddafi troops in al-Haraba district, west of Rihaibat after clashes that broke out there.
The rebel fighters were able to seize a number of military vehicles and had captured some elements of Gaddafi troops as prisoners of war, rebel sources said.
7:54am Leaders from the five so-called "BRICS" emerging powers joined in criticising the air campaign in Libya, a government source at the summit said, when Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa met in southern China.
7:26am Libya is accusing the West of "financial piracy". Sanctions against the nation have frozen assets estimated by the country to be over $120bn. The Libyan government said there are no "legal grounds" in diverting Libyan assets to rebels.
8:48am A rebel fighter sits on the main highway awaiting a rumored Libyan Army advance between the crucial towns of Ajdabiyah and Brega, earlier this week. The rebels continued to hold Ajdabiyah a day after NATO air power struck army troops loyal to Gaddafi nearby, helping the rebels secure the city.
10:41am Libyan government forces have struck the coastal city of Misurata with dozens of Grad rockets, killing eight rebels, Abdelbasset Abu Mzereiq, a rebel spokesman told Reuters by telephone.
12:26am UN chief Ban Ki-Moon again called for a political solution to the crisis in Libya, and reiterated the need for an immediate ceasefire. Ban spoke following a Libya summit of international leaders in Cairo.
1:11pm Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, pledged that the United States would "strongly support" NATO-led military efforts in Libya until leader Muammer Gaddafi is ousted from power.
2:02pm Italian oil firm Eni plans to fill a tanker with crude oil from its oilfields in western Libya to Venice, where it can be stored more safely, a spokesman said.
UK and France cajole coalition nations to join air raids on Gaddafi
An Indy commenter Taleah pointed out that ~4 million Libyans, the big tribes, were behind the Libyan government.
Seems as if the Libyan gov hasn't asked them for help - yet. Prob waiting for the boots to arrive on the beaches.
She also mentioned that Hague is apoplectic because NATO is sticking to UN regs. NATO is causing a stalemate by its interference, keeping the insurgents in Ajdabiye and the army in Brega. (A divided Libya would leave the Libyan gov with the main oil fields.) If the insurgents attack Brega they are threatening civilians rather than defending them...
Iran is a mystery. Probably it could have the US controlled side of the council assassinated with just a word.
Humorous thought: Cameron, Sarkozy, Obama etc., "Gaddafi must step down."
Gaddafi, "I will if you will..."
Press TV - BAHRAIN REVOLUTION Witnesses: Troops start razing mosque in Bahraini city of Sitra
Libya: All About Oil, or All About Central Banking?
[Ellen has embarked on a learning curve.]
Leading party says Soros prepares “Libyan scenario” for Ukraine
Ukraine’s leading political party has said that the international financier George Soros has been preparing a “Lybian scenario” for the country.
The head of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Aleksandr Yefremov said in a televised comment on Wednesday that he had information that George Soros had allocated funds for the overthrow of the Ukrainian political authorities.
“I even have information that Soros has allocated certain funds in order to prepare a certain group of young boys here in Ukraine who could launch any existing projects based on the North Africa examples,” Yefremov said. He also added that he hoped that the Ukrainian people will be wise enough not to follow such provocations.
describing Misurata's situation from a semi propagandist POV, it mentioned with condemnation the army firing grad rockets while near the end of the article it says:
...At the western edge of Ajdabiya, the main gateway town into the opposition-held east, two wounded rebel fighters were brought through, and the rebel forces retaliated by firing rockets in the direction of Brega.
Grads fire multiple rockets almost at the same time. They are unguided and so indiscriminate. NATO seems to approve of insurgents using them but bombs army machines.
Need to be a youtube member to view, unpleasant.
Arguments for the international war against Libya:
Cartel controlled oil, cartel controlled central bank, control of the massive aquifer, puppet government, strategic location.
Libyan death toll.
Likely increase in total deaths as a result of intervention, several thousand.
Obviously, several thousand deaths is acceptable collateral damage to the animals.