Tag: Benghazi

Benghazi double-car bomb attack death toll up to 41

The number of deaths emanating from the double-car Benghazi bombings has risen to 41 and injuries are reported as 80, according to the Tripoli-based state news agency, LANA.

The update comes as the House of Representatives announces three days of official morning. The tragedy has received wide national and international condemnation

Meanwhile, the Faiez Serraj-led Presidency Council (PC) in Tripoli announced that it is arranging ‘‘whatever is needed’’ for victims of the bombings to receive treatment in Tunis. This includes the arrangement of an air bridge to fly victims from Benghazi to the Tunisian capital in order to receive treatment.

The PC stressed that it will continue uninterrupted and with all its resources in countering terrorism in Libya and in pursuing its perpetrators until its eradication from its roots.

Libya’s internationally recognized parliament, the House of Representatives, has called on the international community to help Libya in fighting terrorism as UNSMIL head Ghassan Salame paid a visit to the east yesterday.

Egypt has also announced that it was taking a number of injured for treatment. libyaherald.com

ISIS leader who commanded 200 fighters is Mossad agent

Libyan security forces have arrested a Mossad agent who held a leading position in Daesh in the north-eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, the Israeli website Inian Merkazi reported.

The Hebrew website whose name translates to “Central Issues”, added that Ephraim Benjamin is a Jewish spy and that he mingled with Libyans following the 2011 revolution that resulted in the ouster of former dictator Moammer Ghaddafi.

Masr Alarabia website described him as one of Mossad’s “Arabists” who are characterised by Arab features and who speak Arabic fluently in local dialects.

Israeli Arabists are known for infiltrating Palestinian protests and arresting demonstrators, as well as assassinating anti-occupation Palestinian activists, according to Masr Alarabia.

Benjamin had reportedly become a prominent imam of a large mosque in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, then he became a Daesh leader who commanded 200 fighters from the militant group.

The spy, who was known in Libya as Abu Hafs, was arrested two months ago and accused by the Libyan authorities of gathering intelligence information on Daesh for Mossad.

The Israeli website cited the incident as evidence used by Arab media to justify the common conspiratorial argument propagated in some Arab circles about Israel being behind the rise of Daesh in the region.

Libyan media outlets describe Benjamin as the “Mossad sheikh” who was arrested by local authorities.

Daesh began to operate in Libya in 2015. Many believe that the video posted by the group on 12 February of the same year from the city of Sirte, featuring the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, as the official announcement of the militant group’s emergence in the north African country even if militant operations were believed to have been committed by Daesh prior to that date. middleeastmonitor.com

Israeli Arabists:

Mossad chief warns Iran taking over territory relinquished by ISIS

Muslim Brotherhood calls for an end to assault on al-Qaeda

The Libya Muslim Brotherhood group had denounced, in a statement, the brutal bombardment of the airstrikes of the Army that led by General Khalifa Haftar in the residential area of Ganfouda area in Benghazi. The statement condemned the siege of Haftar’s army on the city of Derna and the air raids on the city. Muslim Brotherhood group expressed concern over kidnapping the innocent civilians in many areas in the country. It called for supporting the efforts that seek to stop the bloodshed. libyaprospect.com

As the Libya National Army has been making gains against al-Qaeda in & around Benghazi, the Libya branch of the Muslim Brotherhood have been calling for an end to the assault on the al-Qaeda stronghold of Ganfouda.

The main opposition to the LNA in that area is Shura Council – The first group in Libya to choose the side of ISIS in relation to the al-Qaeda power struggle, they remained part of the Libya Dawn coalition, they were still part of ISIS during the beach attacks in Tunisia, at that time Libya Dawn were taking Tunisian diplomats hostage, & rounding up hundreds of Tunisian working in the country. The attack on the Tunisian tourist resort Port El Kantaoui, relsuted in Thirty-eight people, 30 of whom were British, being killed.

When the Muslim Brotherhood decided that ISIS had become a threat to their own power & control, the Shura Council flipped their allegiance back to Ayman al-Zawahiri leadership, from ISIS leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This did not make them any more moderate, under the labeled of “Benghazi Defense Brigades” with al-Sharia who perpetrated the 2012 Beghazi attack, which resulted in the deaths of several Americans. They have been sending car bombs into LNA controlled areas in Benghazi, on an almost daily basis.

On the 21 July Amnesty International acknowledged that al-Qaeda groups in Ganfouda had taken hostages, & were using them as human shields, following with the comments that should these civilians be killed during the anti terrorist operations, then it could be used as evidence of LNA war crimes. Did Amnesty International open the door to al-Qaeda harming/executing hostages? to be used as anti LNA propaganda.

“No one should be held as a hostage or treated as a human shield. Even if Ansar al-Sharia were intentionally using detainees as human shields, this would not absolve the Libyan National Army of their obligation to take their presence into account and to avoid launching disproportionate or otherwise indiscriminate attacks, which may amount to war crimes,” said Magdalena Mughrabi – Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa, Amnesty International.

30 September: Magdalena Mughrabi calls up on al-Qaeda to protect the lives of civilians, she is calling on a terrorist organization who is using hostages as human shields to protect the lives of civilians. While BDB have been using Ganfouda as a base of operations to launch car bomb attacks on LNA controlled areas, such as the attack on children leaving their school.

“All the warring parties must take all feasible precautions to protect the lives of civilians caught up in the fighting in Ganfouda and other parts of Libya in line with their obligations under international humanitarian law,” said Magdalena Mughrabi.

There is a notable difference between unintendedly killing civilians who are being used as human shields by al-Qaeda, & deliberately using a car bomb to target children leaving a school.

If the LNA fail to act in defense of their homeland then the alternative is to let Benghazi fall to al-Qaeda, at which point the civilians in LNA areas of control would be used as human shields or slaughtered. Not to mention it would mean allowing al-Qaeda & the Muslim Brotherhood to gain control of Africa’s largest oil reserves on Europe’s doorstep.

ISIS flag in the Benghazi Shura Council HQ in Guwarsha, Oct 2014
Celebrations in Benghazi after LNA announce capture of Gwarsha
Map via Nadia Ramadan – Tripoli
19 June 2015:
Tunisian consular workers freed ‘in exchange for Libya Dawn commander
26 June 2015:
2015 Sousse attacks

Libyan Dawn: Map of allies and enemies

The farce is speading beyond Libya’s shores. After the revelation revealed in The Times that British special forces are not just advising, but fighting alongside Misrata (Libya Dawn) forces battling IS, the head of the British parliament’s powerful foreign affairs committee, Crispin Blunt MP, has demanded Prime Minister Cameron come clean about exactly what the SAS is up to in Libya. His concern: That British units will become embroiled not just in Misrata’s war against IS, but with its bigger battle against Haftar’s forces. Hafter’s forces are covertly advised by Russian and French special forces, leading to the possibility of a very awkward confrontation. Let alone the fact that Egypt and the UAE also support the East Libyans. timesofoman.com

Benghazi children blown apart by car bomb near school

A car bomb outside Jalaa Hospital has today killed at least four people and injured 26 including eight children who were leaving a nearby primary school when the explosion occurred.

Eye-witnesses described body parts strewn around. Pictures showed nearby windows blown out and at least ten vehicles around the car bomb completely destroyed. libyaherald.com

Most likely suspects:
Ironically they call themselves “Benghazi Defense Brigades” they are retaliating due to HoR-Haftars-LNA efforts to fight terrorism in Benghazi (Something Gaddafi was trying to do before NATO stopped him in 2011), so the HoR government can move their base of operations from Tobruk to Bengahzi, & gain more legitimacy. “Bengazi Defense Brigades” are aligned with supposed “anti-ISIS forces”, & could well be gaining military training &/or aid from the UK, Turkey, & Qatar, & then go on to do such things as seen in the article above.

20 Jul 2016
Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya after their helicopter was shot down Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) claims responsibility.

Libyan militiamen (al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood) wounded in the battle to end the Isil’s grip on their country (aid the advance of al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood) are set to be airlifted out for treatment in British hospitals, the Telegraph has been told.

UK hints at sanctions on Egypt if leniency is not shown to the Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian court overturns death sentence for ousted president Mohamed Morsi

Egypt’s Brotherhood says no reconciliation with Sisi

Al-Qeada: more dangerous than ISIL – The Japan News

Policymakers and terrorism scholars are debating whether Al-Qaida or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group is the more dangerous threat to the United States and the West.

After the various bombings and attacks across the West, many experts insist ISIL is the more serious problem.

That is a mistake. Al-Qaida presents the gravest long-term problem to the West.

Al-Qaida’s ruthlessly pragmatic approach has placed it in a far better position to achieve its strategic objectives. It has proved more effective in taking advantage of U.S. policy in the Middle East, primarily in Syria, to legitimize itself as an armed force and, increasingly, as a viable political player. the-japan-news.com

In the South Awlad Suleiman tribe allies with Libya Dawn, having been looking for an excuse to start conflict with the Gadhadhfa tribe. Awlad Suleiman tribe’s response to an accident where a monkey belonging to a Gadhadhfa tribe shopkeeper, got loose & pulled off a hijab from a girl from the Awlad Suleiman tribe, was to kill the monkey, the shopkeeper, & around 20-30 others from the Gadhadhfa tribe, Awlad Suleiman tribe used heavy weapons killing a whole family in one strike. Elders from both tribes are said to be seeking a resolution to the conflict.

Libya: “Why the Gaddafi loyalists are back” – MEE

The situation in Libya is so chaotic that the “libyanisation” neologism is currently imposing itself. It has become a fatal combination of balkanisation – the division of a state into autonomous districts – and somalisation – the failing of a government in favour of militia groups.

Currently, the country has three governments. During the last five years, Libya has seen two general elections, an aborted coup d’etat, the arrival of the Islamic State group (IS) and low-intensity ethnic conflicts. The decaying situation is such that more and more Libyans are calling for a return of the Jamahiriya (“state of the masses”), implemented by Muammar Gaddafi.

“We want to liberate the Jamahiriya, which was the victim of a coup d’etat led by NATO”, Franck Pucciarelli told the Middle East Eye. The Frenchman, who lives in Tunisia, is the spokesman for a group of partisans of the Libyan and international revolutionary groups, who act as the transmission belt for the Gaddafi ideology. He explained that members have been working since 2012 from outside the country.

The organisation reportedly has some 20,000 members in Libya and 15,000 to 20,000 exiled former soldiers are prepared to return. “We are able to organise a popular uprising and if Libya falls into chaos, it is thanks to our actions,” states the spokesman.

Ahmed, a former director at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs today living in Tunisia, is more measured. “We have made the most of the instability to return, but are not responsible for anything, he told MEE. The Libyan people and international community have simply realised that Libya can only be governed under the Jamahiriya”.
The three types of Gaddafi loyalists

The two men do, however, agree on the political organisation of the country after regaining power. The idea is to hold a referendum – or rather a plebiscite – on the return of the Jamahiriya with the presence of the international community to supervise the vote. It would be a relatively modernised state of the masses, with a senate representing the tribes, a lower house and above all a constitution –which were lacking under Mouammar Gaddafi.

It is a scenario which causes Rachid Kechana, director of the North African Study Centre on Libya, to smile. He accepts that there is a sustainable renewal of the green ideology (the colour of the Jamahiriya). “The return to grace of the former regime can above all be understood by the failure of the post-revolutionary transition. And the Gaddafi ideologies are based on this failure to return to the forefront of the political scene, and not a genuine popular acceptance. The Gaddafi loyalists will never return to power, but they will have some importance, through strategic alliances in the future Libya.” middleeasteye.net

Note source is Qatari – Pro Muslim Brotherhood/Misrata – applauds the murder of supporters of the Jamahiriya – “The most revolutionary militia in Tripoli (Muslim Brotherhood & al-Qaeda alliance – Libya Dawn) has understood the potential danger of such a rampant nostalgia to develop. In June, they assassinated 12 loyalists in Tripoli from the Jamahiriya who had just completed their prison sentences for crimes committed in 2011.”

Libya ~ Caravan pro-Gaddafi in Benghazi ~ July 6, 2016

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Explosion as pro-LNA protesters call for Serraj to be sacked

A home-made bomb left next to an ambulance in Benghazi’s Kish Square exploded this afternoon while pro-LNA demonstrations were taking place. Two people were slightly injured, an interior security services official told the Libya Herald.

Demonstrating against the Libyan Political Agreement, the UN, the US and Europe, as well as Faiez Serraj and Ibrahim Jadhran, and supporting Khalifa Hafter and the Libyan National Army (LNA), over a thousand people took part in the demonstration after Friday prayers today, following calls throughout the week from local political activists. Much of the protestors’ anger was directed against UN Special Envoy Martin Kobler and the US and Europe which during the week condemned the LNA’s takeover of the eastern oil terminals.

After the explosion, when the demonstrators refused to leave the square, the Thinni administration’s interior minister Mohammed Al-Madani Al-Fakhri and the head of Benghazi police Colonel Salah Hwaidi also joined them, apparently in an act of solidarity.

Calls for both Serraj and Kobler to be sacked were heard as well at similar demonstrations in Marj, Beida and Tobruk as well as in Zintan and Rajban in the west of the country. Around a dozen people also waved anti-Kobler posters in Tripoli’s Algeria Square. In Sebha, the numbers were slightly larger. In Tobruk, the protestors also thanked Egypt for its support and HoR president Ageela Saleh for his opposition to the Presidency Council.

Earlier in the day, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shukri expressed his country’s full support for the LNA’s takeover last Sunday of the eastern oil terminals so as “to maintain security and stability in Libya and to secure Libyan oil wealth”.

Meanwhile in Benghazi, a house near Benina airport was damaged when it was hit by mortar fire. No one was hurt as the building was empty at the time.libyaherald.com

Pictures: Demonstration in support of the army in the Quiche Square in Benghazi

Quiche explosion Square during a demonstration in support of the army in Benghazi

Libya resumes oil exports from some major ports

Libyan Unity Prime Minister Visits Egypt After Oil Exports Resume

Mystery war plane kills civilians near Jufra

U.S. election 2016: Is Hillary Clinton’s health an issue?

Hillary Clinton’s team has revealed that she is suffering from “walking pneumonia”, after she was seen staggering while attending the 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, 70, has on several occasions attempted to draw attention to the 68-year-old former secretary of state’s health.

BBC News looks at how Mrs Clinton’s illness might affect the race for the White House. bbc.co.uk

2012; Hillary Clinton is not expected to appear before next week’s House committee hearing on 9/11 Benghazi attack after fainting & suffering a concussion.

Benghazi Brigade downs helicopter, killing 2 French troops

Benghazi Defense Brigades – A mix of Shura Council (fmr ISIS now al-Qaeda), February Martyrs Brigade (were in charge of protecting Americans in Benghazi 2012), & other Islamists, allied with Libya Dawn, spiritual leader Sadiq Al-Ghariani.

Officials in Libya said on Tuesday that an Islamist militia shot down a helicopter outside the eastern city of Benghazi, killing two French special forces troops who were onboard.

The officials, one an air force officer who knew of the helicopters’ passengers and the other an official working for Western missions in Libya, said that there were no survivors in the attack, which took place on Sunday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The French defense ministry declined to comment, saying it does not release information regarding its special forces.

A militia that calls itself the Defending Benghazi Brigade claimed the attack, saying it had used an SA-7 shoulder-fired missile and heavy machine guns to down the aircraft, which belonged to forces under Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the head of armed forces based in Libya’s east, who they oppose.

The incident highlights the secretive western military cooperation with the eastern forces led by Hifter, an anti-Islamist who opposes the United Nations-brokered, Tripoli-based unity government but is supported by the internationally-recognized parliament in the eastern city of Tobruk.

Officially, the international community only recognizes the unity government and is imposing an arms embargo until the government unifies the army. militarytimes.com

Derna Shura: We have no links to al-Qaeda & M.Brotherhood

For renegade General Khalifa Haftar and his puppets, those who oppose Dignity Operation are terrorists! They can be ISIS affiliates, Al-Qaeda-linked extremists, or Muslim Brotherhood members. Derna Shura Council is no exception. This council was categorized by Dignity Operation as an ISIS group, but later after the defeat of ISIS in Derna by council fighters, the categorization has been changed! Now, Dignity Operation and its affiliated media claim that Derna Shura fighters are a group of Al-Qaeda who are supported by Muslim Brotherhood. libyaobserver.ly

Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, operating in Derna, & Ajdabiya, were the first group in Libya to pledge allegiance to ISIS, switching allegiances from al-Qaeda to ISIS, then back to al-Qaeda; presumably after the Muslim Brotherhood started to view ISIS as a threat to their own influence/control, leading to the assassination of Shura Council leader Nasser Akr by ISIS. While under the ISIS banner Derna remained allied to Libya Dawn, who at the time were cooperating with ISIS against Haftar forces. Note. That Derna Shura Council was under the ISIS banner at the time of the Tunisia attack (Thirty of the 38 people killed by a gunman on a Tunisian beach were British).

Shura Council’s links to al-Qaeda go back to LIFG; Who’s financiers operated in the UK around 2005-6 under charity fronts (Sanabal Charitable Committee) to finance terrorist organizations in Iraq, Afghanistan, & Libya. The Shura Council of Mujahideen in Derna was created by former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group member Salim Derby on 12 December 2014. Derby was given leadership of Abu Salim Battalion; by the same person who formed the Muslim Brotherhood &, al-Qaeda group Dawn militia, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi.

Saudi sources; Libya Dawn: Map of allies and enemies states that the Shura Council has connections to both the Muslim Brotherhood (Dawn) & al-Qaeda (particularly al-Sharia who were involved in the 2012 Benghazi attack).

Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links

Shura Council of Mujahideen in Derna flag:
Al-Qaeda flag:

Muslim Brotherhood official site:
Libyan Muslim Brotherhood Supports Anti-ISIS Forces in Libya
(Operating via the UN-backed Presidency Council)

Al-Qaeda groups were described by western media as peaceful protesters;
men, women, & children who just want western styled democracy
(lynch mobs & death squads).

“They just want better human rights in the country”?:
(The February 17 Battalion, allied to Dawn/Derna Shura council
puts cigeret out on, forces Egyption living in Libya to eat excrement)

Abdel Hakim Belhaj wins right to sue UK government over his kidnap
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi warns Zintan about Dawn founder Abdel Hakim Belhaj

Israeli sources claim Italian-British force ambushed in Libya

ISIS fighters smashed a force of Italian and British Special Ops troops on Wednesday, April 27 in the first battle of its kind in Libya, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. This battle will result in the delay of the planned Western invasion of Libya, as the encounter proved that European forces are not ready for this kind of guerilla warfare. The sources also said the planners of the invasion were surprised by the high combat skills of the ISIS fighters.

Our sources report the following details:
The convoy of Italian marines, British special forces and Libyan troops was traveling from the northwestern city of Misrata toward the ISIS stronghold of Sirte, located 273 kilometers to the southeast, when it was ambushed and hit hard by ISIS forces.
Italian troops were among those killed or wounded in the battle, but there is no information whether there were British casualties as well. Some reports say members of the Western force were taken prisoner by ISIS, although they have yet to be identified. It is possible that any hostages are from the Libyan National Army, a militia commanded by Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a Libyan who has American citizenship. debka.com

An Italian flag was burned in Derna , Libya , during a demonstration against the continued air strikes by the Libyan National Army (Lna) led by Khalifa Haftar. This was reported by the local newspaper Libya Herald, explaining that the demonstrators condemned what they call interference by Italy and the United Nations in Libya . A similar event was held in Benghazi in recent days.

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