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Libya Herald: US Government issues new warning against travel to Libya
   
         
Tripoli, 28 August:         
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Just days after reopening visa services in Libya, the US State Department has issued new travel advice for American citizens that still warns against all but essential travel to Libya.   
   
There have been few reports of attacks on American citizens in Libya recently, although a US embassy vehicle was the target of a failed car-jacking event earlier this month. However, events such as the recent car bombings in Tripoli, attacks on Sufi shrines and the assassinations of various Qaddafi-era army officers will doubtless cause concerns as to the countrys stability.   
   
The statement says that violent crime continues to be a problem in Tripoli, Benghazi and other parts of the country, but the primary concern seems to be reports of militias briefly apprehending and detaining foreigners due to perceived or actual violations of Libyan law because the US Embassy is limited in its ability to intervene as such groups are neither sanctioned no controlled by the Libyan government.
         
      
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Libya Herald:   Security personnel out in force as Magarief announces emergency session


By Al Russell.
         
Tripoli, 25 August:         
Dixit :


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Gazelle roundabout - Maidan Al Gazala

Tripolis famous Gazelle roundabout is under heavy guard this evening, amid rumours of an attempt to destroy its statue. The artwork, which depicts a gazelle and a naked female figure, and is in the middle of the roundabout near the capitals Algeria Square, is protected by four police vehicles, two of which carry heavy weapons, and various armed personnel in bullet-proof vests who are marshalling traffic.

Meanwhile, demolition work has ceased for the evening at the Al-Shaab shrine nearby,   which came under attack by Salafist extremists this morning,   the bulldozers and digger are lined up on the roadside opposite the Radisson Blu Hotel. Police, military and SSC personnel were at the site throughout the day.

Reports suggest that the demolition was sanctioned by the Interior Minister, due to concerns that worshippers indulge in black magic at the shrine.

Mohammed Magarief, leader of the General National Congress (GNC), took to Twitter once more this evening, having earlier released a statement condemning the shrine attack via the social networking site, to announce an emergency session of the GNC tomorrow to discuss the situation.

A session will be held tomorrow morning, including the Prime Minister, the Intelligence, Interior and Defence Ministers, following which decisions will be taken.
         
      
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Libya Herald: Salafists target historic madrassa in central Tripoli
   

Tripoli, 29 August:         
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Staff at the madrassa believe the Salafists intend to return
to destroy the remaining graves.

   
Salafists have destroyed almost 30 graves at an historic madrassa in central Tripoli, in the latest spate of religiously-motivated violence to hit Libya.
   
The Othman Pasha madrassa, named after its Turkish founder, was attacked by scores of armed men in the early hours of this morning, who used automatic drills to dig up the graves and looted several historic texts from the schools library.
   
The madrassa also serves as a boarding school.
   
They came around 2am. There were about 200 of them and they were heavily armed, one of the madrassas staff told the Libya Herald.
   
They destroyed all the graves except two, and we think they will come back for those. There are around 30 graves, in which Othman Pasha and his family are buried.
   
The man, who asked not to be named, said the Salafists were intending to take all the books from the madrassas library, but were persuaded not to by dismayed members of staff.
   
They took about half of the books, he said.
   
The Salafists also cut down a tree in the middle of the school after accusing people there of worshiping it.
   
Over the past week, Libya has been rocked by a series of violent attacks perpetrated by Salafists on religious sites they consider idolatrous.
   
Three historic Sufi shrines have been targeted, in Zliten, Misrata and Tripoli, and it is reported that a number of mosques in Tripolis Old City have also been attacked in the past few days.
   
Throughout the assaults, the Supreme Security Committee, the body tasked with maintaining Libyas internal security, has done little if anything to prevent the destruction.
   
It has been widely reported that leading members within the organisation sympathise with the Salafists objectives.
         
         
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Libya Herald: Air force commander shot in Benghazi hit-and-run attack
      
   
Benghazi, 30 August:            
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Air force commander Mahmoud Berrhouma has been shot in both legs, in what appears to have been a hit-and-run attack by an armed robber.
   
The incident happened on Monday afternoon in the Garyounis district of Benghazi.
   
The man came up to Mahmoud, told him to hand over his car keys and then shot him in the legs, Berrhoumas brother said.
   
He stole the car and left my brother in a pool of blood.
   
In the past few months Benghazi has witnessed a series of attacks on senior military personnel with links to the previous regime.
   
Fourteen have been murdered so far this year, in what appears to be a systematic assassination campaign, and many more wounded.
   
The fact that the man deliberately fired at Berrhoumas legs suggests the attacker did not intend for the shooting to be fatal, making it unlikely the incident was part of that campaign.
            
            
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The American ambassador in Benghazi, other four American diplomats, marines and Libyan security guards, were killed by fighters of Al-Qaeda on an instigation of agents of CIA. Murder of Americans is necessary for Washington for a justification of the strengthened military presence of the USA in Libya. In due time twin towers of the World Trade Center were also destroyed by suicide bombers from Al-Qaeda on an instigation of agents of CIA for a justification of total control of private life of the American citizens.

 
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Was U.S. Ambassador Lynched?
   
   
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
   
   
By Paul Joseph Watson   
   
Attack on U.S. Consulate illustrates disastrous outcome of Obamas humanitarian intervention in Libya.   
   
Despite initial reports suggesting he died in a rocket attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, photos appear to indicate that U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed by a lynch mob, illustrating the disastrous consequences of the Obama administrations military intervention in Libya arming some of the very same men who carried out todays attack.   

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The US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, has been killed in a rocket attack in the eastern city of Benghazi along with three other embassy staff, the White House confirmed on Wednesday, reports France 24.   
   
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However, images released in the hours after the attack show Stevens body being paraded around by a mob. The body appears to show signs of torture.   
   
Subsequent reports speculated that Stevens car was attacked as he and the three other personnel attempted to escape from the Consulate. The other embassy staff were shot while Stevens died of suffocation, suggesting he was lynched and physically attacked by the mob.   
   
The incident is being portrayed by the establishment media as a reaction to a film produced in the United States that purportedly ridicules Islams Prophet Mohammed.   
   
However, the wider issue of how the 2011 bombardment of Libya paved the way for gangs of militant Islamic extremists, once backed by NATO powers with heavy weapons, to fill the power vacuum left by Colonel Gaddafi, has been largely ignored.   
   
Indeed, its a horrific irony that Hillary Clintons infamous gloating about Gaddafis execution We came, we saw, he died has now come full circle, with Stevens paying for such despicable arrogance with his life.   
   
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After NATO-backed insurgents with links to Al-Qaeda helped topple Colonel Gaddafi in Libya, they proudly flew the distinctive black Al-Qaeda flag over courthouses in Benghazi and other centers of power. That same flag flew over the Consulate today after the U.S. flag was torn down and burned.   
   
In the aftermath of last years no fly zone, which turned into an incessant bombardment almost overnight, Libya, once one of the richest countries in Africa, is now run by brutal armed gangs who have rounded up black people in huge numbers, subjecting them to torture, incarceration in concentration camps and execution.   
   
A February 2012 report by Amnesty International found that Libyas militias are largely out of control and that Thousands of detainees are being held in various prisons across the country and are being tortured to death. The countrys NATO-installed rulers have proven themselves unwilling to prevent widespread abuse.   
   
Libyas oil resources have been carved up between NATO-aligned corporations while the countrys financial enslavement to global bankers is ensured with a fresh IMF loan and the end of their state-owned central banking system.   
   
Despite the fact that Libya is in a state of hellish sectarian warfare and societal collapse, with armed thugs hostile to the west now in control of major power centers, the White House is intent on repeating the same disaster in Syria, funneling arms to rebels, the majority of whom arent even Syrian, who are being led by Al-Qaeda terrorists.   
   
Indeed, some of the very same militants responsible for the Libya debacle were airlifted into Syria with the aid of NATO powers as part of the effort to topple Bashar Al-Assad.   
   
The assault on Libya was carried out with absolutely zero constitutional authorization.   
   
In June last year, President Obama arrogantly expressed his hostility to the rule of law when he dismissed the need to get congressional authorization to commit the United States to a military intervention in Libya, churlishly dismissing criticism and remarking, I dont even have to get to the Constitutional question.   
   
Obama tried to legitimize his failure to obtain Congressional approval for military involvement by sending a letter sending a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner in which he said the military assault was authorized by the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council.   
   
Todays attack on the U.S. Consulate serves as another reminder that the military-industrial complexs new paradigm of humanitarian intervention a scam they hope to repeat in Syria has nothing to do with humanitarianism in that it only results in more bloodshed and more instability.   

Paul Joseph Watson
   
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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.   
   
   
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Outrage: Why is the US surprised?
                                                         
                                                         
14.09.2012

Let the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi be the diplomatic legacy of Hillary R. Clinton and let her surprise and bewilderment be a telling insight into her utter incompetence to do the job. To be a diplomat, you need emotional intelligence and that, unfortunately, Hillary Clinton does not have.
   
Just what exactly did the United States of America expect from their darling terrorists in Benghazi, the ones they "saved" after they armed them, trained them and prepared them to remove the Jamahiriya in Libya and replace it with the farcical "government" we see there today?
   
Just what exactly did the United States of America and their poodles in the FUKUS Axis expect from the bearded wonders of Benghazi, infamous for their terrorist exploits against NATO in Iraq and Afghanistan, after what they did in Libya, slicing the breasts off women, raping girls, torching homes, torturing people, murdering, looting and committing ethnic cleansing?
   
What are the human development indicators of Libya today? Compare them to the Libya under Gaddafi and see the result. The balance is the political legacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the death of Ambassador Stevens is her diplomatic legacy - a failure in both departments.

Furthermore, expressing surprise and stating that the USA helped "save" Benghazi shows how puerile and ill-prepared Hillary Clinton is. Did the Mujaheddin thank the USA for helping them destroy Afghanistan's only socially progressive government, the only one that upheld women's rights? Sure they did. 9/11 was the thank-you note.
   
And after the behaviour of the bearded wonders of Benghazi and their bloodthirsty acts against NATO soldiers, there went the USA and its FUKUS Axis poodles France and the UK supporting terrorists again and yet again they are appalled when the dog bites the hand that feeds it.
   
But then again, what to expect from someone like Hillary Rodham Clinton, who described her reception on a red carpet and with a band in Bosnia as getting out of an aircraft in a war zone? Does she have no idea that the terrorists the USA supports would do or say anything to get weapons and be placed in positions of power, then the latent hatred they have of the United States will come shining through.
   
Suffice it to say that in Benghazi, groups of youths were running through the US compound looking for "Americans" to kill. And after what Washington has done, after supporting Israel blindly as it bulldozes Arab homes and displaces Palestinian farmers by stealing their lands, as it treats the Bedouin as second class citizens, as it strafes schools in Gaza with phosphorous, only someone naïve, ill-prepared and totally incompetent would express surprise, especially when we see what we are dealing with in Benghazi.
   
A terrorist is a terrorist. Congratulations to Washington for yet again being bitten by the cockroaches it breeds.

That having been said, the death of every human being is a tragedy. The death of Ambassador Stevens, the other three Americans and the Libyans who lost their lives in this horrific incident must be condemned most vehemently, together with the deaths of the thousands of Libyan people the US-backed terrorists murdered, while Hillary Clinton was going on and on about "freedom". Freedom to be tortured?
   
                     
                        
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, Pravda.Ru

 
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The only surprise is there aren't more violent protests in the Middle East


Tuesday 18 September 2012 22.20 BST


By Seumas Milne

The Muslim eruption reflects a deep popular anger and blowback from US intervention in both Libya and Afghanistan

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Anti-western protests reached Gaza on 14 September
as the Islamophobic US-made video spread across the
Muslim world. Photograph: Ashraf Amra/Zuma/Corbis


Eleven years after it began, Nato's occupation of Afghanistan is crumbling. The US decision to suspend joint Afghan-Nato operations in response to a wave of attacks by Afghan soldiers and police on Nato troops cuts the ground from beneath the centrepiece of western strategy.

Nato is, after all, supposed to be training up Afghan troops to take control in time for the withdrawal of combat forces in 2014. Instead, those client regime troops are   routinely turning their guns on a long-reviled foreign occupation force. No wonder support for a continued military presence is falling rapidly in the main British political parties long after it has among the populations of all the occupying states.

The US-British invasion of Afghanistan was of course launched in response to the 9/11 attacks: the poison fruit of US-led support for the Afghan mujahideen war against the Soviet Union. Why do they hate us, many Americans asked at the time, oblivious to their country's role in decades of coups, tyranny, sanctions regimes and occupations across the Middle East.

In the aftermath of the killing of the US ambassador to Libya and assault on the consulate in Benghazi, as protests against a virulently Islamophobic US-made video spread across the Muslim world, Hillary Clinton echoed the same sentiments. "How could this happen in a country we helped liberate?" she asked, "in a city we helped save from destruction?"

She was referring to Nato's decisive role in winning power for the Libyan rebels who first took up arms in Benghazi last year. But just as the mujahideen the US backed in Afghanistan later turned their guns on their imperial sponsor in the form of the Taliban and al-Qaida, so many of the Islamists and jihadists who fought against Gaddafi with Nato air cover have their own ideas for the future of their country.

This is the start of the blowback from US and western attempts to commandeer the Arab uprisings. Something similar is likely to happen in Syria. The invasion of Afghanistan more than a decade ago not only didn't destroy al-Qaida, it spread it into Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen and north Africa, and today the flags of its offshoots are flying across the Arab world.

In Libya, Nato's intervention sharply escalated the death toll, triggered large-scale ethnic cleansing, spread war to Mali, and left thousands in jail without trial and the country in the control of multiple armed militias. Western governments hailed July's elections, in which most seats were not open to political parties, as bucking the Islamist trend across the region.

But their man, a former Gaddafi minister, has now been defeated for the job of prime minister by an independent Islamist, while the British ambassador's convoy, the Red Cross and UN have been attacked and Sufi shrines destroyed. Meanwhile, the Nato-backed authorities are threatening military action against jihadists in Benghazi, as American warships and drones patrol Libya's coast and skies.

The fact that the attack on the US consulate, along with often violent protests that have spread across 20 countries, was apparently triggered by an obscure online video trailer concocted by US-based Christian fundamentalists and émigré Copts even one portraying the prophet Muhammad as a fraud and paedophile seems bafflingly disproportionate to outsiders.

But in the wake of the Rushdie affair and Danish cartoons controversy, it should be clear that insults to Muhammad are widely seen by Muslims as an attack on their collective identity and, as the Berkeley-based anthropologist Saba Mahmoud argues, a particular form of religiosity that elevates him as an ideal exemplar.

Those feelings can obviously be exploited, as they have been in recent days in a battle for political influence between fundamentalist Salafists, mainstream Islamists and the Shia Hezbollah. But it would be absurd not to recognise that the scale of the response isn't just about a repulsive video, or even reverence for the prophet. As is obvious from the slogans and targets, what set these protests alight is the fact that the injury to Muslims is seen once again to come from an arrogant hyperpower that has invaded, subjugated and humiliated the Arab and Muslim world for decades.

Since launching the war on terror, the US and its allies have attacked and occupied Afghanistan and Iraq; bombed Libya; killed thousands in drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; imposed devastating sanctions; backed Israel's occupation and dispossession of the Palestinians to the hilt; carried out large-scale torture, kidnapping and internment without trial; maintained multiple bases to protect client dictatorships throughout the region; and now threaten Iran with another act of illegal war.

The video is manifestly only the latest trigger for a deep popular anger in a region where opposition to imperial domination is now channelled mainly through the politics of Islam rather than nationalism. The idea that Arab and Muslim hostility to the US would have been assuaged because it intervened to commandeer Libya's uprising (an intervention most Arabs reject) is absurd.

About two-thirds of people in the Middle East and North Africa say they distrust the US, polling shows, rising to more than three-quarters in Pakistan. After 11 years of the war on terror, following decades of baleful intervention, the only surprise is that there aren't more violent anti-US and anti-western protests in the region.

Western war in the Muslim world has also fed a toxic tide of Islamophobia in Europe and the US. What is it about Muslims that makes them so easily offended, Europeans and Americans commonly demand to know while Muslims point to cases such as the British 19-year-old who was convicted in Yorkshire last week of posting a "grossly offensive" Facebook message that British soldiers in Afghanistan "should die and go to hell", and ask why they're not afforded that protection.

The events of the last week are a reminder that an Arab world which has thrown off dictatorship will be more difficult for the western powers to hold in thrall. The Economist called the deadly assault on the US consulate in Libya an example of "Arab dysfunction" and urged the US not to retreat from the Middle East but go in deeper, including in Syria. As Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Libya have already shown, that would only bring disaster.


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Libya Herald: Deadly clashes occur in Brak
      
      
By Michel Cousins.      
               
Tripoli, 19 September:               
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Fierce clashes broke out today in the town of Brak between government troops, said to be mostly from Misrata, and locals. At least eight members of the Supreme Security Committee are reported to have been killed as have several townspeople.   
      
The town is some 800 kilometres south of Tripoli.   
      
The clashes followed the killing of a local girl. SCC members were accused of being responsible for her death.   It is reported that she was shot when they raided the family home in search of her brother, wanted in connection with an crime.   
      
However, according to a Brak resident who said she and the family had had to take shelter in the cellar after a mortar exploded close to their home this morning, the SSC forces were unpopular as it was. Tensions had been rising in recent days between them and locals, she said. While speaking on the phone, the sound of artillery fire could be heard in the background.   
      
By late afternoon, the clashes had died down. There is still smoke over the town, the resident said, again on the phone to Tripoli from Brak. Sporadic shooting was nonetheless continuing, she added.
               
            
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Libya Herald: SSC chief sacked by interior minister following Brak fiasco
   

By George Grant.   
            
Tripoli, 1 October:            
Dixit :
The commander of the Supreme Security Committee has been fired following the bungled operation in Brak between 19-21 September, which left at least 22 people dead.
   
Abdul Latif Gadour, who helped lead the underground resistance against the Qaddafi regime during last years revolution, is to be replaced by Colonel Mohammed Abdullah Souissi.
   
The SSCs deputy chairman, Tariq Zinu, has been appointed to manage and supervise the committees work during the interregnum.
   
There was a major disagreement between Gadour and the Interior Minister over what happened in Brak, said Ahmeda El-Madri, the former head of the Tripoli Military Councils investigations unit, who is familiar with the case.
   
The governments view is that the SSC failed in Brak, and this is why Gadour has been replaced. It was on the orders of the interior minister himself.
   
At least six people, mostly SSC members, were killed in the town on 19 September after fighting broke out following the killing of a local girl. Locals claimed shed had been shot by the SSC when they tried to arrest her brother at the family home.
   
Another 16 SSC members were killed and around 50 injured on 21 September in renewed clashes that damaged homes and forced many locals to flee to Sebha, some 80 kilometres to the south. The SSC subsequently withdrew from the town.
   
Fierce recriminations quickly broke out between the SSC and government over who was responsible for the fatally bungled operation, with the SSC complaining that they had been left under-resourced, isolated and without reinforcements.
   
The SSC ran out of ammunition during the clashes, with reinforcements and supplies promised from Tripoli never having been delivered.
   
The Interior Ministry is also said to have promised to send ambulances, but these too never arrived.
   
Having returned to Tripoli with the bodies of their dead colleagues, members of the SSC and their families threatened to attack the Rixos Hotel on 22 September following complaints that both the interior minister and the defence minister had refused to meet with them to discuss the debacle.
   
The SSC said that the clashes in Brak had been with Qaddafi loyalists after they had attempted to arrest a number of former regime supporters who had celebrated the anniversary of Qaddafis Al-Fateh revolution on 1 September.
   
However, sources in Brak informed this paper that the SSC were already deeply unpopular in the town on account of their reportedly heavy handed behaviour and arrogance towards locals.
            
         
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Filipino nurses, medical staffs flee from Libyan hospital as fighting erupts anew in Misrata City


Sunday, October 07, 2012 01:50:22 PM



MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 7, 2012) At least 22 Filipino nurses and medical staffs working in Misrata City in Libya have been evacuated to safer grounds following fresh clashes between pro and anti-Gadaffi forces just 187 kilometers east of Tripoli, the Migrante-Middle East reported.

John Leonard Monterona, the groups regional coordinator, said they received the report from other Filipinos in Libya who asked Migrante to monitor the volatile situation there.

He said communications in Misrata had been cut off and that there was no contact with the Filipino nurses and other medical staffs. Monterona said A Caritas priest, Fr. Allan Arcebuche, who is based in Tripoli, also confirmed the report.

The report was later confirmed to us by Father Allan Arcebuche, a Caritas priest who is based in Tripoli. He informed us that the 22 OFWs just arrived last September 22 and were pulled out from Misrata only last Friday, 5 October, Monterona said, citing report from the Filipino missionary priest.

Monterona added that he is still trying to get in touch with the PH embassy in Tripoli to confirm the whereabouts of the 22 Pinoy nurses and medical workers.

We received information that they were pulled out from Misrata City without proper coordination to the Libyan National Transition Council (NTC). This caused alarm to the OFWs who immediately sought assistance from their kin, friend and fellow OFWs, Monterona added.

Monterona called on the Department of Foreign Affairs to look into the report and the safety of those who evacuated. The 22 Pinoy nurses and medical workers safety must be secured, he said.

The DFA must issue a proper advisory so that the Department of Labor and Employment and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration could also issue a travel advisory for all Libya-bound OFWs whose deployment will be in Misrata City, he added.

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Hundreds escape Libya prison


06/12/2012


Nearly 200 Libyan inmates broke out of prison in Sabha, a desert town about 800 kilometres south of Tripoli, officials said on Wednesday (December 5th). Supporters of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi were reportedly among the escapees.

According to the town's General National Congress representative Soad Ghannour, the Tuesday jailbreak prompted a mass walkout by legislators from the Fezzan region "in protest over deteriorating security".

Sabha had plunged into chaos due to rising crime, illegal immigration and drug trafficking, Ghannour told AFP.

In recent months, Sabha, Kufra and other southern towns have seen deadly clashes between rival tribes and factions.

Ghannour accused the authorities of ignoring the security concerns of elected representatives, with the prison break marking "the final straw".


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Libya Herald: Sirte One year on
   

By George Grant.   
         
Sirte, 20 October, 2012:         
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Today is 20 October, and you know what happened on this day, says Abdulrazig Farkash, standing against a backdrop of billowing smoke emitted from burning tires.

No more than 30 metres from where we are standing, a group of around 20 young men let off their Kalashnikovs into the evening sky, as cars with frightened passengers are forced to make hasty u-turns away from the road now closed ahead.

The immediate cause of the protest is the ongoing siege of Bani Walid, but as Farkash says, its timing is no coincidence. As night falls, prolonged bursts of machine-gun fire are interspersed by the boom of rocket propelled grenades.

One year to the day since the brutal death of Muammar Qaddafi in Sirte, his hometown has yet to move on from the scars last years revolution left behind. The revolutionary flag can be seen flying in public, but it is the green flag of the Jamahiriya that is stowed furtively in private, and flies still in peoples hearts.

People here if they find even the smallest opportunity they will make problems for this revolution, says Khaled Ali, a young student at Sirte university and supporter of Qaddafi. In their hearts there is blood. In every house you will find someone who died.

Walking around the shattered ruins of the town, it is hard to believe that Ali is far wrong. The destruction is everywhere, to homes, to shops and to schools.

NATO has done this, says Marwa Ziyan, sitting smoking a cigarette next to the bombed-out remainders of his uncles home. They hit this house, but the family has nowhere to go. Fifty-eight people were killed by NATO in this area.

Inside Alis house, solidarity with Bani Walid is not hard to find. On the back wall of the sitting room, the Bani Walid channel can be seen playing continuously. It is the same in all of the homes, Ali says. All of the people here are with Bani Walid, without a doubt. Bani Walid has seen what they did to us here in Sirte, and they do not want the same to happen to them.

On a short, continuous loop, the channel itself shows footage of two Bani Walid residents delivering defiant messages of how they will never leave the town until death. It is interspersed with occasional flashes of large letters delivering a message to much the same effect and footage from last year showing Tawerghans in Misrata, bound and kneeling, being forced to eat the green flag.

The Bani Walid siege has certainly heightened tensions inside Sirte. On 12 October, a 10pm curfew was enforced by the local Supreme Security Committee following clashes between local residents and Misratans living in the town.

In the past week alone, four Misratans are said to have been killed, with the body of one discovered just yesterday. How can these Misratans be doing this to Bani Walid? asks Ali. They are not even human.

It is not just against Misrata that anger is directed here. People are also deeply unhappy with the new government. I ask you, what have they done? Look around you the buildings are destroyed, the schools are destroyed, there is no safety, says Mohammed Gudwari, an elderly lorry driver.

The government came here; they promised to build houses, but they have done nothing. I drove my lorry for 43 years. I got nothing from Qaddafi, but I still love him.

Gudwaris younger colleague, also a lorry driver, shares similar sentiments. I would give anything for just one day of Qaddafi, he says. After we have been talking for some time, he pauses, fixes me with a stare and says: Wait here. I want to show you something.

He scales a mound of sand adjacent to a small shed near to which we have been standing and reappears moments later with a small bundle in his hands. He unrolls it quickly and holds it aloft. It is a green flag.

And look there, says another member of the group, pointing towards a damaged pylon some 25 metres away. Do you see? The green flag. The government has not seen it there, so nobody has taken it down.

I ask the group, seven strong, how many of them voted in the elections. All shake their heads save for Gudwari. I voted because one of my relatives was standing, he says. Nothing more than that.

From a car parked-up nearby, a young man who has been listening tentatively to our conversation suddenly shouts: Magarief is a stooge of the CIA! We hate him!

The men are inherently suspicious of Libyas new political rulers, but particularly those who spent years abroad. Magarief, most seem convinced, is nothing more than an American agent. It is Qaddafi who truly represented Libya.

A little out from the town centre can be found the now infamous site where Qaddafi was first discovered or strategically placed by revolutionaries exactly one year ago. The drainpipe. It was filled in by local residents infuriated by the continuous stream of photographers and other curious types who came to visit, but has subsequently been reopened.

Peering down the dark tunnel, one is immediately hit perhaps appropriately by the stench of something that has died. It is not a place to linger long. Just across the road under which the pipe runs can be seen the burned-out ruins of the convoy in which Qaddafi and his entourage were hit as they tried to flee the town.

Legend has it that Qaddafi survived the blast and limped, bleeding, to the drain in which he was subsequently discovered by the Misratan revolutionary Omran Shaban.

It was Shabans death on 25 September, which followed his capture in Bani Walid two months earlier, that led to the current siege of the town with which the people of Sirte now feel so much solidarity.

One year on from Qaddafis death, Libya has by no means freed itself from the dictators long shadow just yet.
         
         
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Libya Herald: Bombs thrown at unused UN compound
   
         
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:Two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were thrown over the wall of an unused United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) compound in the capital in the early hours of this morning.

No-one was injured in the attack which took place at around 1.30 am.

One device exploded causing minor damages to the building and breaking several windows, said UNSMIL spokesperson Radhia Achouri.

A second, similar device was later found and successfully removed by the Libyan police who reacted swiftly and effectively to the incident, she added.

The devices were thrown over the back wall of the compound on Gurji Road in the citys Ghut Shaal district. In the past UNSMIL has considered using the compound as its headquarters but it is unoccupied at present.

The IEDs are reported to have been gelatina bombs improvised gelignite bombs particularly popular with fisherman. This type of device and the amateur manner of the operation suggests that this was not a planned attack by an organised terrorist group but rather the action of individuals.

Achouri said that the police are now investigating the incident.

Although there have been concerns about a possible terrorist attack on the British embassy in Tripoli and increased security measures on other Western diplomatic missions in the capital, the UN has not been seen as a potential terror target.   However in April last year, before the attack on the British Ambassador and the subsequent killing of the US ambassador, an IED was thrown at a UN convoy in Benghazi, in which the former head of UNSMIL, Ian Martin, was travelling.
         
         
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The world community looks forward when the USA, Great Britain and France, as the main destroyers of the Libyan state, will tell about where the Libyan chemical weapon is now. And that leaders of Al-Qaeda declare that the Libyan chemical weapon belongs already to them.

 
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