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Focus: Libya News - Sept 14, 2016


Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army seize forth oil port Brega in Libya - Al Jazeera


VIDEO: Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army seize oil port Brega in Libya - Al Jazeera


LNA spokesman: Captured ports handed over to Libya National Oil Company, Haftar's forces would continue to guard the ports - AFP


Libya oil company chief says to 'begin work immediately to restart exports' from seized ports - Reuters


Libyan National Oil Company's positive statement on port seizures - digitaljournal.com


Libya UN-backed government rules out military response to captured oil ports, calls for urgent talks with Eastern rivals - The National


UN-backed Presidency Council divided on Libyan National Army's takeover of oil terminals as Hafter and HoR president call for exports to resume - libyaherald.com


U.S., Europe condemn Gen. Haftar’s for seizing Libyan oil terminals - World Tribune


Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States - state.gov


Italian FM: Oil ports attack destabilizing the country, conducted by Sudanese and Chadian rebels loyal to Haftar - The Libya Observer


Libyans to hold mass demonstrations in support of Libyan National Army, reject foreign intervention - tripolipost.com


Kobler tells UN Security Council Hafter has a role, but bats away a reporter’s question about what might be done to persuade Hafter to start talking to the Presidency Council - libyaherald.com


Libyan economy faces possible collapse, Kobler warns - VOA


Libya is now a major drug trafficking juncture to Europe, after the 2011 NATO intervention - The Daily Caller


Report: 82 per cent of migrants in Italy complain of violence at camps - breitbart.com

 

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British lawmakers condemn 2011 intervention in Libya, say based on poor intelligence and leading to the rise of the Islamic State - New York Times


Libyan intervention based on erroneous assumptions; David Cameron ultimately responsible - UK Parliament


Full Report: Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK's future policy options - House of Commons, Foreign Affairs Committee


David Cameron saw doubts over Libya as unhelpful, says ex-Forces chief - London Evening Standard


David Cameron must be summoned to Parliament to explain his decision to invade Libya, says Tory MP - telegraph.co.uk


Cameron's resignation as MP comes two days before DAMNING Libya report - Daily Express


David Cameron's warmongering in Libya resulted in catastrophe but only 15 MPs opposed it at the time, among them Jeremy Corbyn - anotherangryvoice


ARCHIVE: Hillary's huge Libya disaster, she strongly advocated and succeeded in convincing the administration to intervene militarily - The National Interest


ARCHIVE: Secret tapes reveal Pentagon officials distrusted Hillary Clinton on Libya, opened their own diplomatic channels with the Gadhafi regime to halt the escalating crisis - Washington Times


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Libya News - Sept 12, 2016

 

In a blow to the UN-backed Libyan government, forces loyal to eastern commander Haftar tighten their control over four major oil ports - Reuters


Capture of oil facilities resets power equations between the two Libya rival governments - The National


Haftar, the strongman who seems himself as Libya's saviour - AFP


VIDEO: Haftar's oil blitz could fatally undermine UN-backed Libyan government - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Field Marshal Haftar of Libyan National Army announces a successful campaign 2free key coastal cities - Egypt Built on Twitter


ARCHIVE: Former CIA asset Haftar has become a U.S. headache in Libya - The Washington Post


ARCHIVE: La Stampa: Rift between Haftar and France pushes him to enlist Russia's aid - The Libya Observer


Seizure of oil terminals sparks call for military action, UN-backed Libya government GNA calls on forces to protect ports against ‘flagrant aggression’ by rival administration - The Guardian


Statement (Arabic) of UN-backed Libya government GNA on the Haftar forces attacking oil ports of Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Brega & Zueitina - SaadAbedine on Twitter 


UN-backed Libyan governement’s plans to restore oil production suffer a significant setback - Bloomberg

 

Kobler: I call for immediate cessation of hostilities in oil crescent, respect for Libyan political agreement and recognizing Presidency Council / GNA as the sole executive authority in Libya - UNSMIL


EU statement: Libya's energy infrastructures must remain under the sole control of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) as the sole legitimate government - EU


Turkey condemns Haftar forces attack on Libya oil fields - Daily Sabah


MAP: Libya oil and gas infrastructure - IFI Advisory on Twitter

 

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‘Fighting to die’: Fresh IS attacks delay liberation of Sirte - Middle East Eye


Sirte battle pauses as IS feared in rear areas - libyaherald.com


19 U.S. airstrikes in support of GNA against Daesh: Sept. 9 to 11 - United States Africa Command


US carried out more than 140 strikes on IS in Libya in six weeks - telegraph.co.uk


ARCHIVE: Libya hospital overwhelmed by wounded in anti-IS fight - Daily Mail Online


Italy to open hospital, deploy 200 soldiers and 100 doctors and nurses to Libya: source - Reuters

 

Weekend migrant rescue tally off Libya at 3,400, Italy is sheltering growing numbers of would-be refugees as its European neighbors to the north move to tighten their borders - The Japan Times


Clashes in Tripoli between Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigade and Misratan forces - libyaherald.com


ARCHIVE: Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade seized General Intelligence Department HQs after clashes in Tripoli - The Libya Observer


Libya in world top ten for graft - libyaherald.com

 

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Former Deputy Chief of Mission for Libya Gregory Hicks op-ed: What the Benghazi attack taught me about Hillary Clinton - Nwo Report


VIDEO: Interview with Gregory Hicks on the Benghazi attack - Fox News


Pompeo: 'Scores and scores' of Benghazi documents not yet seen - newsmax.com


After Clinton fails to respond to lawsuit, parents of Benghazi victims want judgment against her - LawNewz

 

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Libya News - Aug 12, 2016


Libya’s oil production drops to 207k barrels a day, National Oil Company chairman says lost revenues now amount to $100bn - Libya Business Info


VIDEO: Political infighting and ISIS attacks have dented Libya’s oil industry, Interview with Libyan oil chief on $100bn loss - FT Markets


Libya needs big spend to boost vital oil revenue, $1 bln needed to repair energy infrastructure: NOC boss - CNBC


GNA unity government’s refusal to transfer funds pledged to state firm is stalling oil-output recovery, says NOC chief - Petroleum Economist


Libya National Oil Company’s chairman fears rival factions are poised for a major new war for control of central oilfields - Petroleum Economist


UN has set dangerous precedent by seeking a deal with one of the militias blocking Libya’s oil ports, says Libya's oil boss - The Guardian


Libya’s National Oil Corporation pleads with pro-Tobruk Haftar’s forces to refrain from attacking oil port - Libya Business Info


Libya Pro-Tobruk army says will stay outside disputed Zueitina port, currently held by pro-Tripoli guards - Chris Stephen on Twitter

 

Benghazi Saraya attacks Libyan National Army at Naga oilfield - Libya Business Info


VIDEO: Libya's biggest oil port could reopen within a month - Bloomberg


'Fair’ and agreed revenue sharing formula of the Libyan oil wealth, since oil money lies at the heart of the crisis - Natural Resource Governance Institute

 

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Support for Libyan unity government (GNA) 'crumbling': U.N. envoy - Reuters


Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) is missing its last initial - The Media Line


Mahmoud Jibril: Unity Govt (GNA) is weak & doomed to fail, militia leaders looking for a way out - Alwasat on Twitter


US Libya envoy says US supports only UN-backed (GNA) govt. forces - Chris Stephen on Twitter


Italy FM Gentiloni: 'We will soon reopen our embassy in Tripoli. And we will help [GNA] Serraj... Egypt make it harder to achieve reconciliation among local factions’ - Corriere della Sera


Egypt hosts UAE-sponsored meetings with general Haftar, GNA’s Sirraj and and HoR’s Saleh - The Libya Observer


Libyan Special Forces free Egyptians from an armed group who had kidnapped them - ahram.org


One of two rival chairmen of Libya sovereign fund quits - Reuters


Fannush: House of Representatives Cyrenaica members are advocating separation - The Libya Observer


Mayor and council of Benghazi replaced by Libyan military colonel - digitaljournal.com


Hafter appoints southern security committee - libyaherald.com


Tawerghans demonstrate in Tripoli and Benghazi on 5th anniversary of exile - libyaherald.com


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Libyan GNA forces in fresh clashes with Islamic State in Sirte - Daily Mail Online


Libyan official: ‘70 percent’ of last IS bastion liberated - The Washington Post


DoD Officials: GNA forces have reduced territory under ISIL control by about a third over the last week - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


MAP: ISIS-held areas in Sirte - The Libya Observer on Twitter


Total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning since Aug 1: 41 - United States Africa Command


Italy reportedly sends special forces to Libya under secret services rather than under military control - defensenews.com


Number of migrants arriving in Italy rises 12 pct in July - trust.org


ISIS wrote Sirte was 'gate to Rome' on walls - ANSA.it


Bodies of two Libyan pilots recovered in Sirte, Fighter jet was downed while striking positions in ISIS-held coastal city - Worldbulletin News


Piling in: Divisions within divisions in Libya complicate the West’s intervention - The Economist


In Libya, growing foreign interventions pose long-term risks - IPI Global Observatory

 

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Libya News - Aug 10, 2016


Libyan forces capture Sirte convention center as well hospital and university complex from Islamic State - Reuters


MAP: Remnants of ISIS militants are now hiding in [Sirte] residential areas 1 and 3 and some parts in area 2 - Libya Observer on Twitter


ISIS shoots down Libyan aircraft in Sirte, pilot killed - almasdarnews.com


16 Misrata-led fighters were killed and 35 others wounded in Wednesday fighting in Sirte, field hospital has reported - Libya Observer on Twitter


Libya's Misrata pays price in fight against IS - AFP


VIDEO: Libya’s Misrata pays price in fight against IS - YouTube


U.S. Special Operations troops aiding Libyan forces in major battle against Islamic State - The Washington Post


Pentagon denies U.S. troops in direct combat role in Libya - Washington Examiner


Pentagon: Islamic State down to 350 fighters in Sirte, Libya - Stripes


We don't need foreign troops: head of Libya's Government of National Accord - Africa Review


ISIS jihadis flushed out of Sirte with help from British troops - Daily Express


Italian special forces in Libya: sources - lifeinitaly.com


Key dates of the IS group in Libya - AFP


House panel finds ISIS intel was cooked, general pressured his intelligence analysts into playing down the ISIS and al Qaeda threats - The Daily Beast


2 Benghazi victims' parents sue Hillary Clinton for wrongful death - NPR


VIDEO: Mom of Benghazi victim sues Hillary: 'I am still here and I want answers!' - Fox News Insider


VIDEO: Interview with Larry Klayman, attorney on Benghazi lawsuit against Hillary - Fox News Insider

 

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Western nations concerned by mounting conflict around Libyan oil port - Reuters


Joint statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States - GOV.UK


Libya’s oil production drops to 207k barrels a day - FT.com


Libya: Tobruk govt wants UN envoy replaced, 'not neutral' - ANSAMed.it


Libyan parliament delegation in Cairo seeking more support from Egypt to strengthen its position against the Libyan Government of National Accord - Al Bawaba


Libyan parliament rejects UN envoy's proposal to hold intra-tribal dialogue - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


France withdraws its Haftar-supporting troops from Benghazi - The Libya Observer

 

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Libya News: Aug 4, 2016


US bombing missions in Libya now total nine over three days - Military.com


Libya, U.S. face entrenched Islamic State: Airstrikes aim to help retake Sirte but the extremists are dug in around the country - WSJ


US-backed Libyan govt forces ‘resting’ after U.S. airstrikes with no timetable to try to take more of the Sirte city - Antiwar.com


Libyan forces welcome Washington's involvement but remain wary of advancing for fear of ISIS mines and snipers - defenceWeb


Italy's foreign affairs undersecretary: Sirte anti-ISIS op 'still difficult on the ground' - ANSAMed.it


U.S. says Libyan forces 'spectacularly successful' fighting ISIS - Washington Examiner


In Libya, defeating ISIS one recoilless rifle at a time, a blow-by-blow accounting of airstrikes released by the U.S. Africa Command reveals the modest scope of the effort - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: U.S. releases video of precision strike against ISIS tank in Sirte, Libya - militarytimes.com


Beyond Sirte: US mulling expanding Libya intervention against IS - alaraby.co.uk


Defense industry bonanza: U.S. spends nearly $12 million daily to combat Islamic State - Breibart


Dueling Libyan governments at odds over US airstrikes, Tobruk authorities say they are illegal and conducted without any coordination with them - CNS


Statement Issued by the House of Representatives in Tobruk on US bombing in Libya (English translation at the bottom) - libyanwarthetruth.com


Spokesman of Haftar’s forces says US airstrikes on Sirte elections’ propaganda - The Libya Observer

 

Will US strikes on IS deepen Libya divisions among governments and militias? - AFP


Competing militias and centres of power hinder Libya’s fight against Islamic State - theaustralian.com


As Obama bombs ISIS in Libya, are we backing the right government? - The Fiscal Times


Expert on US airstrikes in Libya: Will the US be drawn into another quagmire? - Sputnik


Libya's bungled oil deal: The eastern Tobruk government and the western Tripoli-based GNA are pursuing separate and conflicting oil policies - al-monitor.com


Libya’s dangerous oil deal: The UN-brokered ports deal cannot on its own increase the country’s oil output. But it may worsen the conflict - Petroleum Economist


Citi on Libyan oil deal: It’s a “headfake” - OilPrice.com

 

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Trump calls Clinton 'a founder of ISIS' for creating the conditions that have allowed the terrorist group to thrive - LA Times


Hillary’s with us…if you want a destabilized world (Libya edition) - Donald J Trump for President


Hillary Clinton's Benghazi scandal: Arming jihadists in Libya…and Syria - National Review


WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: Clinton lied under oath about her knowledge of Libyan arms exports to Syria - Breitbart


Leaked email shows Hillary bragged about her role in Libya - independentsentinel.com


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Misusing a quote about peace: Obama Calls for Peace and Comity at Home, But Favors Wars and Killer Drones Abroad

By Dave Lindorff

 

            President Barack Obama made an eloquent plea for sanity and peace following the latest deadly assault on police officers -- this time a gunman with an assault rifle shooting and killing three cops in Baton Rouge and wounding another three, one critically injured.

Focus: The Benghazi Report - June 29, 2016


Benghazi report: Troops didn't get orders to deploy until five hours after terror attack that killed four Americans - TheHill


Where was the military during Benghazi? Report shows that as the battle raged, no help ever arrived — or was ever dispatched - LifeZette


Marines responding to Benghazi held up by officials debating on weapons and uniforms, commander says - marinecorpstimes.com


Pentagon respond to harsh criticism that it failed to act in Benghazi, says faster response wouldn't have mattered - Washington Examiner


Pentagon officials: Anti-aircraft weapons prevented possibility of Air Force aid in Benghazi - breitbart.com


ARCHIVE: Squadron member stationed in Italy speaks out on stalled Benghazi response: We could have been there, we were waiting for the order which never came - Fox News


ARCHIVE: U.S. military ordered a rescue team in Tripoli not to go to Benghazi - The Weekly Standard


CIA chief in Benghazi confirmed that he told his team to wait and not to deploy yet while he tried to obtain reinforcements from local Libyan 'security forces' - Breitbart


Gowdy: CIA didn't want us talking to witness who said he had to work phone to get Gaddafi loyalists to come save them in Benghazi - Breitbart


Benghazi officer warned U.S. months before attack: 'Everybody' will die because of lack of security - Breitbart


The 7 must-read passages in the Benghazi report - POLITICO


House Select committee on Benghazi releases proposed report (Full text) - Select Committee on Benghazi


Democratic report on the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi (Full Text) - Democrats

 

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Clinton claims House Benghazi report ‘found nothing,’ says time to ‘move on’ - Fox News


VIDEO: Clinton responds to Benghazi report - NYTimes.com


Rep. Pompeo: Hillary ‘failed to lead' on Benghazi - newsmax.com

 

Addendum by Jim Jordan and Mike Pompeo to the House Select Committee report on Benghazi (Full text) - POLITICO


White House spokesman: Claim that the military was slow to respond to the Benghazi attacks 'has been thoroughly debunked’ - POLITICO


The 15 questions by Gowdy about Benghazi that Barack Obama declined to answer - Breitbart


VIDEO: State Department spokesman says the clothing issue did not affect the speed or timeliness of any possible military response - YouTube


State Department employees react in shock to Susan Rice’s Benghazi comments - Business Insider


Democratic Benghazi report shows payout to Blumenthal from pro-Clinton groups: $200,000 a year - freebeacon.com


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Hillary's Email Bombshell: Saudi's Financed the Benghazi Attack

By Gar Smith

Bernie Sanders may have been chivalrous when he told a beleaguered Hillary Clinton, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” But when it comes to actually reading some of Clinton’s confidential exchanges, that’s another matter.

In December 2014, Hillary Rodham Clinton began providing the State Department with personal emails sent or received during her tenure as Secretary of State. The final batch was released on February 29, 2016. The entire collection is now posted on the State Department’s Public Reading Room and is searchable via this link.

But the collection is not complete. Clinton admits to having deleted 32,000 emails “deemed private.” Among the missing are a number of politically charged emails sent to Secretary Clinton by a trusted colleague named Sidney Blumenthal. Blumenthal’s emails were allegedly captured and copied by Marcel Lazar Lehel, an unemployed Romanian taxi driver better known as “Guccifer” and “Small Fume.” In April of this year, Lehel became an instant celebrity after he was identified as the cyber-savvy interloper who had hacked into Clinton’s official email account during her time as Secretary of State. (Lehel was recently awarded an all-expenses-paid trip from a Romanian prison to the US where he will spend his days in an American jail cell under 18-month extradition order.)

Bernie Dead Wrong: We SHOULD Care -- a Lot -- About Her Emails

 

 


Hillary Clinton’s Damning Emails

 

 

 

Editor Note: Before the Democrats lock in their choice for President, they might want to know if Hillary Clinton broke the law with her unsecure emails and may be indicted.

By Ray McGovern

Why I won’t be voting for Hillary in November: A Neolib Posing as a Progressive vs. a Reality TV Star Posing as a Fascist

By Dave Lindorff

 

            I won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton if she wins the Democratic Party nomination for president, and I won’t heed Bernie Sanders if, as he has vowed to do, he calls on his supporters to “come together” after the convention, should he lose, to support Clinton and prevent Donald Trump or another Republican from becoming president.

 

Libya News - Mar 10, 2016


Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing: U.S. commander in Africa says Libya is a failed state - militarytimes.com


AFRICOM Cmdr, Gen. Rodriguez's written testimony to Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing - US AFRICOM on Twitter


Top U.S military official supports sending special operators to Libya, says they could work with the Islamist Tripoli government - TheHill


Pentagon has plan to cripple IS in Libya with air barrage - The New York Times


Satellite imagery confirms the arrival of French special operations forces to Benghazi air base which is under the control of Gen. Haftar - Stratfor


Libya military intervention may worsen situation: Italy minister - THE DAILY STAR


Arguments between US and Italy on intervention in Libya - Libya Prospect


Tunisian forces in deadly clashes with jihadists near Libyan border following attacks earlier this week - France 24


Egyptian Special Forces deployed to borders with Libya after Qaddafi: Sisi - nsnbc international


Islamic State threat rising in Morocco, analysts aay - VOA

 

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Push for unity government stalls amid frictions between the country’s East and the West factions - Reuters


Tobruk House of Representatives again fails to vote on Libyan unity government due to lack of quorum - digitaljournal.com


Tripoli detention of presidency security team members angers UN envoy Kobler - libyaherald.com


Libya: the unity government agreement lacks the political will and commitment from the factions who signed on to it  - atlanticcouncil.org


Analysts: Immediate international action against Islamic State in Libya is needed regardless of the status of peace talks on a unity government - VOA


Tobruk House of Representatives condemns prime minister-designate Serraj visit to Jakarta - libyaherald.com


Tobruk Libyan air forces strike Islamic State held Sirte while UN unity efforts remain stalled - Tunisialive


New MiG-21s and Mi-8s for Tobruk-based Libyan National Army Air Force - AeroHisto

 

Tripoli-based Fatwa House Research Council calls for supporting Benghazi Islamist fighters - The Libya Observer


ISIS' weekly magazine spotlights Libya, introduces new leader - vocativ.com


Suspected IS fighters kill 3 guards at Libya checkpoint - ABC News


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Libya News - Mar 8, 2016


Tunisia: 45 killed as Islamist fighters launch RPG assault reportedly from Libya on border town of Ben Guerdane - ibtimes.co.uk


Tunisia Closes Border with Libya After Attack Kills 50 - teleSUR English


VIDEO: Tunisia’s president: "Today’s attack on the army is unprecedented, organized and was probably meant to declare a new state" - euronews


Islamic State expands in post-Qaddafi Libya - CNN.com


Islamic State forging migrant army in Libya by dominating human trafficking routes - Middle East Eye


Has Islamic State acquired Qaddafi’s deadly shoulder-held missiles? - newsweek.com


VIDEO: Islamic State militants muster ‘military style’ attack in Tunisia - CNN


VIDEO: Live footage of the battle in Ben Guerdane, Tunisia - YouTube


VIDEO (Arabic): Islamic State message to Tunisia - YouTube


Did Islamic State chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi moved from Turkey to Libya to escape hunt operation? - alalam.ir


Islamic State in Libya: How Boko Haram jihadis are flocking to join holy war in North Africa - ibtimes.co.uk


Qaeda affiliate Ansar Dine claims four attacks in Mali - The Long War Journal


The Islamic State papers: leaked documents show how Isis is building its state - The Guardian


The Islamic State papers: behind 'death cult' image lies a methodical bureaucracy - The Guardian


Islamic State faces crude reality as oil output slumps, the well-oiled war machine is starting to creak - CNN

 

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International Libya force led by Italy readied as dozens killed in Tunisia - The Guardian


PM Renzi: Italy won’t rush into action, move against Islamic State remains on hold as long as Libya has not formed a unified government - The Local


Italy foreign minister Gentiloni discusses Islamic State militants, migration from Libya - ibtimes.com


VIDEO (and transcript): FM Gentiloni on Italy's role in the Mediterranean - Council on Foreign Relations


Foreign minister Lamamra: Algeria won't be involved in military intervention in Libya or elsewhere - allAfrica.com


Sisi says Egypt won't intervene militarily in Libya - Ahram Online


Egypt, France hold joint Mediterranean military exercise amid concerns over the growing influence of IS in Libya - alaraby.co.uk


Will Islamic State use Libya as a springboard to attack Egypt? - Commentary Magazine


Hillary Clinton says she supports using special forces in Libya - TIME


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton defends past intervention to overthrow Qaddafi, says she supports using special forces in Libya now - Fox News


Islamic State's setback in Libya bolsters defiant general Haftar who scored success over jihadist groups in Benghazi - Bloomberg Business


General Khalifa Haftar: man on whose shoulders ‘peace’ in Libya rests - New Delhi Times


Revolutionary Brigades gathering forms unified operations room in Tripoli, “we call on the UN to stop the war waged by rogue General Khalifa Haftar" - The Libya Observer


Libya’s militias in Tripoli take justice into their own hands - Al-Monitor


Libya's central bank causing 'civil war' by paying rival militias, says UK envoy - Telegraph


Libyan Wealth Fund control dispute reaches London court, disagreement mirrors battles between the two Libyan governments - Bloomberg Business


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Libya Intervention Part Deux Based on False Intelligence

The gears of war are spinning up once again as the US and its partners go about preparing to implement Libya Intervention Part Deux. Latest report from the Sunday Telegraph indicate the planned invasion is based on FALSE INTELLIGENCE!


Now where have we heard that before? Oh that's right, this website was originally founded as AfterDowningStreet.org and dedicated to exposing the US's previous war criminal president's lies that led to the US invading Iraq and causing a million+ civillian casualties and costing a few trillion dollars of treasure.

So now under the current war criminal president it just makes sense to do it ALL OVER AGAIN....

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Focus: The New York Times on Hillary Clinton and the Libya War - Feb 29, 2016


Hillary Clinton, ‘smart power’ and a dictator’s fall: Libya as a failed state and terrorist haven, 769 readers comments (Part 1) - New York Times


New Libya with ‘very little time left': militias fanning civil war and Islamic State rising out of chaos, 196 reader comments (Part 2) - New York Times


In their own words: the Libya tragedy, interviews with decision makers involved in the intervention about what went wrong - New York Times


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton’s legacy in Libya, as secretary of state she pressed the Obama administration to intervene militarily - New York Times


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Hillary Clinton laughing comment on Qaddafi death: we came, we saw, he died - YouTube


The New York Times accurately portrays Hillary Clinton as an unrepentant warmonger, who will call her on it? - Reason.com


The New York Times' cover-up of Hillary's illegal Libyan war - Frontpage Mag


NYT is whitewashing Clinton and her war on Libya - M of A


NY Times shamelessly whitewashes Hillary’s intervention in Libya - independentsentinel.com


ARCHIVE: Hillary Clinton Libya war genocide narrative rejected by U.S. intelligence, undercutting her primary argument for using the U.S. military to remove Qaddafi from power - Washington Times


BOOK REVIEW: Daughter of empire in its heyday: Diana Johnstone dissects Hillary Clinton in ‘Queen of Chaos’ - counterpunch.org

 

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DNC vice chair Tulsi Gabbard resigns and endorses Sanders, blasts Clinton’s 'interventionist, regime change policies' - Salon.com


VIDEO: Tulsi Gabbard on endorsing Sanders: we need a commander in chief who do not waste precious lives and money on wars - YouTube


Bill Clinton gets into heated exchange with Benghazi protesters - CNNPolitics.com


VIDEO: Protesters talk Benghazi four at Bill Clinton rally for Hillary 2016 - YouTube


Robert Kagan's Premature and Wrongheaded Decision to Endorse Clinton - PJ Media


Robert Kagan op-ed: Trump is the GOP’s frankenstein monster, the only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton - The Washington Post


Trump's spotty memory on Libya: In a February 2011 video he called for U.S. intervention in Libya - US News


VIDEO: Donald Trump flip flop on Gaddafi & Libya 2011 - 2016 - YouTube


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DNC defection: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Surprise Endorsement Gives Sanders a Chance to Change the Whole Primary Game

By Dave Lindorff

 

            Just as the media, in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s landslide win in South Carolina’s Democratic primary Saturday, are predictably writing the obituary for Bernie Sanders’ upstart and uphill campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has handed him an opportunity to jolt the American people awake.

Libya News - Feb 26, 2016


Secret's out: French special forces, along with U.S., U.K. teams, fighting Islamic State in Libya - The Japan Times


France’s ‘secret war’ against IS in Libya: Defence Minister launches an investigation alleging 'breaches of national defence' - France 24


UK Special Forces spearheading 'secret war' against IS in Libya - Mirror Online


French forces arrived in Libya to support Haftar in Benghazi, a common operations room has been set up - middleeastmonitor.com


Deploying land troops in Libya ‘unthinkable’ and ‘absurd': Italy Defense Minister - EUROPE ONLINE


Italy seeks to keep allies in check, tries to persuade them to limit action in Libya until a unity government is in place - Reuters


Libya’s neighbours to meet March 21 in Tunisia on ending IS crisis - Africanews


Bombing of Libya looms as neighboring states seek to seal the borders and build refugee towns - The North Africa Journal


US rules out leading coalition to stop IS in Libya - Worldbulletin News


U.S. unable to halt IS march towards Libyan oil - OilPrice.com


Hunting Boko Haram: U.S. extends its drone war deeper into Africa with secretive base - theintercept.com


Libya’s warring governments launch separate assaults on IS - The National


PHOTOS: Benghazi celebrates after government forces seize control of areas once controlled by Islamic militants - ibtimes.com


Libyan Tobruk-based parliament to move to Benghazi within week - sputniknews.com


Libya unity government vote stalls after threats, Washington strongly condemns all attempts to obstruct the political process - AFP


UN cites torture, murder, violations and abuses in lawless Libya - United Nations


Investigation by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Libya (Short Version) - United Nations


Investigation by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Libya (Long Version) - United Nations

 

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‘Bravo!’ In email Clinton’s friend praises her for convincing a reluctant President Obama to take military action in Libya - In These Times


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton answers a question about her support for the 2011 Libya war which toppled Qaddafi and led to five years of anarchy - CNN


ARCHIVE: Emails show Clinton’s interest in arming Libyan rebels despite prohibitions - Fox News


Assange: Vote for Hillary Clinton is ‘vote for endless, stupid war' which spreads terrorism - RT News


Gowdy: Benghazi findings likely public before summer, ‘our committee continues to break an immense amount of new ground' - Washington Examiner


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Focus: Islamic State in Libya - Jan 23, 2016


U.S. and Allies Said to Plan Military Action on ISIS in Libya - The New York Times


New Western security plans for Libya take shape as the Islamic State threat grows - The Washington Post


Here’s How U.S. Special Operations Command Views Libya - Defense One


In Libya, U.S. Courts Unreliable Allies to Counter ISIS - The New York Times


New Libyan deputy PM says doesn't want British ground troops to fight Islamic State, foreign boots could offend national pride - Telegraph


West ignoring grave threat from IS in Libya, Israeli terror experts warn - The Times of Israel


REPORT: ISIS in Libya: a Major Regional and International Threat - Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center


REPORT: Libya’s Chaos: Threat to the West - Gatestone Institute


Islamic State leader Baghdadi sends Iraqi commander to tighten grip on new Libya stronghold - Telegraph


ISIS directs jihadi recruits to 'Libya Province' in bid to establish second homeland - Washington Times


Fires still raging at major Libyan oil terminal after an attack by Islamic State - Reuters


Libya Sees Militant Attacks on Oil Storage Tanks Hurting Exports - Hellenic Shipping News


ISIS behead man for sorcery in Sirte - but he was a complimentary therapist practising acupuncture - Mirror Online


Whipped for drinking alcohol and executed for stealing: The horrific moment three men are shot dead in front of a mob by ISIS in Sirte - Daily Mail Online


Gaddafi warned Blair his ousting would 'open door' to jihadis - The Guardian


Clinton Emails on Libya Expose The Lie of 'Humanitarian Intervention' - huffingtonpost.com

 

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ISIS goes global: Over 60 attacks in 20 countries - FOX6Now.com


Jihadists Deepen Collaboration in North Africa - The New York Times


As ISIS Expands In North Africa, Morocco Faces Rising Threat Of Islamic State Terrorism - IBTimes


Daesh & Boko Haram May Form ‘Axis of Terror’ In North Africa: German Defense Minister - ElectroAkhbar


Boko Haram benefited enormously from the vacuum created following the West’s ousting of Gaddafi - Black Agenda Report


Burkina Faso attack confirms al Qaeda revival in Africa - CNN.com


A list of recent Islamic extremists attacks in Africa - AP


ISIS targets North African nations in massive media blitz, A slew of propaganda videos calls for militants to attack governments - vocativ.com


VIDEO: New ISIS Videos Threaten Maghreb, North Africa - Heavy.com


ISIS video uses Oliver Reed fighting Libyans in Lion of the Desert, The video's audio claims ISIS will not stop until it has conquered Rome (VIDEO) - Daily Mail Online


REPORT: Al Qaeda and ISIS: Existential threats to the US and Europe -  American Enterprise Institute


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Focus: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Jan 15, 2016

 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, movie reignites ‘stand-down’ order debate while Democrats say is Hollywood fantasy - POLITICO


VIDEO: Heroes of Benghazi to Megyn Kelly: 'We Were Told to Stand Down' - Fox News Insider


Benghazi soldier says U.S. unused military assets were 'on call' the night of the attack, within range of Benghazi - Frontpage Mag


DOD Email to State Department Shows Military Offer to Rescue Benghazi Victims, It Was Ignored or Turned Down - americanthinker.com


Text of Email Showing DOD Offered State Department “Forces that Could Move to Benghazi” Immediately, Waited for Approval – Judicial Watch


Jason Chaffetz: Serious Questions Remain About Leon Panetta, Benghazi - newsmax.com


VIDEO: Chaffetz blasts lack of WH leadership during Benghazi attack - Fox News


After Screening the New Movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Victims' Families Push Back Against Clinton About Video - Breitbart


ARCHIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack, sources say - Fox News


ARCHIVE: Benghazi Whistleblower Gregory Hicks: Requests for Military Backup Denied - The Daily Beast


TRANSCRIPT: Whistle-blower’ account of Sept. 11 Libya terror attack - Fox News


ARCHIVE: CIA honored Benghazi chief in secret ceremony, He is 'Bob' who reportedly gave the stand down order - The Daily Beast


ARCHIVE: A Chronology Of The Stand Down Order - Discussionist


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Worst president ever?: History Should and Probably Will Judge President Obama Harshly

By Dave Lindorff


President Barack Obama is on track to go down in history as one of the, or perhaps as the worst and most criminal presidents in US history. 


It's not terrorism if it's retaliation: Chattanooga Shooting, If Linked to ISIS, is a Legitimate Act of War

By Dave Lindorff

 

I'm not a fan of war or of killing of any kind, but the labeling of the deadly attack by Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez on two US military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee as an act of terror is absurd.

40 years after Vietnam: Celebrating the End of One War, and Witnessing the Start of a New One Here at Home

By Dave Lindorff


It was 40 years ago today that the last troops from America’s criminal war against the people of Vietnam scurried ignominiously onto a helicopter on the roof of the US Embassy in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and fled the country where US forces had killed some 3-4 million people in the name of “fighting Communism.” 


Libya News - Apr 20, 2015


Fury as 700 people feared dead in ‘avoidable’ Mediterranean shipwreck, Amnesty calls it 'man-made tragedy of appalling proportions' - AFP


The Latest: Migrant survivor says 950 aboard capsized boat, about 200 women and dozens of children were among the passengers - Yahoo News


VIDEO: 700 feared dead as migrant boat sinks off Libya - Channel 4


VIDEO: Immigrants sailing from Libya saved - The Guardian


Migrant boat disaster: Countries across Europe accused of 'closing their eyes' to deaths - The Independent


EU refugee policies come under fire amid Mediterranean migrant disaster - DW.DE


The EU's asylum policy is to blame for the tragedy unfolding in the Mediterranean - Spectator Blogs


Save the Children statement: “The scale of what is happening in the Mediterranean isn’t an accident, it’s a direct result of our policy - Save the Children UK


Interview with Save the Children' Sarah Tyler: ′Restart search and rescue operation′ - DW.DE


Italian Red Cross chief slams lack of response from Europe to migrant crisis - ITV News


Medecins Sans Frontieres: A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean and European policies are responsible - ITV News


NGOs demand humanitarian corridor, lay blame at the feet of Fortress Europe - MaltaToday.com.mt


EU ending migrant rescue missions has not curbed demand, say smugglers - The Guardian


List: The deadliest migrant boat events in the Mediterranean Sea in recent years - usatoday.com


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Prime Minister Matteo Renzi Says Italy Can't Tackle Mediterranean Migrant Crisis Alone - ndtv.com


Mogherini hints a criticism of northern European countries that have so far left rescue operations to southern states such as Italy - Reuters


Statement of Federica Mogherini on the capsizing of a migrants' boat in the Mediterranean sea - European Union, EEAS


European Parliament chief Schulz calls for change of EU migration policy - KUNA


UN Urges 'Robust' Rescue Operations for Refugees Following Largest Migrant Catastrophe in Mediterranean and Establish Credible Legal Avenues to Reach Europe - allAfrica.com


Pope Francis asks world to help Italy with migrants - Updated News


Farage blames “fanatical” Cameron and Sarkozy for the drowning of hundreds of migrants off Italy, saying the exodus was “directly caused” by western intervention in the civil war in Libya - Telegraph


VIDEO: Nigel Farage: David Cameron’s ‘fanaticism’ is to blame for Libya migrant crisis - Spectator Blogs


VIDEO: Rand Paul criticizes Hillary Clinton over Libya: I think it was a mistake to be in Libya... Jihadists swim in our swimming pool now. It's a disaster. We should have never been there - RealClearPolitics


Rand Paul: Benghazi disqualifies Hillary Clinton for president, she is guilty of a “dereliction of duty” during her time as secretary of state - dailysignal.com


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Slaughter on the beach in Libya: Islamic State behead and shoot Ethiopian Christians in sickening new propaganda video - Daily Mail Online


VIDEO (short and full versions): Christians executed by Islamic State in video titled 'Until there came to them – Clear evidence' - tangentcode


Islamic State Files Show Structure of Islamist Terror Group - SPIEGEL ONLINE


Libya peace talks 'very close' to final accord: UN - Yahoo News


Excerpts from SRSG for Libya Bernardino Leon’s Press Conference in Skhirat Morocco, 19 April 2015 - United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)


Heavy clashes in central district, suburb of Tripoli - Reuters

 

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Brutalizers and the Brutalized

The Nasty Blowback from America's Wars



Editor Note: There are historical warnings to countries that inflict violence abroad, that the imperial impulse will blow back on the domestic society with suppression of public debate and repression of common citizens, that the war will come home — as is happening in the United States.

By Ray McGovern

Brutality thrives in American police treatment of common citizens reflecting an ethos of violence that has flourished over the past dozen years with almost no one in authority held accountable. Much of this behavior can be traced back to U.S. wars of choice – and it is not as though we were not warned of the inevitable blowback.

Credit where credit's due...but only where it's due: How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?

By Dave Lindorff


A kudo to President Obama. But just one.

If he manages to pull off an agreement with Iran on limiting that country's nuclear fuel enrichment program in the fact of determined resistance from Republicans, Neocons, the Israel Lobby and the warmongers in both the GOP and his own Democratic Party, he will have finally earned at least some small portion of the gold in his Nobel Peace medallion.

Libya News - Mar 5, 2015


Oil fields burned by Islamic State militants, Libyan authorities say - EUROPE ONLINE


Airstrikes target purported Islamic State militants after they attack central Libyan oil field - Star Tribune


Libya Declares Force Majeure on Oil Fields in Central Region - WSJ


Libya asks U.N. for arms, jets, tanks to battle Islamic State: letter - Reuters


Italian Navy sending ships towards Libya's coast, energy group ENI owns offshore oil platforms and a pipeline - breitbart.com


Why Libya is ringing alarm bells in Italy - The Local


Italy rescues 1000 refugees from Mediterranean over two days, 10 people found dead - The Guardian


US official: ISIS Has Turned Libya Into New Support Base, Safe Haven (VIDEO) - foxnews.com


Libya FM: 5,000 Foreign Fighters Flock to Libya as ISIS Call for Jihadists - newsweek.com


ISIS Sets Sights on the Mediterranean - gatestoneinstitute.org


Abdelhakim Belhadj, a U.S.-backed rebel, reportedly leads Islamic State in Libya - Washington Times


PHOTO: Would that be the same Abdelhakim Belhadj that SenJohnMcCain is so chummy with? Asking for a friend - Patrick Poole on Twitter

 

Libya: clashes between army-ISIS in central Benghazi - ANSAMed.it


Another Copt Beheaded in Libya as Patriarch Meets Families of 21 Martyrs - Breitbart


The Ancient Sites Now Under Threat From ISIS in Libya - newsweek.com


Egypt gearing up for major attack on militants in Libya - Washington Times


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At the UN Security Council special envoy Leon warns Libya faces disintegration if political crisis is not resolved - libyaherald.com


Libya crisis ‘festering,’ UN envoy Leon warns, urging decisive action to build national unity - United Nations News Centre


Coverage of Security Council Briefing on Festering Unrest in Libya - ReliefWeb


UN announce details of Libya peace talks, will discuss the positions of prime minister and deputy prime minister in the proposed national unity government - spyghana


Anti-ISIS deal between Tripoli, Tobruk 'never closer': UN special envoy - ANSA.it


UN report paints damning picture of foreign complicity in rearming Libya - libyaherald.com


Rival forces in Libya carry out tit-for-tat strikes before UN talks - timesofmalta.com


Libya's Haftar appointed army chief for recognized government - Reuters


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House committee subpoenas Clinton emails in Benghazi probe, she ran her own email server while in office - The Washington Post


Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests - NYTimes.com


Clinton’s E-Mail System Built For Privacy Though Not Security - Bloomberg Business


Why Clinton's Private Email Server Was Such a Security Fail - WIRED


Panel's head Democrat: Make Clinton's Benghazi emails public - CNN.com


Hacked emails: Money from “wealthy Sunni Islamists in Saudi Arabia” financed Benghazi attack, Intel reportedly sent to Hillary Clinton by staffer - wnd.com


State Dept. misled on Benghazi bombing three months before the Sept. 11 attack on the same compound? Declassified Pentagon documents show no response to previous terror strike - wnd.com


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Avoids Email Scandal at Emily's List Gala, Teases Presidential Run - YouTube

 

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No more AUMFs! No more ‘unitary executives’!: We’re Already Losing Our Democracy and All Our Freedoms to the 2001 AUMF

By Dave Lindorff

 

            Critics of President Obama’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force AUMF) against ISIS have been focused upon its deliberately obfuscatory and ambiguous language, which they rightly note would make it essentially a carte blanche from Congress allowing the president to go to war almost anywhere some would-be terrorist or terrorist copycat could be found who claims affinity with ISIS.

Libya News - Feb 16, 2015

 

Video released by the Islamic State shows 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded in Libya - The Long War Journal


VIDEO: Official IS Video Showing The Beheading Of  21 Christians In Libya: 'A Message Signed With Blood To The Nation Of The Cross’ - Vimeo


Latest Islamic State's Dabiq magazine includes article on the 21 Egyptians Christians, incl screenshots of today's video - Pieter Nanninga on Twitter


Full text of Dabiq 7, latest issue of the Islamic State magazine - justpaste.it


Coptic Christian Woman Unwittingly Becomes Focal Point of Islamic Clash With Christianity - aina.org

 

Sisi warns of response after Islamic State kills 21 Egyptians in Libya - Reuters

 

VIDEO: Egypt President Sisi condemns 'inhuman criminal killers’ - BBC News

 

Last week Islamic 'State of Sinai’ claimed 8 decapitations of alleged Egyptians and Israeli agents in North Sinai - Daily News Egypt

 

Egyptian Police Prevent Two Islamic State Suicide Attacks in Sinai - Sputnik International

 

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New UN rights report depicts ‘turmoil, lawlessness’ in Libya (full report included) - United Nations News Centre


Libya official warns on spread of Islamic State militant threat - Reuters


Islamic State 'province' in Libya claims capture of town, seizes buildings including radio and television stations in Sirte - The Long War Journal


Libya's El Sarir oil pipeline remains halted after sabotage: official - Reuters


VIDEO: Explosion at Libya's El-Sarir Oil Field - Yahoo Yahoo UK


Libyan army says retook 2 oilfields from Islamic State - Worldbulletin News


Libya Warns of Oil Shutdown as Attacks Escalate - Bloomberg Business


The Battle for Libya’s Oil - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 

With Oil Fields Under Attack, Libya's Economic Future Looks Bleak - NPR

 

Italy suspends Libya embassy operations and evacuates citizens, says it is ready to lead a coalition to battle against the advance of jihadi groups in Libya - THE DAILY STAR

 

Italy seeks military help as Islamic State seizes Gadaffi home town Sirte - The Times

 

Italy attempting rescue of 1,000 migrants in Mediterranean - UPI.com

 

VIDEO: Italy: Coastguard moves to rescue at least 1,000 boat migrants - euronews

 

Islamic State Sprouting Limbs Beyond Its Base - NYTimes.com

 

U.S. officials: Islamic State’s expanding network of affiliates raises fears of new global war on terror - Dallas Morning News

 

VIDEO: Is Islamic State in control of affiliates in Libya and other countries ? - CNN Video

 

White House says Congress shouldn't sidestep Islamic State measure, saying lawmakers must not "take a pass” - Reuters

 

Sunday show wrap-up: Islamic State dominates - TheHill

 

Benghazi Committee ‘Confirmed’ Forthcoming Testimony From Hillary Clinton, Will Interview White House Officials - TheBlaze.com

 

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Obama the war president -- War: Where 69¢ of Each Tax Dollar Goes

By Dave Lindorff

 

         The Nobel Peace Laureate President Barack Obama, the guy who once campaigned claiming one US war -- the one against Iraq -- was a “bad” one, and the other -- against Afghanistan -- was a “good” one, turns out to be a man who, once anointed commander-in-chief, can’t seem to find a war he doesn’t consider to be a “good” idea.

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