Category:Libya

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  • "New footage of Gaddafi's capture" - BBC Newsnight, Feb 3, 2016
    Here is some previously unbroadcast footage of the moments just after the capture of Libya's Col Gaddafi on 20 October 2011. The images were shot by one of the fighters who was there, Ayman Almani. It features in a report by Gabriel Gatehouse who has been back to Libya to find the men who captured Gaddafi.
and a report from Libya, Newsnight, Feb. 3, 2016
"Gaddafi's assassins are killed one by one, while the West is trying to intimidate Assad by scenes of massacre of the Libyan president", Rusvesna, Feb. 6, 2016 (talks about 'Gaddafi curse'...)

Benghazi Consulate Attack

The final report from the House Select Committee on Benghazi reveals before-unkown details of the attack and especially the rescue mission afterwards. It was by a secret group called Libyan Military Intelligence, made up of ... Libyan military intelligence, or similar, just in hiding. A police officer told an unnamed CIA agent about them, and put in a call. Soon they were on the scene with a convoy of trucks and rushed the survivors to the airport. Revealed: Americans In Benghazi Rescued By Ex-Qaddafi Generals Ousted By Hillary’s Libya War Aaron Klein, Breitbart News, 29 June, 2016, quoting the report:

...Libya Military Intelligence—whom the CIA did not even know existed until the night of the attacks—were comprised of former military officers under the Qaddafi regime who had gone into hiding in fear of being assassinated, and wanted to keep their presence in Benghazi as quiet as possible so as to not attract attention from the militias in control of Benghazi.
In other words, some of the very individuals the United States had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution were the only Libyans that came to the assistance of the United States on the night of the Benghazi attacks.

Zero Anthropology tweet of a segement. --Caustic Logic (talk) 06:30, 30 June 2016 (UTC)


ISIS In Libya

Attacks

American warplanes struck an Islamic State camp in Libya early Friday, targeting a senior Tunisian operative linked to two major terrorist attacks in Tunisia last year. The airstrikes, on a camp outside Sabratha, about 50 miles west of Tripoli, killed at least 30 Islamic State recruits at the site, many of whom were believed to be from Tunisia, according to a Western official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss military operations. Intelligence officials were trying to determine whether the operative, Noureddine Chouchane, had been killed in the strike, the official said.

Unity Government?

BBC, too.

Saif Al-Islam

Release Newsweek reports, July 7, 2016 Moammar Gaddafi's influential surviving son Seif Al-Islam Al-Gaddafi was released from prison in Libya in April as part of a general amnesty-reconciliation effort. It's noted one of the Libyan governments has a standing death warrant against Seif for his role in alleged crimes during the events of early 2011, and the International Criminal Court also has a standing order to arrest him on similar charges. Nonetheless, his lawyer Karim Khan "said that “it was up to Libyans to decide what is best for peace and reconciliation,” rather than the ICC."

If he ever does face trial, or if he's ever asked to explain the orders to kill 'protesters,' he'd probably say about what he did then: "The guards fired. That's it. The guards were surprised by the attack of the people, and they started firing. They don't need an order to defend themselves and to defend their bases and camps." see here.

According to Richard Galustian several important tribes see him as a potential unifying figure and the news of his release triggered street demonstrations with his image on display in places across the country.

That piece notes:
The shambolic UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) under a puppet PM who operates out of Tripoli naval base, the only part of the city they control, however appears to be responsible for the amnesty order given in April to Saif and other prisoners removing their death sentences and ordering them to be freed.
However ... AfricaNews reports
The leader of a brigade holding the son of the former Libyan leader, Abubakar Seddiq had earlier suggested that Saif al-Islam had benefited from a general amnesty granted by the parliament in Tobruk. But the union government has criticised Seddiq’s comments describing them as irresponsible. The government said the comments gave the impression that anyone who committed crimes under the deposed Gaddafi regime could escape punishment.
Libya Herald reports the claim is "the Ministry of Justice in Beida issued a pardon," and "Al-Ajmal Al-Atiri, commander of Zintan’s Abubakr Al-Siddiq battalion has insisted that Saif has been freed but refuses to say where he is “for security reasons”." But they already reported "the Zintan municipal council has flatly denied the claim," and now "The Presidency Council said “These charges do not lapse with the passage of time" and "are not subject to general or specific pardons."
Still, it makes too much sense. Maybe this is a sort of dry run to get people discussing how to get around the legal problems. Maybe some special inquiry that finally shows the supposed crimes are so obviously bunk that all charges should be dropped or, with all due respect, ignored to hell. --Caustic Logic (talk) 07:58, 13 July 2016 (UTC)

Popular Front for the Liberation Of Libya

Publishes several documents in official English translation concerning the foundation of the Popular Front for the Liberation Of Libya in late December 2016, and its embracing by several key people/tribes/councils in the days and weeks after. Leadership: Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi.

Saif al-Islam "completely free"

June 10, 2017, Sputnik reports that Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is now "completely free" according to a statement by the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq militants, and has left Zintan. A search on Libya360 leads to these statements from May 30 by the aforementioned "Popular Front for the Liberation Of Libya" complaining that while Saif was "released" under amnesty law, he was still "detained" in Zintan. So that would explain the contradicting statements from last year. --CE (talk) 21:37, 10 June 2017 (UTC)

  • BBC, June 11, 2017
    The Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion said it was acting on a request from the "interim government" based in the east of the country. However, he has been sentenced to death in absentia by a court in Tripoli, in the west of the country, where control is in the hands of the rival, UN-backed Government of National Accord.
  • TASS (Rus.), June 11, 2017.
    The General Prosecutor's Office of Libya considers it unlawful to release the son of the leader of the Libyan Jamahiriya Muammar Gaddafi Seif al-Islam, since he is convicted, is subject to arrest and must be brought to trial, according to acting Attorney General Ibrahim Masud (Tripoli-based)... Earlier, military and civilian councils of Zintan (north-west of Libya) condemned their (Brigades?) actions, laying on those who "is an accomplice in this betrayal, legal and moral responsibility." Moreover, the parliamentary committee on defense and national security also criticized, reminding of "the inadmissibility of the release of the functionaries of the previous regime before the making of distinct verdicts or acquittals." It was reported that he (Saif al-Islam Gaddafi) could go to the city of El-Baida, located in the east of Libya. --Resup (talk) 17:54, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

"Return to politics"

Saif al-Islam, who many Libyans regard as the only hope for bringing peace to their country, will rely on ordinary people who are eager to fight against terrorism and stabilize the state, a family lawyer has told Sputnik.

Lies from 2011

African mercenaries