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  • Warning of jihadist threat, Libya PM pleads for help - AFP on Jan 13, 15
    • Warning of jihadist threat, Libya PM pleads for help
    • Al-Baida (Libya) (AFP) - The head of Libya's recognised government has pleaded for more help from the international community, warning that the country could become a dangerous haven for jihadists on Europe's doorstep.

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  • France preparing military strikes against southern Libya - World Socialist Web Site on Jan 12, 15
    • France preparing military strikes against southern Libya

        By  Thomas Gaist 
        10 January 2015 
    • The French military is preparing to launch strikes against targets in Libya within the next three months according to an anonymous French diplomatic official who spoke to the London-based Arab-language paper Asharq Al-Awsat.


      “I am ready to bet that this intervention will take place within three months,” the unnamed diplomatic source said.


      The question is no longer whether France will intervene militarily in Libya, but when, the diplomat made clear in comments made late last week .


      French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian gave similar indications during his visit to Niger last week while visiting a new French military base near the Niger-Libyan border. Without openly calling for war, Le Drian strongly indicated that the French government and military consider some form of intervention in Libya as imminent.

    • “We think that the moment has come to ensure that the international community tackles the Libyan problem. I think this is also what President Issoufou believes,” Le Drian commented, referring to his recent meeting with the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou.


      President Issoufou explicitly called for military intervention by the Western powers in Libya, reiterating the position of several African heads of state that military action by the major powers is necessary to contain rising chaos in the country. “An international intervention is essential to the reconciliation of all Libyans,” Issoufou said last week.


      Tobruk regime representative Ashur Bou Rashed echoed these demands, calling for intervention by the major powers in support of the government.

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  • ON TARGET: Libyan fiasco should be a warning | The Chronicle Herald on Jan 10, 15
    • ON TARGET: Libyan fiasco should be a warning

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        November 9, 2014
    • Last Tuesday, the Defence Department conducted a technical briefing to provide media with details about Canada’s initial air strikes in the allied campaign against ISIS in Iraq.


      It mainly centred on the first bombing attack that successfully knocked out five bulldozers and a dump truck near the ISIS-held city of Fallujah. The equipment was reportedly being used to build defensive positions or divert rivers in order to flood innocent victims, and although journalists were keen to devour the few tidbits of information offered up, the majority of the press corps did not buy into the hype.


      While no one questioned the department’s claim of successfully targeting the Iraqi bulldozers, Lt.-Gen. Jon Vance did have to admit that, without any boots on the ground, there was no way to independently verify that no civilian was injured in the attack.


      Rather than illustrating a concise and clear military campaign, the briefing simply revealed that the Canadians — like the rest of the allied air forces — have no real plan on how to defeat ISIS from the air alone. Even the economics of the air raids in Iraq to date fail to make sense.


      The cost for each of the laser-guided smart bombs used in the Canadian air strikes is about $35,000; in contrast, each of the used Iraqi construction vehicles would be lucky to fetch $20,000 on Kijiji.

    • On the strategic scale, one does not need to dust off an aging history book to research what happens when an allied air force intervenes with the purpose of destroying a negative entity, such as ISIS, rather than fighting in support of a positive entity. You need only reference the 2011 rebellion in Libya.

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  • Sarkozy, Cameron visit Libya for victory lap, pep talk - on Jan 10, 15
      • Sarkozy, Cameron visit Libya for victory lap, pep talk



        French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British premier David Cameron secured crucial NATO backing of the rebels. Now they want to help the new Libya become a model for other Arab nations.


            By                          , Staff writer       

    • Libya's revolution may still be incomplete, but Western leaders are swooping into Tripoli to celebrate the rebels' victory and offer support for the new Libya, whose success they see model for other Arab revolutions.

      With sharpshooters on Tripoli rooftops, a 5-star hotel sealed by tight security, and fighting continuing less than 100 miles away, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron were today the first heads of state to arrive in the capital and embrace Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC).

    • The backing of Britain and France, which led NATO's military charge, was crucial to turning the tide for Libya's rebels – at first little more than rag-tag militias – and enabling them to oust the Qaddafi regime.

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  • Sarkozy and Cameron in Libya: Heroes for a Day - SPIEGEL ONLINE on Jan 10, 15
    • Sarkozy and Cameron in Libya: Heroes for a Day


      By Stefan Simons, Jonathan Stock and Carsten Volkery report from Tripoli, Paris and London


      European leaders are rarely celebrated as heroes, but this is precisely how Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron were treated in Tripoli on Thursday. As a reward for their military deployment against Moammar Gadhafi, the president and prime minister received a warm reception. The French appear to have gained the most in Libya.

    • September 15, 2011
    • "Stress-free and successful" read a sign near the conference rooms at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli where Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron met on Thursday with leaders of the Libyan Transitional Council. When both men later left the meeting at the hotel, located directly on the Mediterranean, it appeared it had been both: The perfectly coiffed men, wearing black suits, looked so relaxed they could have been visitors ordering a drink at a resort bar.


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         The images are a bit surreal in a city where the last people loyal to former dictator Moammar Gadhafi are still being hunted down, and where vans are still driving each day to overflowing jails. Missiles were  still being fired here just a few weeks ago, though a people's initiative has formed against the constant shooting of guns into the air.


      All the streets in front of the hotel have been closed. Standing next to the rebels with their Kalashnikovs are security forces who ask in French for proof of access authorization and check each passer-by with small metal detectors. Despite the high security, many viewed the brief visit by Cameron and Sarkozy as a welcome diversion.

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  • Harper spends money on big party - L'Express Ottawa - blogarticle on Jan 10, 15
    • Harper spends money on big party

    • Stephen Harper spent a fortune to celebrate in grand style the "victory" of Canadian troops in Libya.


      Strange that a prime minister who keeps saying he wants cut government spending is throwing dollars around like a guy who just won the lottery.


      Nothing is too expensive for the prime minister when it comes to celebrating his military.

    • Harper keeps saying the war that overthrew Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was a great victory for the Canadian Forces. True it was.

      Canadian forces scored a major success in Africa, leaving aside for the moment that Muslim extremists in Libya are going around desecrating graves in Canadian military cemeteries.

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  • Video: RCAF planes fly over Ottawa to commemorate Canada's role in Libya - The Globe and Mail on Jan 10, 15
  • Chinese media slams the West’s hypocrisy in CharlieHebdo reaction | The BRICS Post on Jan 09, 15
    • Chinese media slams the West’s hypocrisy in CharlieHebdo reaction  
      January 9, 2015
    • Chinese newspapers have condemned the attack on the offices of a satirical magazine in Paris while pointing out the hypocrisy and “double-standards” of Western countries’ reaction to terror attacks.


      China’s Communist party-run Global Times on Friday said condemnations of terror attacks in Russia and China are not as forthcoming from Western countries as opposed to the quick and unified reactions to the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France.


      “The world is always unified in its response to terrorist attacks that happened in the West, but when it’s the West’s turn to react to such attacks in countries like China and Russia, they often beat about the bush,” said the editorial on Friday.


      “Even after China officially determines their terrorist nature, Western mainstream media puts quotation marks when describing these bloody assaults as “terrorist,” saying that it is a claim of the Chinese government,” it added.


      On Wednesday, three masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the satirical magazine that has become notorious for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and killed 12 people.

    • On social media sites like Twitter, people showed their support online using the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag.


      US President Barack Obama said he strongly condemned the “horrific shooting” while speaking in French, US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged US solidarity with France,”Tous les Américains se tiennent à leurs côtés (All Americans stand beside France)”.


      In stark contrast, a Chinese envoy to the UN in Geneva last year had to express Beijing’s dissatisfaction over the international community’s sluggish response in treating Xinjiang violence as “terrorism”.


      Meanwhile, the editorial in the Chinese state-run Global Times on Friday questioned the western narrative on the attack as revolving around “press freedom”.

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  • BBC News | Europe | Nato defends TV bombing on Jan 08, 15

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  • Blowback: Paris Terror Suspects Recently Returned from Syria and Demonstrated Military Training « Blog on Jan 08, 15
    • Blowback: Paris Terror Suspects Recently Returned from Syria and Demonstrated Military Training

        Dan Sanchez,   January 07, 2015
    • Briefly noted in the third paragraph of a USA Today report about the suspects in today’s Paris terror attack: “Both brothers returned from Syria this summer.”


      What would French radical Islamists be doing in Syria around that time? Quite possibly getting training from the US and its allies to fight Assad. And as Ben Swann reports: “Analysts have said that this attack was carried out by men who had formal military training and was carried out by men who acted like a ‘special forces unit’.”


      However, such training is by no means certain, for as Mitchell Prothero reports:

    • “Other evidence suggests they could be linked to a top French al Qaida operative, David Drugeon, who’s been the target at least twice of U.S. airstrikes in Syria over the last four months.”


      Yet, even if they didn’t manage to get past U.S. “vetting,” and instead received training from al Qaida alone, the fact that the war they earned their spurs in was persisting at all was due to U.S. aid to the rebels.


      This is the kind of blowback that is so quick to follow intervention that Scott Horton incisively terms it “backdraft.”


      And once again, just as with Sony and North Korea, the implications concerning empire are getting lost in the hullabaloo over rogue groups allegedly seriously threatening freedom of speech.

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