War in Libya – Libya and World – News (March to July 2011)
Laaska News April 21,2011
NATO needs help in Libya – media
Coalition forces have turned to Libya’s immediate neighbors for help because they underestimated pro-Gaddafi forces’ combat capabilities, Algeria’s Al-Khabar newspaper reported on Thursday.
According to Al-Khabar, NATO earlier urged the authorities of Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Niger and Chad to deny entry for high-ranking Libyan officials, as well as stop all military supplies.
Russia warns against ground operation in Libya
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned of serious repercussions of a possible ground operation in Libya.
“All signs are that such an operation is already in the offing”, Lavrov said after his talks with Slovenian counterpart Samuel Zbogar in Ljubljana on Thursday.
He urged coalition forces to stick to the relevant UN Security Council resolution, which Lavrov said should help resolve the Libyan gridlock.
Also on Thursday, Britain, France and Italy said that they would send their military experts to Benghazi to assist the armed struggle against forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.
Earlier, Libyan rebels made it plain that NATO airstrikes against pro-Gaddafi forces were insufficient and called for additional ground troop intervention.
Libya: civilian death toll on the rise
11 civilians were killed and 18 others were injured over the past 24 hours of NATO air strikes on areas in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli, the state-run Al Jamahiriya TV channel reports.
Meanwhile, the opposition says forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi used tanks and artillery to pound homes in the eastern city of Misrata.
Both warring sides refute each other’s reports about killing civilians.
Seven killed in NATO air raid in Libya: report
TRIPOLI, April 21 (Xinhua) — Seven people were killed and 18 others were injured in a NATO raid here late Wednesday, local TV reported Thursday.
The strike occurred in Khallat al-Farjan area of Tripoli, with several houses collapsed, said the report.
Laaska News April 20,2011
NATO renews Libya airstrikes
Renewed NATO air strikes on Wednesday hit Bir-Ganam, a town some 70 kilometers southwest of the Libyan capital Tripoli and also government positions near the eastern city of Adjdabiya and a number of radio and television broadcasting facilities elsewhere in the country.
Italian advisors head to Libya
Italy, along with the UK and France, will send its military advisors to Libya to provide consultations to the rebels, reports France Presse, citing Italian Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa.
The minister says that ten Italian army men will be sent to Benghazi to advise Libya’s oppositional National Council.
La Russa pointed out that this is not the deployment of troops for a ground operation.
Libya rebels ‘disorganized’ – NYT
Rebel forces in Libya are too disorganized to come to agreement on who will command their troops, New York Times writes.
Both of the two generals vying for the post of commander – Khalifa Hifter and Abdel Fatah Yunes – claim to be in command of opposition forces, the newspaper writes.
Abdel Fatah Yunes used to be interior minister and Gaddafi’s associate but defected to the opposition after the start of anti-government protests.
Khalifa Hifter is a popular figure with rebel forces but opposition leaders accuse him of being too late to join them.
British foreign secretary announces aid to National Transitional Council in Libya
LONDON, April 19 (Xinhua) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Tuesday announced assistance to the National Transitional Council (NTC) in Libya and the expansion of the British diplomatic team in Benghazi.
Hague said ” Britain’s substantial and early military contribution to the enforcement of UNSCR 1973 has helped save the lives of thousands of civilians threatened by Qadhafi’s murderous regime. As the scale of the humanitarian crisis has grown, so has the urgency of increasing our efforts to defend civilians against the attack from Qadhafi forces.”
“With the Libyan people still faced with continuing attacks by Qadhafi’s forces, the need to protect civilians in Libya is our highest priority. UNSCR 1973 authorizes member states to take all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack from Qadhafi,” He said.
The foreign secretary said in a statement that Britain regards the NTC as legitimate political interlocutors for the country.
Hague said “We have in recent weeks decided to supply the NTC with non-lethal assistance in order to assist them in protecting civilians, including telecommunications equipment and protective body armor. We have stepped up our contribution to international efforts to relieve the humanitarian crisis in Libya, in particular in Misrata. And a UK diplomatic team led by Christopher Prentice has been liaising closely with the opposition in Benghazi.”
The National Security Council has decided that Britain will now move quickly to expand the team already in Benghazi led by Prentice to include an additional military liaison advisory team.
This contingent will be drawn from experienced British military officers, Hague said, these additional personnel will enable Britain to build on the work already being undertaken to support and advise the NTC on how to better protect civilians. In particular they will advise the NTC on how to improve their military organizational structures, communications and logistics, including how best to distribute humanitarian aid and deliver medical assistance.
“In doing so, we will coordinate closely with other international partners also assisting the NTC,” he added.
The statement stressed that this deployment is fully within the terms of UNSCR 1973 both in respect of civilian protection and its provision expressly ruling out a foreign occupation force on Libyan soil.
“Consistent with our obligations under that Resolution, our officers will not be involved in training or arming the opposition’s fighting forces. Nor will they be involved in the planning or execution of the NTC’s military operations or in the provision of any other form of operational military advice,” Hague said.