A major attack on the court buildings in Misrata this morning is reported to have killed four people and seriously injured 15. At least a further 25 are said to have been wounded in what appears to have been a coordinated assault for which the so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility.
The court was in session when it was attacked around 11.30 am by three men who started shooting.It was initially suggested that the assault may have been an attempt to free IS members who were on trial. However, the mayor of Misrata, Mohamed Eshtewi, has said that no IS trial was taking place.
According to a court employee, he and his colleagues were told that they were being attacked by IS and were given guns to defend themselves. The shootout lasted for over half an hour during which the judicial police and support units that arrived to help them managed to kill one of the attackers. One of the others then blew himself up on the second floor. Video footage shows the second floor windows being blown out.
The third terrorist then blew himself up on the ground floor. Reports of a car bomb outside the court were not true.
Defence ministry and formerly Bunyan Marsous spokesman Mohamed al-Ghasri has said that the attack targeted the head of the court, Assadik Badi, saying it was in revenge for statements he had made about IS.
The area around the complex was initially cordoned off amid fears of further attacks
Misrata Central Hospital put out an appeal to staff to come in and help deal with the wounded.
Misrata suffered a number of suicide bombings in 2015 and last year. But despite fears that IS cells would revert to to the tactic after their defeat by Misrata-led forces in Sirte, there have been no attacks – until now.
Condemnation of the attack, and condolences for those killed has been coming from all quarters in Libya, including from Khalifa Hafter.
Three of the dead have been named as police officers Mohamed Al-Naali, Abdussalam Abuali and Mohamed Jibril. libyaherald.com
Basit Igtet meeting Muslim_Brotherhood led by Mohamad Sawan. In the meeting also, Tunisia Muslim Brotherhood leader R. Ghannouchi.
Some supporters of the Libyan branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, & Shura Council-al-Qaeda in Libya, took to the streets of Libya’s capital Tripoli, Green/Martyrs’ Square, to show support for Basit Igtet. Basit Igtet is married to Sara Bronfman, who’s father Edgar was the treasurer & chief executive of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). Basit Igtet anounced his intentions to run for president, & called upon his supporters to take to the streets on the 25th, as he arrived in Libya traveling from his resident country of Switzerland.
It is estimated that Sara Bronfman has funneled more than $100 million of her assets into NXIVM. NXIVM has been described as a brainwashing cult. In a video of the leader Keith Raniere, he appears to make indirect death threats, when his leadership is questioned.
“I’ve had people killed because of my beliefs & because of their beliefs”:
Richard Branson has permitted his name and a quotation to be used in connection with NXIVM.
Pro Islamist Libya Observer; interview with Basit Igtet:
Basit Igtet meeting with John McCain. 2011 Benghazi?
2011 meeting in Benghazi McCain calls Islamists his heroes.
In Lieberman’s final days as a senator, a reporter asked him if he would become a lobbyist. “No, I’m not going to do that,” he replied. But in November 2013, as Politico reported at the time, his law firm signed up as a foreign agent for Basit Igtet, a Libyan businessman and activist who was considering running for prime minister in Libya. Igtet made his money through assorted ventures in Switzerland, where his family had sought exile. He married Sara Bronfman, the daughter of Edgar Bronfman, who had been the billionaire chairman of Seagram and the president of the World Jewish Congress. The foreign agent registration form filed at the Justice Department noted that Lieberman would be part of the team handling this $100,000 project that would provide “government relations services” to Igtet.
A Benghazi native, Igtet was a long-shot candidate for prime minister. As Forbes noted, “Igtet believes he’s got the technocratic prowess to transform his country of six million people from the brink of civil war into the crown jewel of northern Africa. But skeptics say his status as a longtime expatriate and his lack of national security experience leave him ill-prepared to grasp control of deteriorating relations among warring rebel factions, police and the army.” And having a Jewish wife was probably not an asset. motherjones.com
West African migrants are being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave markets in Libya, survivors have told a UN agency helping them return home.
Trafficked people passing through Libya have previously reported violence, extortion and slave labour. But the new testimony from the International Organization for Migration suggests that the trade in human beings has become so normalised that people are being traded in public.
“The latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya],” said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies. “The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.”
The north African nation is a major exit point for refugees from Africa trying to take boats to Europe. But since the overthrow of autocratic leader Muammar Gaddafi, the vast, sparsely populated country has slid into violent chaos and migrants with little cash and usually no papers are particularly vulnerable.
One 34-year-old survivor from Senegal said he was taken to a dusty lot in the south Libyan city of Sabha after crossing the desert from Niger in a bus organised by people smugglers. The group had paid to be taken to the coast, where they planned to risk a boat trip to Europe, but their driver suddenly said middlemen had not passed on his fees and put his passengers up for sale.
“The men on the pick-up were brought to a square, or parking lot, where a kind of slave trade was happening. There were locals – he described them as Arabs – buying sub-Saharan migrants,” said Livia Manante, an IOM officer based in Niger who helps people wanting to return home. theguardian.com
We play by their rules, we get some kind of life. What kind of life?
Representatives from Misrata acknowledged the right of displaced Tawerghans to return to their lands, signaling a stunning reversal in position of the west Libyan town and a possible end to a four-year long conflict.
During a two-day United Nations brokered meeting in Tunis, delegations from the neighboring towns, agreed to confidence building measures and to form a joint committee to oversee a peace process.
On Thursday Misrata promised to work on the return of the Tawergha, the largest of Libya’s displaced communities. If achieved it could see some 40,000 people – scattered across the country in makeshift refugee camps- finally go home.
Misratan revolutionaries expelled the Tawergha from their town, 230km east of Tripoli, in August 2011 during the uprising which toppled Muammar Gaddafi. It was in revenge for the role Tawerghan fighters played in the brutal Gaddafi regime siege on Misrata at the start of the NATO-backed revolt. Some 2,000 Misratans died, mostly civilians, in the assault, during which there were also allegations of systematic rapes committed by Tawerghan armed groups. libyaschannel.com
Is this a genuine effort for reconciliation? or just a bit of pro-Misrata propaganda?
Highly sceptical Tawarghans say they will believe it when they see it, stating that this is not the first time Misratans have agreed, that displaced Tawarghans could move back to their home town. The date was set for Tawarghans to return was 15/10/2016, but evidently the deal was all talk & no action.
Why would Misratans anounce their intent for reconciliation? Why now?
After the Muslim Brotherhood & al-Qaeda seize control of Sirte from their former ally ISIS, Misratans seek to push forward with a moderate image, when seeking military aid in the fight againts HoR & the LNA. They may well seek to rest & regroup after their efforts to eliminate their competition in Sirte, Misrata/Libya Dawn have shown themselves to be no better than ISIS in the past, I personally do not buy this moderate act. Founders of Libya Dawn denounced violence around 2010, a few months later they were slaughtering black Libyans, who were fighting with the Gaddafi government, because they desired to stay in their home town, maintaining the quality of life under the Libyan Jamahiriya system.
The reports of “systematic rapes committed by Tawerghan armed groups” were baseless, there is no genuine evidence of these crimes being commited, CNN provided a fake news report where they used a single Libyan porn video as evidence of “systematic rapes committed by Tawerghans”. There is however evidence of mass graves & execution sites, filled with the boddies black Libyans, after Misratas assault on the town. Note there are current unconfirmed reports of rape in a town near Tripoli, which is under the control of Misrata/Libya Dawn. Susan Rice claimed “Gaddafi supplies troops with Viagra to encourage mass rape”. There is no evidence for this claim. It appears to be war propaganda that aided the rise of terrorist groups in Libya.
So where is this all leading? Most likely with NATO members France & Turkey-UK supporting opposite sides in the conflict of Libya Dawn Vs LNA. Which is expected to intensify as Sirte switches hands from one terrorist group to another.
Three top figures of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) talk to the media during a press conference held by the son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, Seif al-Islam (not seen in picture), in Tripoli on March 23, 2010 to announce the liberation of 214 prisoners from different Islamist groups, including the three senior LIFG members. In 2007, Al-Qaeda announced that the LIFG had joined the jihadist network, but last year, the Kadhafi Foundation announced that Islamists being held in Libyan prisons that had previously had links with Al-Qaeda had renounced those ties. ‘With the release of these leaders, we have brought to a conclusion our programme of dialogue and reconciliation,’ Seif al-Islam added, in reference to a policy of reaching out to Islamists begun in 2007 by the Kadhafi Foundation, which he heads. The three men were identified as top boss Abdelhakim Belhaj, military chief, Khaled Shrif and ideological official Sami Saadi. gettyimages.co.uk
Belhadj (pictured center in the gettyimages link) was made commander of the Tripoli Military Council, after the rebels took over Tripoli during Operation Mermaid Dawn in late August 2011. wikipedia.org
A pro Dawn news site claims that: “Dignity Operation militias arrest Tawergha municipality member over photo” Tawergha municipality member photographed side by side with terrorist leader, Western Libyan Mufti, Al-Sadiq Al-Gharyani, the man behind the coup on Tripoli which led to Dawn gaining control of the city, which Al-Gharyani organized while in the UK, he is also the spirtual leader of Benghazi Defence Brigades, reponsible for targeting Benghazi children with car bombs.
In a dramatic turn of events, a handful of members of the former General National Council and the former Tripoli “prime minister” have staged an apparent coup in Tripoli, taking over the the GNC’s old premises next to Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel and declaring themselves in power again.
This evening Ghwell issued a statement from the GNC’s old premises next to Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel, declaring a state of emergency and what he called it an “historical initiative to rescue Libya”.
The Rixos conference centre, which previously served as the GNC’s chamber, and the “Hospitality Palaces” across the road were taken over six months ago by the State Council headed by Abdulrahman Sewehli, but it pulled out a couple of days ago, citing security issues.
Today’s takeover followed a stand-off in the area since early morning between gunmen supporting the former GNC and those linked to Sewehli. It ended with the latter withdrawing. Disgruntled over unpaid salaries, their commitment was already weakened. It is believed they had already threatened to quit and were in contact with Ghwell supporters – which was why the State Council decided to withdraw.
This evening, Ghwell, accompanied by Awad Abdul Saddeq, the GNC’s first deputy president, and the former head of GNC’s own “presidential guard, Ali Ramali, called on Abdullah Al-Thinni, head of the interim government in Beida, to join him and together form a national unity government.
Ghwell also accused the internationally-backed Presidency Council (PC) of undermining national unity and of being the pawn of foreign forces wanting to divide the country.
He ordered all governmental organisations and ministries to stop dealing the PC and to work with him again instead. He also said that all those who had been appointed by the PC were dismissed.
There has been no reaction as yet to what is being seen as a coup, either by Sewehli, or by the Presidency Council which is meeting in Tunis. Also there has been no appearance so far of Nuri Abu Sahmin, the former head of the GNC.
There has been no comment either from Beida although it is known that a couple of weeks ago, proposals were put to the Thinni government that it should join hands with the former Ghwell administration and create a government of national unity to replace the PC.
It is thought that controversial grand mufti Sadek Al-Ghariani was aware of approved Ghwell’s moves. His Tanasah TV station was the only one attending Ghwell’s press conference this evening. libyaherald.com
If you were to write Libya’s current events as a novel, a publisher would throw it out, on the grounds that it was too improbable even as a work of fiction.
Just consider: Libya has a new government, the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is backed, indeed created by western powers, yet supported by almost nobody in Libya. So much so that, two months after arriving in Tripoli, its seven strong presidency council – two members having already quit – the rest – when there’re there – cannot even leave the naval base. They hold sham meetings in a bunker with visiting dignitaries and are protected by paid Dawn militias on the base.
The Prime Minister’s Office in Tripoli is occupied by Libya Dawn people. Dawn created the National Salvation Government in Tripoli.
The farce escalated on March 31, when the GNA, more accurately the Presidency Council, chosen not by election but by a UN-chaired commission, arrived in the Libyan capital by boat. Boat? Yes, because Libya Dawn, the coalition of extremist and Misrata militias that controls Tripoli, had then threatened to shoot down their plane. An Italian warship conveyed these seven men, bearing a UN mandate, to a spot just over the horizon. Then a rusty Libyan naval cutter ferried them the last few miles, to preserve the illusion that this was a Libyan operation, not one engineered by Western puppet-masters.
Once in the naval base, the council, which is not part of the yet to be confirmed 30 Ministers and 60 Deputy Ministers of the GNA, are led by a “designate prime minister” Fayez Serraj, a businessman, who has been unable to move into the city though he now frequently visits other countries; staying anywhere but Libya if he can. Dawn still controls the city, and the pro-Dawn pro-Muslim Brotherhood chiefs of central bank and oil remain in post. So Serraj and his Council HAD to make a deal with Dawn!
PC/GNA members can’t even get into the government offices, which are still occupied by Dawn’s own National Salvation Government.
Instead, the GNA has agreed that Libya Dawn can be its security force.
What the PC/GNA have done is let the members of Dawn create, accepted by the UN, a State Council, supposedly an advisory body only but increasingly seen as the power in Tripoli with Misratan Abdel Rahman Swehli as its head and cooperating with his cousin, the ambitious Deputy designate PM Ahmed Maetig, seem both to have effectively usurped Serraj’s authority.
In turn, this has infuriated the elected parliament, based in the eastern city of Tobruk. That parliament -the HOR – refuses to vote for the new phantom GNA government, and members are dismayed to see Dawn now cemented in control of the capital through the State Council.
As as result, the East, Cyrenaica, appear to be breaking away. Early in May they tried to sell their own oil. The UN stopped them. The UN issued an edict to blockade Tobruk port – Hariga – Libya’s only current export terminal. Then after a few days the blockade was negotiated away. What was agreed is unknown.
Now the East are about to issue their own currency.
Libya Dawn might control the capital, reducing the GNA to impotence, but Tobruk has some very strong cards also. The east has most of Libya’s oil. Its National Army, commanded by Gen.Khalifa Haftar, is more powerful than Dawn’s. In the east, its units have occupied key oil fields in the Sirte Basin and other strategic positions. In the west, its allied units in Zintan have closed pipelines that pass through their territory from oil fields to Zawia, Tripoli’s only real oil port, while proudly announcing newly-formed combat units loyal to the Libyan Army and Hafter.
The east has most of the oil, and knows it is in a powerful position to issue its own currency, 4 billion Libyan Dinars no less, printed in Russia, and available to the people from the 1st June, even as Tripoli’s central bank also starts distributing their notes printed in Britain.
With Tobruk holding the key economic and military cards, though the PC first called such currency counterfeit, Serraj this week agreed a compromise; the east can issue its currency, if it cooperates with the Tripoli bank so that both currencies co-exist. Lets see how long that lasts.
It must be noted that on the ‘US Embassy of Libya’ Facebook site, the Americans issued a categoric statement that the Russian made money was counterfeit. I wonder will they issue a retraction?
The reality is that the civil war goes on, and the east, disenchanted by the shambles of a “unity” government and interference of the international community, has in effect broken away, taking Libya’s oil with it, and leaving western powers grasping at straws and looking incompetent.
This has not stopped pro-Dawn elements in Serraj’s presidency council from starting a purge of foreign embassies to instal their own people. With the power of UN backing, the purge cannot be opposed. A mass clearout is taking place in Libyan embassies across the world. But these purges will only further antagonise Tobruk, and indeed all Libyans who feel that an extremist-Misrata coalition of militias should not rule Libya to the exclusion of everyone else. The West should be ashamed.
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 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.
Meanwhile, the US is rushing ahead with plans to arm GNA forces, who will be only Dawn militias, after Haftar said categorically he does not accept the GNA as a legitimate government. The US insists the weapons will only be used against IS, but if Dawn militias turn them on Haftar’s forces, the west will find itself embroiled in a proxy war. While Washington supports the GNA, Moscow in particular is increasingly throwing its weight behind the elected parliament in Tobruk, raising the prospect of a diplomatic mailstrom similar to that which is now unfolding in Syria.
No, a publisher would say, shaking their head, this kind of mess is just not credible. Not even as fiction.
Could western powers, with such powerful intelligence services, with so much brain-power and stored experience, really contrive this mess? All I can say is, good luck to future historians, or come to that, congressional and parliamentary inquiries, trying to untangle this mess.
The very short answer for those who can’t wait for historians or parliamentary reports is the fact that both Washington and London are seduced at the very highest levels by the formidable internationally organised Muslim Brotherhood who support the militias of Tripoli and Misrata and want the control of Libya and her assets inside and outside the country.
We in the West couldn’t have made the situation worse if we tried. – Exclusive to Times of Oman timesofoman.com
BRITISH special forces took out an ISIS suicide truck packed with explosives during a daredevil mission, it has been revealed.
The SAS and SBS have been operating behind enemy lines in the North African desert for several months.
And their raid on ISIS fighters outside the key town of Misrata is the first known engagement between Britain’s elite troops and jihadists in Libya. thesun.co.uk
The SAS “heroes” were heavily involved in the engineered destabilization of the country, there are reports of western special forces snipers, killing both pro & anti Gaddafi forces, to ignite, & intensify conflict in the once prosperous African country. The best they can do now is to not get blown up by their former freedom fighter allies (this time around), who at the time of the so called revolution were under al-Qaeda leadership, but who have since rebranded themselves as the Islamic State group.
As Gaddafi forces were encroaching on Benghazi to attack al-Qaeda, our brave SAS most likely had a hand in sabotaging Gaddafi’s effort to fight terrorism in Libya. In Benghazi where ISIS flags were flying openly above the courthouse, Gaddafi was ordered by NATO to ceasefire against pro democracy protestors, al-Qaeda was given NATO/RAF air support to advance. Gaddafi responded in a letter to Obama: “What would you do if you found them (al-qaeda) controlling American cities with the power of weapons? What would you do, so I can follow your example?” – reported in media at the time as the ramblings of a madman. After our brave SAS had thwarted Gaddafi’s efforts fight terrorism, they were instrumental in the indiscriminate bombing of Sirte, calling in strikes that literally ripped children to shreds, destroying what was a beautiful city, & turning it into the ISIS hell hole that it is today.
The SAS after they had finished destabilizing Libya turning it into a failed state, terrorist hub on Europes doorstep. I want to make it clear; What the SAS did in Libya around 2011 was no mistake, the actions of the SAS were deliberate acts of terror, they went on to attempt to do the same thing in Syria. If all the SAS can do now is not get blown up this time, Note the previous attack where Italian & British troops in Libya were injured possibly killed in an ISIS attack. Forgive me if my response is more of a sarcastic clap than the applause seen in corporate media.
25 Aug 2011
British and French special forces are on the ground in eastern Libya, calling in air strikes and helping rebel units as they prepare to assault Sirte, the last coastal town still in the hands of pro-Gaddafi forces, a rebel officer has told the Guardian.theguardian.com
The BBC exaggerates the accomplishments of UN government:
Image labled: “Libyan pro-government forces(Libya Dawn which is made up of al-Qaeda & the Muslim Brotherhood)celebrated after taking back the city of Misrata(Abu Grein crossroads, which lies 120 kilometres south of Misrata)from IS militants”(No gains made, just recaptured a road lost to ISIS at the start of anti-ISIS Sirte op.)
There are concerns that parts of Libya Dawn are temporarily playing ball with the UN government to receive arms & training, then to use those arms to fulfill their own objectives, separate from the desires of the UN government.
This article below suggests that the UN government is taking measures to prevent similar incident such as the kidnapping of former president Ali Zeidan, by Dawn militia after Zeidan failed to meet protection racket payments.
Since the calling of a halt to anti ISIS assault on Sirte by the UN government; ISIS appears to of taken strategic roads in Misrata, the concerns are that Libya Dawn is deliberately allowing ISIS to take territory, to sabotage the rival UN governments efforts to fight terrorism in the country, in the hope of a lifting of sanctions, & arms embargo. Qatar with a GDP of 93,714.06 USD, seeks to paint Dawn as the victim of ISIS rather than ISIS being Dawns ally of convenience, a theory at this time which is based on circumstantial evidence. One thing that can be certain of is that Dawn is made up of & allied with al-Qaeda, so it is hard to see the organization as part of the solution in the fight against terrorism 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.
The Islamist “Libyan Dawn” has been described as “an uneasy coalition” including “former al-Qaeda jihadists” who fought against Qaddafi in the nineties, Berber ethnic militias, members of Libya’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a “network of conservative merchants” from Misrata.
The militia coalition known as Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) seized control of Tripoli after fierce fighting with rival factions, forcing the internationally recognised government and parliament to flee east.
The UN Libya envoy Bernardino Leon has declared that peace talks are in their “final days” and he is right – the failure of his talks process is now just a short time away.
A year of muddle and confusion by the envoy is ending right where it began – with Libya’s warring sides as far away as ever and nothing to show for endless peace conferences he has convened in Algeria, Belgium, Egypt, Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey and Switzerland. Each conference has begun with Leon declaring a deal was close to end the civil war, and each has ended in failure. timesofoman.com
U.S. policies have fed the extraordinary growth of extreme jihadism modeled on al Qaeda and ISIS. The US-led NATO bombing of Libya in 2011 helped turn that country into a breeding ground for ISIS and related jihadist movements. counterpunch.org