Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the bucks stops with her when it comes to who is blame for a deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
“I take responsibility” for what happened on September 11
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam has been captured, rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said as rebel fighters attacked the capital.
The chairman of the rebel National Transitional Council told Al-Jazeera television from Benghazi in eastern Libya he had “information that Seif al-Islam has been captured”.
“He is being kept in a secure place under close guard until he is handed over to the judiciary,” Abdel Jalil said, without giving a date or place for the reported capture of Gaddafi’s son.
Before the revolt which erupted in February, Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam was increasingly seen as the successor to his father, despite publicly ruling out any dynastic ambitions in the North African country.
Read the rest at Two of Gaddafi’s sons captured as rebels fight for Tripoli | Politisite.
An unnamed rebel source related how he had undergone training in military techniques at a “secret facility” in eastern Libya.
He told our correspondent Laurence Lee, reporting from the rebel-stronghold of Benghazi, that he was sent to fire Katyusha rockets but was given a simple, unguided version of the rocket instead.
“He told us that on Thursday night a new shipment of Katyusha rockets had been sent into eastern Libya from Egypt. He didn’t say they were sourced from Egypt, but that was their route through,” our correspondent said.
“He said these were state-of-the-art, heat-seeking rockets and that they needed to be trained on how to use them, which was one of the things the American and Egyptian special forces were there to do.”
The intriguing development raises several questions, about Egypt’s private involvement and what the arms embargo exactly means, said our correspondent.
“There is also the question of whether or not the outside world should arm the rebels, when in fact they [rebels] are already being armed covertly.”
Our correspondent added that since the rebels appear to be receiving covert support in terms of weaponry and training, it is not surprising that they are not inclined to criticise NATO openly.
via Al Jazeera English.
The CIA IS on the ground in Libya
The British have addmitted their Special Ops people are doing their Jedi magic…..
While President Obama has insisted that no American military ground troops participate in the Libyan campaign, small groups of C.I.A. operatives have been working in Libya for several weeks as part of a shadow force of Westerners that the Obama administration hopes can help bleed Colonel Qaddafi’s military, the officials said.
What’s a CIA For?
Obama has ruled out American “boots on the ground” in Libya. But yesterday, Reuters’ Mark Hosenball reported that, in fact, Obama has authorized “covert U.S. government support for rebel forces.” And according to the New York Times, CIA teams have been operating for weeks in Libya as part of a “shadow force” tasked with making contact with the rebels and directing coalition airstrikes.
“Aha!” cried critics of the Libyan operation/action/assault/war/steady rain of death from above. Obama lied, people died! Andrew Sullivan said the CIA operations rendered Obama’s “no boots on the ground” line “a Clintonian piece of bullshit that really needs to be called out” and “a betrayal of his candidacy and his supporters.” Stephen Bainbridge says he is “making Bush 43 look like an honest man.”
via What’s a CIA For?.
Boots On The Ground
Are special forces not military? And has the US already made a decision to arm and train the rebels, while saying in public that the question is still being debated? I’m told that only the CIA is involved and there is no arming of the rebels going on. And then you hear of a “secret facility” in Eastern Libya for training one side in a civil war.
via | By Andrew Sullivan.
Here is just another example of The President of the United States taking unilateral action without Congressional approval and his top aides all stating emphatically that there will be “no boots on the ground” But multiple sources actually on the ground in Libya are reporting the contrary. To top it all off, the Special Forces and Egyptian advisers are providing training to former al-Qaeda operatives who attacked our soldiers in Iraq. Now that the Libyan rebels are considered out friends again they are being trained on how to use sophisticated weaponry that could ultimately turn around and be used against Americans when the tides changes again in the future.
If anyone will take a quick look at our covert CIA war in Afghanistan, during the late seventies and eighties, where we equipped the Afghans with sophisticated military operational techniques and equipment to fight against the former Soviet Union. Those same training methods and weapons have been turned toward the American soldiers in our current conflicts in the middle-east.
Equipping the rebels, who have ties to radial Islamic factions, will indeed come back to kill our own military assets. History repeats itself, and in some of the final words in the Movie, “Charlies Wilson’s War”, Wilson tried to express that the ball just keeps on bouncing. That ball will once again bounce in our direction. You can count on it.
America’s Military main problem in the combat theater and the after action reviews, have a failing memory. America knows how to get into wars, We know how to take a country, what we forget is how to get out and be able to define what victory looks like. Coming from a Veteran, we forget the lessons of the past over and over again, and by doing so, we repeat the same blunders over and over again.
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A U.S. warplane was forced to make a crash-landing in Libya after suffering from mechanical failure, The London Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.
The crew of the F-15E Eagle was believed to be safe. There was no immediate confirmation of the crash-landing from U.S. or U.K. military officials.
A correspondent for the newspaper on the ground in Libya said via Twitter that the plane plowed into a field near opposition stronghold Benghazi in the east of the country late Monday. The crew was in rebel hands, the newspaper reported.
US planes including F-16s were involved in a third night of air attacks on Libya on Monday.
5:48 a.m. Tuesday ET, 11:13 a.m. Tuesday in Libya] A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter has crashed, apparently because of mechanical failure, in a rebel-controlled area of Libya, according to Arab media reports. The pilot has been rescued, according to the reports.
[5:48 a.m. Tuesday ET, 11:13 a.m. Tuesday in Libya] The United Arab Emirates said at least two aircraft squadrons are ready to be deployed within 48 hours to support the international mission in Libya, a military leader said.
via CNN.com Blogs.
1031: More details on the crash. African Command’s Kenneth Fidler tells the BBC the indications are that the crash was not caused “by hostile action”. He says that one crew member has been recovered, and an operation is currently under way to recover the other serviceman.1025: The US African Command has now confirmed to the BBC that the US warplane crashed in Libya.
1011: More on the US warplane that crashed late on Monday in Libya. It is understood that the pilot was taken by rebels and is safe, the Telegraph says. So far there have been no independent confirmation of this report.via BBC News – Live: Libya crisis.
US military says cause of jet crash in #Libya believed to be mechanical failure, not hostile fire
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