Mali : c’est bien parti pour la « longue guerre », avec essentiellement les Français au sol et les drones étasuniens dans les airs.
Terror Leader Emerges, Then Vanishes, in Sahara
The U.S. is employing the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Joint Special Operations Command in a manhunt that underscores how quickly Washington is eyeing an expansion of its counterterrorism actions in northwestern Africa following the gas-plant attack. Senior U.S. officials are pressing to add Mr. Belmokhtar to a list of U.S. targets for capture or killing.
In recent days, France has dispatched attack helicopters and fighter jets on bombing runs, so far without result. The U.S. has sent surveillance planes and is considering a drone base in neighboring Niger.
Even with its 21st-century hardware and intelligence assistance from the U.S., France is finding it must send in troops.
“You can’t see anything from the air,” said a French colonel and spokesman at the French air base in Sevare, Mali. “You’ve got to have troops on the ground, with intelligence.”
A lire en complément d’un précédent post : http://seenthis.net/messages/11126
Libya’s caretaker government has quietly reactivated some of the interception equipment that fallen dictator Moammar Gadhafi once used to spy on his opponents.
The surveillance equipment has been used in recent months to track the phone calls and online communications of Gadhafi loyalists, according to two government officials and a security official. Two officials say they have seen dozens of phone or Internet-chat transcripts detailing conversations between Gadhafi supporters.
Message to Libyan rebels casts doubt on Canada’s role
During a trip to eastern Libya last June, at a time when rebel forces were locked in a stalemate with troops loyal to dictator Moammar Gadhafi and many countries were calling for a ceasefire, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird actively encouraged the rebels to keep fighting.
The revelation opens a new window onto the role Canada played in the civil war - while raising questions about whether this country violated the spirit of the United Nations Security Council resolution that authorized international involvement in the conflict.
The Libya Mission One Year Later : The rules of engagement
The Libyan rebels operating the ship openly acknowledged they were delivering the weapons to their forces in Misrata.
Skjerpen radioed to NATO headquarters for instructions. The response was swift: let the ship sail on so the crew could deliver their deadly cargo.
A NATO senior officer, Italian Vice Admiral Rinaldo Veri had boasted just weeks earlier that the alliance’s blockade closed the door on the flow of arms into Libya.
Not quite. While the UN embargo was clearly aimed at preventing the delivery of weapons both to Gadhafi and those fighting him, NATO looked the other way when it came to the rebels. Hundreds of tonnes of ammunition and arms breezed through the blockade, exposing what critics say was Canada and NATO’s real motive during the Libyan war — regime change under the guise of protecting civilians.
Security firms hustle in lawless Libya - #mercenaires
As rival militias in postwar Libya wage turf wars in Tripoli and the interim government struggles to form a national army, Western mercenaries are moving in to fill the security vacuum in the oil-rich North African state.
Under the circumstances, it’s not surprising that the executive bureau of the National Transitional Council, striving to govern a country wracked by gunfire and political feuding, is giving these companies the time of day.
Heavily armed militias, which formed the ragtag rebel alliance that defeated Gadhafi’s forces, with a major assist from NATO, are spread across the country, determined to control their home areas and defy the NTC.
Alors : du porno, de la drogue, comme Ben Laden ? Non : des photos de Condoleezza Rice. Les « révélations » farfelues commencent.
Rebels find album of Condoleezza Rice’s photos in Gadhafi compound
Libyan rebels rummaging through Moammar Gadhafi’s compound have discovered a photo album with pictures of Condoleezza Rice, who has long fascinated the Libyan leader.
In the ruins of Gadhafi’s lair, rebels find album filled with photos of his ’darling’ Condoleezza Rice
Gadhafi son offers to broker Libya cease-fire - CNN.com
In an e-mail exchange with CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson, Saadi Gadhafi — whose capture had been announced by the rebel leadership on Sunday — said he had the authority to negotiate and wanted to discuss a cease-fire with U.S. and NATO officials.
Encore un fils de Houdini.
Nous avons donc :
– Saif al Islam annoncé capturé, mais libre à la télé le lendemain :
– Mohammed Kadhafi annoncé capturé, mais libre le lendemain,
– Saadi Kadhafi annoncé capturé, mais libre aujourd’hui.
The Libya War argument - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
In April, 2003, American troops entered Baghdad and Saddam Hussein was forced to flee; six months later, the dictator was captured (“caught like a rat in a hole,” giddy American media outlets celebrated) and eventually hanged. Each of those incidents caused massive numbers of Iraqis who had suffered under his decades-long rule to celebrate, and justifiably so: Saddam really was a monster who had brutally oppressed millions. But what was not justifiable was how those emotions were exploited by American war advocates to delegitimize domestic objections to the war. Even though opposition to the war had absolutely nothing to do with doubt about whether Saddam could be vanquished by the U.S. military — of course he could and would be — the emotions surrounding his defeat were seized upon by Iraq War supporters to boastfully claim full-scale vindication (here’s one of my all-time favorites from that intellectually corrupt genre).
As I’ve emphasized from the very first time I wrote about a possible war in Libya, there are real and important differences between the attack on Iraq and NATO’s war in Libya, ones that make the former unjustifiable in ways the latter is not (beginning with at least some form of U.N. approval). But what they do have in common — what virtually all wars have in common — is the rhetorical manipulation used to justify them and demonize critics. Just as Iraq War opponents were accused of being “objectively pro-Saddam” and harboring indifference to The Iraqi People, so, too, were opponents of the Libya War repeatedly accused of being on Gadaffi’s side (courtesy of Hillary Clinton, an advocate of both wars) and/or exuding indifference to the plight of Libyans. And now, in the wake of the apparent demise of the Gadaffi regime, we see all sorts of efforts, mostly from Democratic partisans, to exploit the emotions from Gadaffi’s fall to shame those who questioned the war, illustrated by this question last night from ThinkProgress, an organization whose work I generally respect:
Beck: Obama Is "Not With The Terrorists, I’m Not Saying That, But He Is Sympathetic To Their Cause" | Media Matters for America
BECK: But here is - here is the point on that. I believe that’s because he just sees us as the oppressor nation. He just sees us as a nation who is and has oppressed the Native Americans and, and the Muslim communities around the world. And so he’s - he’s - he’s not with the terrorists, I’m not saying that, but he is sympathetic to their cause, which slows people down. You know what I mean?
#Libye, #Tunisie, #Algérie, etc. Ventes d’armes françaises | Reflets
Reflets.info faisait le point hier sur les ventes d’#armes françaises à des pays dont les peuples se révoltent. Les chiffres du SIPRI faisaient notamment ressortir une vente de missiles Milan à la Libye. Voici la suite. Elle n’est pas plus réjouissante.
Le rapport au Parlement sur les ventes d’armes à l’étranger pour 2009 fournit force détails sur nos exportations. Les Français se réjouiront avec l’ancien ministre de la Défense, Hervé Morin, de savoir qu’« Avec 8,16 milliards d’euros de prises de commandes en 2009, un chiffre supérieur de 22 % à celui de l’année précédente et jamais atteint depuis 2000, nous poursuivons le net redressement de nos exportations d’armement et la #France marque son retour parmi les exportateurs mondiaux ».
Le débat bat aussi son plein en Belgique, notamment vis à vis des syndicats de Herstal qui ont défendu bec et ongles la vente des armes à la #Libye.
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