NATO Praises Libyan Puppet Regime, War
July 19, 2012
NATO praises Libya vote, says it is “proud” of military campaign
[Rasmussen] said the military alliance stood “ready to assist, if requested, in building the modern security and defence institutions that the new Libya needs.”
Brussels: NATO congratulated Lybians on Wednesday, after it was announced that a liberal alliance had won the country‘s first elections since Moamer Gaddafi‘s ouster, and said it was “proud” of the military campaign that helped bring down the former dictator.
“This election marks an impressive step forward in Libya‘s transition to democracy, after over forty years of dictatorship,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.
“NATO is proud of the role that we played, together with our partners, in protecting the Libyan people under the mandate of the United Nations Security Council,” Rasmussen added.
He said the military alliance stood “ready to assist, if requested, in building the modern security and defence institutions that the new Libya needs.”
July 19, 2012
Family protest over missing Libya Olympic chief
TRIPOLI: Family and colleagues of Libya’s Olympic Committee president protested outside the prime minister’s office on Thursday, urging the government to do more to find him, four days after he was taken from his car by gunmen in Tripoli.
Nabil Elalem was with a colleague when two cars carrying armed men in military-style clothing blocked the road, other colleagues have said. The men told him he had to go with them and sped away, leaving his colleague behind. There has been no news about his whereabouts since.
Carrying pictures of the Olympic Committee chief as well as banners that read “Where is Nabil Elalem?”, a few dozen of the committee’s staff stood silently alongside his relatives outside Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib’s office.
“We are here to ask – what is the government doing?” Elalem’s brother Salah said. “The whole world is asking about him. We want the government to do its duty.”
“We are still waiting to see how the problem will be sorted,” Elalem’s colleague Arafat Jwan said. “There is nothing for now.” A group of the demonstrators later met with Keib.
Elalem, a former Libyan judo champion, took charge of the Olympic body after its president Mohammed Gaddafi, one of the deposed leader’s sons, fled to Algeria last August.
“This is an important person, the state should guarantee his security,” Mahmoud Jehani, a former soccer player and coach said. “I hope it will end soon.”
(Reporting by Ali Shuaib and Ayman Al-Sahli; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Pravin Char)
June 21, 2012
Libya tribal hack and slash: Hundreds killed and wounded in week
Clashes between warring factions are heating up in western Libya. Tribes that once supported the country’s uprising are battling each other and pro-Gaddafi rival tribes – all against the background of freebee arms.
Press secretary of the Libyan government Nasser al-Manaa reported that clashes between three tribes from Az Zintan, Mizda and Al-Shegaiga village resulted in at least 105 deaths and more than 500 wounded just last week.
The conflict reportedly flared over a strip of land repossessed by one of the tribes.
Al-Manaa revealed that the violence was stopped only after a government military presence was established in the region.
The number of dead and injured in Libya is comparable to the body count in Syria and following UN rhetoric, the ongoing violence in Libya strikingly resembles a civil (tribal) war.
Supported from abroad, an uprising against Muammar Gaddafi started in February 2011. Severe fighting between rebels and Gaddafi supporters lasted till October 20, when Colonel Gaddafi was killed by a raging mob near the city of Sirte after rebels took control of the capital Tripoli.
Libya appears to be so flooded with arms right now that even the grandchildren of today’s fighters will have enough thirty-round banana clips to sort things out for years to come.