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Ha, yeah I read they were training them at a 'secret facility' in Libya.


I figured that 'secret facility' could otherwise be termed as 'an uninhabited part of the desert'.


Good chance the trainer was actually military rather than intelligence.



Perhaps. he didn't want his face seen, though.


Upped that analyst video for you. Watch it with VLC player. http://www.videolan.org


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april 7th 2011



ABU DHABI (Zawya Dow Jones)--The U.S. backs the sale of oil by Libya's rebels and supports Libya's Transitional National Council in exporting oil, energy secretary Steven Chu said Thursday.


"The United States is supportive of that sale and supportive of the transitional government for that sale," Chu said at a press conference at a clean energy event in Abu Dhabi.


An oil tanker departed the northeastern port of Marsa al-Hariga in Libya on Wednesday carrying one million barrels of oil, marking the first sale of oil by Libya's rebel government since an uprising against Col. Moammar Gadhafi began on Feb. 17.


Libya's transitional government has been formally recognized by France, Italy, and Qatar. Members of the rebel government met with U.S. envoy Chris Stevens on Wednesday in talks meant to give the U.S. a better sense of the opposition leadership.


-By Nour Malas and Wayne Ma, Dow Jones Newswires; +971502890223, nour.malas@dowjones.com


Copyright © 2011 Dow Jones & Co.

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rest in peace tim hetherington



Tim Hetherington, the esteemed photojournalist and an Oscar nominee for a gritty and harrowing documentary about the Afghan war, has been killed in the war-torn Libyan city of Misrata, according to the president of the agency that represented him.


Another journalist was seriously wounded but his or her identity was not disclosed. Panos Pictures, which employed Hetherington, confirmed that the photographer's family had been notified.

"We're still trying to figure out front lines or house (referring to where he was when killed)," said CSPR agency president Cathy Saypol. "The only thing we know is that he was hit by an RPG with the other guys."


His last Twitter entry appears to have been made on Tuesday: "In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO."


A British native, Hetherington was nominated for "Restrepo," a documentary film he co-directed with journalist Sebastian Junger that received an Academy Award nomination this year.

Hetherington spent eight years in West Africa and has reported on social and political issues worldwide, most notably the Liberian conflict.

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ahh, war #4




(CNN) -- NATO jets pounded Libyan ports overnight, destroying eight of Moammar Gadhafi's warships, an alliance spokesman said Friday.


NATO targeted the ships in Tripoli, Al-Khums and Sirte after it was apparent that Gadhafi's forces were increasingly using naval vessels to launch attacks on civilians, said Mike Bracken, NATO's military spokesman. He said Gadhafi was indiscriminately mining waters in Misrata and hampering the flow of humanitarian aid.


"He was using maritime forces to lay mines. These were legal targets," Bracken said at a briefing in Brussels, Belgium.


Bracken did not say whether crew members were aboard when the ships were hit.


Bracken said the NATO campaign was progressing and that Gadhafi's combat power had been severely curtailed.






he has totally dug in.

i saw a crater blasted by a bomb, it was obvious there was a bunker down there, just a few feet away they'd installed a children's playground, complete with a merry-go-round.

twisted shit.

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hmm, hopefully not.

afghanistan, aka The Graveyard of Empires has geographic strategic importance and i don't think Libya could eve gain that kind of historical significance.


however with somalia, yes there could be an unfortunate parallel.. a country divided, progressive and peaceful in one area, dangerous and backward in another.. hotbed of extremism, total lack of true legitimate governing authority.. wartorn. it's a valid comparison i think but still too early too call.


africa is in a sad state.

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Pretty serious chance her's dead.


I'm seeing lots of footage that looks very much like him. I wouldn't be overly confident though as it's a combat zone and body doubles are harder to pick in the heat of the moment.


That pic above is strange, though. Shirt is the wrong colour and too clean.

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gadafi's libya had the highest standard of living in all of africa. libya had better welfare than britain, ireland, canada, australia, and new zealand. ever since the u.s regime and nato invaded them, their lives have been turned upside down, and now they live in chaos and misery.

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You realised that the people of Benghazi were about to be wiped out before NATO launched their campaign, right?


If the country had such a great standard of living, why did the people try and overthrow the govt in Tripoli?


I'm assuming that was America, illuminati and the Pope as well, yeah?

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I don't think people commit countries to war over a few million, especially when they already have a few before hand.


However, no doubt that there are many more considerations to the NATO op than just saving the poor Benghazans, I'm not naive enough to believe otherwise. National interest and regime survival is the driver of 99% of state behaviour, but I do believe that personality plays a smaller part of the picture than most people believe.


Just like I believe that Nasser up there is choosing to ignore all the ugliness, corruption, political imprisonment, torture, executions, kidnapping and other ugliness that occurred in Libya under Ghadaffi (not to mention the terrorism that he was responsible for during the Cold War period - that's even disregarding the Lockerbie case, if you wish to).

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