Laaska News Oct. 30,2011
Igor Siletsky, Anisimov Sergey
This week, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on lifting the no-fly zone over Libya. The resolution, which had been put forward Read more…
Laaska News Oct. 27,2011
UN Security Council adopts resolution to end Libyan mandates
The UN Security Council has lifted a no-fly zone from Libya that was imposed on March 17 to protect civilians from pro-Gaddafi air strikes. Read more…
Laaska News Oct. 26,2011
Libya’s new authorities have called on the UN Security Council not to rush with the approval of the resolution which removes the no-fly zone over the country. Read more…
Laaska News March 29,2011.
WASHINGTON, March 28 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday an intention for a “regime change” in Libya by foreign forces would be a mistake that would lead the West-led military actions to split. Read more…
Laaska News March 26,2011
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov paid short visits to Egypt and Algeria this week in the thick of the coalition operation in Libya. Read more…
Laaska News March 25,2011.
DOHA, March 25 (Xinhua) — Qatar said on Friday its warplanes have flew over Libya as part of its participation of international coalition for enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya, state-run QNA news agency reported, citing a military statement. Read more…
Laaska News March 23,2011.
Sergei Sayenko (Mar 22 )
British special task units totaling several dozen servicemen are in Libya, providing military assistance to the rebels, the Daily Mail newspaper reports.
According to the official version, the British special task units are in Libya to help adjust air strikes on Libyan targets from the ground, carry out reconnaissance, locate Libyan arms depots and just be on standby to rescue pilots if a coalition plane is shot down over the territory controlled by supporters of Muammar Gaddafi.
British commandos have reportedly been in Libya for about three weeks now, covertly operating in Colonel Gaddafi’s rear. A senior British Defense Department official, who for some reason wished to remain anonymous, has argued that the British military presence on the Libyan soil, which many condemned as illegal, does not contradict UN Security Council resolution 1973 authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya.
But considering that the resolution sanctions no military action beyond the no-fly zone, what are British commandos doing in Libya? Prime Minister David Cameron, explaining the aims of the anti-Libyan coalition in the House of Commons this week, made clear that a ground offensive in Libya was out the question.
“In line with UN resolution 1973, there were two aims to these strikes. The first was to suppress the Libyan air defences and make possible the safe enforcement of a no-fly zone. The second was to protect civilians from attack by the Gaddafi regime,” said David Cameron.
And yet, British commandos are already in Libya and they may be assigned new tasks on top of those already mentioned. For now, it looks like these new tasks have not been clearly determined. The point is that a group of Western countries that launched massive air and missile strikes against Libya on Saturday seem to have no clear-cut strategy or action plan save for pouring tons of rockets on Libyan soil. Quite evidently, if the Muammar Gaddafi regime holds out, which may well be the case, things may take a pretty awkward turn for the political and military leadership of the anti-Libyan coalition.
Some analysts assume that in the latter scenario, the coalition may push for a ground offensive as a last resort. And then, the British special task units in Libya will be extremely helpful. The ground offensive will require a new UN Security Council resolution. Meanwhile, chances that this third resolution on Libya will ever leave the walls of the UN headquarters in New York look pretty slim as more and more countries, including in the Arab world, are raising their voices against the foreign military intervention in Libya.
Inside the United States, criticism has been mounting from both Republican and Democrat politicians of President Barack Obama’s decision to take part in the operation against Libya without seeking Congress approval first. But suppose he did, the prospect of getting the country involved in yet another war in an Islamic country, parallel to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will hardly make U.S. lawmakers happy.
Laaska News March 22,2011
Support for the opposition is not the goal of the allied forces’ “Odyssey Dawn” operation in Libya. Read more…
Laaska News March 22,2011.
MOSCOW, March 21 (Xinhua) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said his country will not participate in any operation in regard to Read more…
UNITED NATIONS, March 15 (Xinhua) — The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet on Wednesday morning to discuss the issue of the no-fly zone over Libya, Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations who holds the rotating council presidency for March, told reporters here. Read more…