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Italy’s interior minister Marco Minniti has accused other European states of “looking the other way” following Italian threats to block vessels from other countries holding migrants docking at its ports.

Minniti said Italy is under enormous pressure from the wave of migrants arriving on its shores and needed greater help. Tonight, the French, Italian and German interior minsters met for dinner in Paris to discuss a “coordinated approach” to help Italy deal the crisis.

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Little has been revealed about their meetings. However, Italian Prime Minister Paulo Gentiloni has warned that the ever-growing numbers migrants arriving in Italy were testing its receptions systems, a sentiment reiterated by the President Sergio Mattarella.

In the last week alone, roughly 12,000 migrants arrived in Italy. This has clearly boosted Italy’s frustrations. This year the UN estimates over 2,000 people have died or gone missing trying to cross of the Mediterranean.

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Yesterday, 650 migrants were rescued and brought to the Sicilian port of Catania.

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France, Tunisia Attempt To Thwart Fuel And Gas Crisis Committee’s Anti-smuggling Operations

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Reports have revealed that France and Tunisia are attempting to get in the way of the anti-smuggling efforts of the Libyan fuel and gas crisis committee in fighting the growing phenomenon of fuel and goods smuggling from Libya to neighboring countries via land border crossings and to other countries via the open sea.

A Source told Libyan local news operator, Press Solidarity, that Tunisia and France are two countries, among others, which are trying to thwart the committee’s work.

“This new revelation shows how deeply-rooted the issue of smuggling is as it raises tons of questions regarding the connection between such countries and the illicit process of smuggling Libya’s resources by a number of gangs.” The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the local news operator.

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The anti-smuggling campaign of the fuel and gas crisis committee, which is part of Brega Oil and Gas Company, has traveled beyond Libya’s borders as it managed to topple over some Tunisian officials such as the Governor of Tataouine city in southern Tunisia and other security officials, who could not persuade the Libyan committee to stop the crackdown on smuggling.

Since the start of the fuel and gas crisis committee’s campaign in early March, many smuggling attempts have been thwarted with huge quantities of goods and fuel being retrieved for the Libyan government.

Around April 06, the fuel and gas crisis committee announced that it had been joined by Libyan land and naval forces as well as the Libyan air force in an operation named The Mediterranean Storm, aiming to fight smuggling everywhere across the country.

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The committee pursued its work despite death threats received by its personnel and despite the outrage by Tunisian nationals who blocked the land border crossings in protest of the anti-smuggling operation.

Tunisia’s oil sector is very weak with the prices of fuel soaring to new heights every day making it hardly affordable for the citizens, who instead have always fell back upon Libyan fuel as it is cheaper and could be smuggled easily under no control from neither the Tunisian nor the Libyan authorities.

With the roaring success that the fuel and gas crisis committee had achieved thus far – from arresting smugglers to targeting smuggling vehicles on land and vessels in the waters – the Presidential Council of the UN-proposed government hosted the Chief of the committee, Milad Al-Hajrasi, last week and offered to provide the committee with the needed support so that it could be even more broadly successful.

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“The fuel and gas crisis committee will go on with its anti-smuggling operation in cooperation with the Libyan forces and with the support of the Libyan citizens to save their natural resources and fortunes despite all local and international attempts to hamper its efforts.” The source quoted the officials of the committee as saying.

Via Libya Observer!

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Six Libyan Eastern Fighters Killed In Clashes In Benghazi

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Fighting between the self-styled Libyan National Army and rival armed groups in Benghazi killed six troops and wounded eight as the LNA advanced into the last pockets of resistance in eastern Libya’s largest city, a commander said on Saturday.

The LNA, led by Khalifa Haftar, also carried out air strikes on armed groups in the city of Derna, further east, who fired back with anti-aircraft cannon, witnesses told Reuters.

Haftar’s eastern forces are engaged in a multi-sided conflict between factions that fought together to oust veteran Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but are now battling each other.

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A U.N.-backed government in Tripoli is trying to bring stability to the North African OPEC member, but it is struggling to impose its authority. Haftar has so far rejected the Tripoli government as his forces advance in eastern Libya.

Two weeks ago, Haftar declared Benghazi’s “liberation” in a televised speech after three years of fighting. But street battles continue as his LNA troops face resistance from the Majlis Shura Thuwar Benghazi, an alliance of ex-rebels and Islamists.

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“Special forces carried out an attack on Friday on the last resistance pockets of terrorism in Khraibeesh area and successfully the forces advanced and controlled several points,” an LNA commander, Mari El-Houti, said of the Benghazi operation.

El-Houti said the advance was impeded by a large number of mines in the area. He said 30 mines were dismantled on Friday.

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Haftar, a former Gaddafi ally who turned against him, has gained ground with support from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Derna, some 380 km (235 miles) east of Benghazi, is still under the control of an alliance of Islamists and former rebels called the Derna Mujahideen Shura Council.

(Source: Reuters)

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Libya – Report Says Numerous ISIS Dead Bodies Piling Up In Libyan Morgue

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Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government fire weapons during a battle with ISIS fighters in Sirte, Libya, July 21, 2016. (Reuters)

Hundreds of corpses of Islamic State fighters remain stored in freezers in Libya, as that nation’s government negotiates the return of the bodies to the fighters’ home countries, a report said.

Most of the dead, shipped to a morgue in Misrata, Libya, were killed in December when Libyan forces defeated ISIS in a battle at Sirte, on Libya’s Mediterranean coast, Reuters reported.

In many cases, the fighters’ home countries – including Egypt and Sudan – have been reluctant to accept the remains because their arrival would help reveal how many of their citizens left to fight as ISIS jihadists, according to Reuters.

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Officials in Tunisia have estimated that more than 3,000 of its citizens have left to join jihadists fighters in Iraq, Syria and Libya, the report said.

In the interim, Libyan authorities have documented and photographed the bodies and collected DNA samples, a Misrata law enforcement official told Reuters.

The Islamic State had captured Sirte in 2015, and held it until Libyan forces invaded in December.

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Last week, Fox News reported that despite heavy losses for ISIS on the battlefield in recent months, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the terror organization’s leader, has eluded capture.

U.S. Army Gen. Raymond A. “Tony” Thomas, commander of U.S. special operations, said U.S. forces recently were close to capturing Baghdadi, but a leak to the media allowed the ISIS leader to slip away.

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“The challenge we have [is] in terms of where and how our tactics and procedures are discussed openly,” Thomas said. “There’s a great need to inform the American public about what we’re up to. There’s also great need to recognize things that will absolutely undercut our ability to do our job.”

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See How Lively Nigerian Girls Are Deceived And Sold Into Sex Slavery In Libya

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New revelations have been made about how lively Nigerian girls are sold off into sex slavery in far away Libya. Delta State-born Gift Peters was filled with high hopes for a better future as she embarked on what she believed would be a life-changing journey to Libya about 11 months ago. With grit and determination, she made a tortuous and life-threatening trip through the desert to get to Libya.

Unfortunately, contrary to her expectations of a life of luxury that she was promised by the facilitator of the trip, Gift was sold into slavery soon after she arrived in Libya, marking the beginning of an almost one year of excruciating pains and regrets.

Delta State-born Gift Peters was filled with high hopes for a better future as she embarked on what she believed would be a life-changing journey to Libya about 11 month
s ago.

Gift was one of the 171 Nigerians that were deported from Libya last week. One after another, as they disembarked from the bus that brought them from the tarmac to the Hajj Camp reception point in Lagos, most had difficulties coming down and had to be helped.

For Gift and indeed most of the deportees, their return to the country signaled the death of dreams. They returned with harrowing tales of woe and deprivation. Many of them returned with both mental and physical scars to show for their sojourn in the land, presently embroiled in a civil war.

They sold me for 3,500 Dirhams and I was supposed to pay twice the amount to free myself. There was what was called ‘news news’ there. What that means is that if you were bought, let us say for N700, 000, you pay twice that amount to get your freedom…If you were sold for N1million, you will pay twice the amount. No matter how many years it would take you to pay, you will pay it with your body”

Gift left the shores of Nigeria under the illusion that she was going to Europe. However, things changed when she got to Libya. Once in the country, Gift was taken to a Nigerian lady who owns a brothel, code named, ‘Connection House’. She stood and watched while her link person and the brothel owner haggled over the amount to pay for her. And after both parties had reached an agreement over how much she was worth, Gift was transferred to her new owner, who was determined to make profit on her investment.

Her experience for the next 11 months was indescribable until she was saved by fate.

“I am from Kokori in Delta State. I am a single mother and I have two kids who are in Benin. My aim was to take care of them. In the schools, including government-owned, you still have to pay school fees. That was why I decided to make the move in order to give them a better life. I didn’t go to school, but I wanted them to go to school. That was why I decided to travel. When I left, it was not what they told me that I met.”

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Some trafficked girls… hiding their faces out of shame

With tears streaming down her cheeks, she continued: “They told me I was going to Europe, and that when I get to Europe, there will be different kinds of things I could do to make money, apart from prostitution. And I agreed to go.”

After she was sold, Gift and other slaves were kept inside in a confinement which was always under locks and keys. Explaining how the human trafficking trade works in Libya, she said: “They sold me for 3,500 Dirhams and I was supposed to pay twice the amount to free myself. There was what was called ‘news news’ there. What that means is that if you were bought, let us say for N700, 000, you pay twice that amount to get your freedom.

“If you were sold for N1million, you will pay twice the amount. No matter how many years it would take you to pay, you will pay it with your body. They don’t care, and you do this through Deruru, that is forced prostitution. I found myself in a situation that I could not continue with. Then, I begged my relations and friends.

“My mother managed and sent N150,000. My friend sent another N100,000, making it N250,000. After that, the person still refused to free me. She said I was still going to pay more. That is how they do it over there. Unfortunately, it is our fellow Nigerians that were doing all this. If it were Ghanaians, Cameroonians or Senegalese, they won’t treat a person so badly.

“Funny enough, if you come into the ‘Connection House’, that is the place where girls that are bought are kept, you won’t be allowed to go out again. Men come there to sleep with the girls. The owners of the girls believe if a girl is allowed to leave the ‘Connection House’, that girl would run away. And, except if you are lucky to have a customer that really likes you and decides to allow you to use his phone, you may just be there for life because your owner will not leave you until you finish paying the money.”

According to her, there is a thriving market for young women that could be bought and forced into prostitution in Libya. “This is how they operate: your link person in Nigeria would look for a girl for you.  They will deceive the girl, tell her stories that would make you eager to want to go, especially when you see your family finding it difficult to eat three times a day.  To convince you, they would tell you that you have an opportunity of a better life for yourself and your family.

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“The contact person in Nigeria here would control you until you get to Libya. Some would follow you, while some would send what they call Buga. There is what we call Buga and ‘connection man’. The connection man would follow you inside the Hilux through the desert. The Buga is the person you are sold to. Any money you make, you would give it to the Buga.  In my own case, my Buga was a woman, while my ‘connection man’ was the man that took me to Libya. So, this person in Nigeria was the one that conscripted me for his brother, the ‘connection man’.  It was the brother that enquired whether I wanted to travel.”

On arrival of a new girl in Libya, words would quickly go round about her presence and she would be traded. “If you want to sell a girl you brought from Nigeria, you will first go to a ‘Connection House’. Before then, rumours would go round of the arrival of a new girl from Nigeria. The new girl would be taken to the woman who would examine her and negotiate the price she was ready to pay. It is just like when someone wants to sell something and then takes the ware to the market, anybody could come and buy. The person that sold me, I was told when my friend reported him at the police station, he said if I wanted to die there, that I should die.  That is why I want the government to fight for me. The man’s name is Hakeem, he is a Benin man.”

Asked how she coped in the 11 months she was in Libya, Gift looked up and said: “It was hell.  For 11 months I stayed in Libya, I did not see the sun.” But for fate, Gift Peters would have suffered in silence until whatever number of years it would take her to pay twice the amount her boss paid for her.

“Our Connection House was raided by armed militia. Some people lost their lives through bomb blast. Anytime the militia came to the place and tried to break in and they were unable, they would throw bomb inside. Some of us were rescued, some were taken to prison, while others were brought back to Nigeria. In my connection room, we were about 21 persons. When my Connection House was raided, no one died, but in the one beside our own, they killed all the men.”

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For 20-year-old Deborah, a native of Ore town in Ondo State, it was also a tale of sorrow and tears. She survived the desert to get to Libya, only to be sold as slave to a Libyan family as a house help. She came back with nothing, except a small bag, bitter tales and a broken hand. She said the husband of the woman that she worked for beat her up and twisted her hands until it got dislocated.  She came back with her right hand in a POP and hung on a sling. Asked if she would wish to go back there, her answer was a vehement no.

Oluwadamilare Akpatha is probably one of the luckiest among the latest returnees from Libya. He came back on crutches and in addition, he had five bullet marks on his body as ‘souvenir’ for the hell he went through.

“I decided on my own to come back because there is no government in Libya right now. The whole citizens move about with guns. There are gunshots everywhere all the time. I became a victim of gun violence in Libya. That was why I decided to come back to my country. I have been in Libya for the last five to six years. Like I said before, every Libyan citizen now goes about with a gun. And, whether you are right or wrong, they don’t really care. I was coming back from where I was working on a particular day…I am a painter and also into interior décor. I was coming back from my place of work on a particular Friday when it happened. You know Fridays are normally work free days, so blacks have the opportunity to return from their places of work and rest.

“We were two in number, my partner and I, but the next thing we heard was, ‘stop’! We turned and saw some militia men; the next thing was gun shots. I felt cold. I did not know I was shot until I was hit by another bullet. I was hit by five bullets, you can see the marks. I will not say Libya is not good, because it is good if you are a craftsman and you can hustle. But for now, I cannot encourage anybody to go by land to Libya, because there is no government and it is lawless.”

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Libya – Gunmen Storm Tripoli’s Martyrs Square, Disperse Pro – Khalifa Hafta Anti Militia Protesters

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Gunmen stormed Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square on Friday and dispersed by force a protest that was supposed to call for an end to militias in the capital and demand activation of police and army institutions.
The protesters marched peacefully demanding all illegitimate armed brigades to leave Tripoli following three days of fighting and tension in some neighborhoods.
Later, supporters of Khalifa Haftar sneaked into the protest and changed its course. They started glorifying him and his self-styled army and chanting racist slogans against the city Misrata. Shortly, the gunmen stormed the square and started firing automatic weapons into the air to disperse the protest.
No casualties were reported.
“I went to Martyrs’ Square today to call for end of militias, but some people changed the goal of the protest into another one which is Haftar support, we don’t want Haftar and we don’t want militias,” one of the protesters told The Libya Observer.
Khalifa Haftar is a controversial figure in Libya who seeks to rule the country through his self-styled army. While he controls most of the eastern region, the western and southern regions remained out of his reach.
Reacting to the protest, Nawasi Brigade said Dignity Operation and the military rule are totally rejected.
“Dignity Operation has destroyed Benghazi and the social fabric of the city,” the brigade, which is loyal to UN-proposed Presidency Council, indicated, adding “No to another dictator in Libya.”
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Anger, Panic And Counter-Attacks As Benghazi Defence Fighters Attacks Sidra And Ras Lanuf

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There have been reports of confusion and panic among LNA commanders when Benghazi Defence Brigades fighters attacked Sidra and Ras Lanuf on Friday. There is also likely to have been considerable anger among LNA top brass that an assault, so long anticipated, should have succeeded with such apparent ease.

It is now clear that the LNA counterattack on Ras Lanuf was not the complete success originally claimed. Indeed one source insisted today that the troops had been pulled back from the town purely so that a series of helicopter and fixed wing airstrikes could go in.

This evening, LNA spokesman Colonel Ahmed Mismari said that BDB militia had been joined by fighters from Misrata. It is understood that militiamen from Sabratha have also arrived at the front.

Battlefield reports have been confused. At one point today the LNA was claiming to have retaken Ras Lanuf airfield which is to the immediate west of the town.

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But later there were reports that soldiers had withdrawn towards Al-Uqaylah and even another 50 kilometres further east to the Brega export terminal. Jamal Zubia, foreign media department chief of Khalifa Ghwell’s resurrected National Salvation Government, claimed tonight that the LNA was withdrawing toward Ajdabiya.

The LNA has been uncharacteristically quiet about battlefield casualties which suggests the degree of confusion its units have experienced. It is known that four LNA soldiers have been killed at Ras Lanuf, all members of the Magharba tribe.

The BDB is boasting of seizure of artillery and vehicles. When it overran Ras Lanuf airport, it appears to have captured a Mi-17 helicopter gunship

Despite the fighting, a senior source at the National Oil Corporation (NOC) has said that yesterday an unnamed tanker completed loading 400,000 barrels of crude at Ras Lanuf and then sailed out. The same source said that the BDB and its allies were in complete control of all of Ras Lanuf and Sidra. The NOC have withdrawn their staff from the terminal and also from Sidra.

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The reverses of the last 48 hours have clearly dented Hafter’s military reputation. Until now, his reduction of Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council and their Al-Qaeda and Ansar Al-Sharia terrorist allies in Benghazi has been painfully slow and costly. Six more soldiers died yesterday in the siege of the 12 Apartments complex in Ganfouda in which the terrorists are supposedly cut off from all food and ammunition resupply.

But last June at Ajdabiya, he defeated the first BDB attack toward Benghazi. Then his rapid and almost bloodless September seizure of the eastern oil terminals won him widespread admiration. It was though, the result of a deal with the men on site protecting the terminals, not of a military victory.

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The operation saw off the Petroleum Facilities Guard of Ibrahim Jadhran which had occupied and kept the terminals largely shut down since 2014. NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said that Libya had lost $1 billion in oil sale because of Jadhran.

Once the LNA had taken over the Sidra, Ras Lanuf, Brega and Zuetina export terminals it handed them back to NOC in Tripoli to run.

Today an LNA convoy reportedly came under fire as it moved through Ajdabiya, Jadhran’s home town. Three people were arrested and said to be Jadhran supporters.

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230 migrants rescued off Libyan Coast While Many Others Drown Trying To Get To Europe

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Various NGOs report that they continued in the early hours of the first day of 2017 to rescue migrants from the Mediterranean Sea setting off from Libya. The Maltese-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) rescue ship, the Aquarius, carried out its first search and rescue operation just outside Libyan territorial waters in the early hours of the first of January 2017 saving 114 people. The horror continues’’ reported MSF. They included men women and children spotted in a solitary rubber boat out at sea in total darkness at around 4 am. The various NGOs conducting the rescue operation, including MOAS, MSF and SOS Mediterranee, say nobody was reported missing by those on board. Another rubber boat with 120 men on board was also rescued by the Aquarius in windy conditions and high waves. MSF reported that 230 were successfully rescued in 24 hours between the first and second of January. These latest rescue numbers come on the back of International Organization for Migration (IOM) figures of 358,403 migrants arriving by sea into Europe with 4,913 deaths in the Mediterranean Sea, 4,410 of which were deaths off Libyan waters.

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Hillary Clinton and the Brutal Murder of Gaddafi

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On October 20, 2011, Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi was brutally murdered by a mob of NATO-backed ‘rebels’, after first being beaten and violated in the most barbaric fashion. History leaves no doubt that not only was the Libyan leader murdered on this day but Libya itself.

The regime-change crew who dominate Western governments have a long indictment sheet against their names. Since 9/11 they have wrought havoc and human misery on a grand scale in their determination to reshape and own a world that has never been theirs to own. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya – Syria currently embroiled in a pitiless conflict for its survival as a secular, non-sectarian state – this is the miserable legacy of nations which speak the language of democracy while practising the politics of domination.

Of the aforementioned victims of Western imperialism, there is a strong argument to be made that Libya’s destruction constitutes an especially grievous crime. After all, in 2010, the year before it experienced its ‘revolution’, the United Nations Development Programme considered Libya a high development country in the Middle East and North Africa. In concrete terms this status translated to a literacy rate of 88.4%, a life expectancy of 74.5 years, gender equality, and various other positive indicators. In addition, Libya enjoyed 4.2% economic growth in 2010 and could boast of foreign assets in excess of $150 billion.

Compare this record to Libya in 2016. According to testimony provided by US Army General David Rodriguez to the US Senate Armed Services Committee in March, it is a failed state, with the general estimating it would take ‘“10 years or so” to achieve long-term stability in what is a “fractured society”’.

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There is currently no single government or authority in Libya whose writ runs in the entire country. Instead three competing authorities control their own fiefdoms. The internationally recognized government is the Government of National Accord (GNC), led by Fayez al-Sarraj, is based in the capital, Tripoli. There is also the Government of National Salvation, led by Khalifa Ghwell, which is also based in Tripoli. The third centre of power, meanwhile, is located in Tobruk in the east of the country. It is headed by an anti-Islamist general, Khalifa Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army (LNA). Economically, oil revenues, responsible for 90% of revenue under Gaddafi, have halved, violence is widespread, and since 2011 Daesh has managed to gain a foothold, though in recent months the terrorist organization has come under huge pressure in its stronghold of Sirte from forces representing the GNC.

The impact of the chaos that has engulfed the country since Gaddafi was overthrown and murdered can be measured by the flood of Libyans who have attempted the perilous journey across the Mediterranean with the objective of reaching Europe. In the process untold thousands have perished.

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UN Security Council Resolution 1973, passed in March 2011, marked the end of the Arab Spring and the beginning of the Arab Winter. The mass and popular demonstrations that succeeded in toppling Tunisian dictator Ben Ali and is Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak were not replicated in Libya. Instead, in Benghazi, where the anti-Gaddafi movement was centred, Islamists predominated. There was no nationwide mass movement in Libya, such as those that swept across Tunisia and Egypt, and no popular support for toppling a government and leader who presided over a society that enjoyed the highest standard of living of any in Africa.

Loyalist Gaddafi forces were defeated by NATO not the opposition forces emanating from Benghazi. Indeed it was at the point at which the country’s armed forces were approaching Benghazi, preparatory to crushing the uprising, when NATO intervened – based on the lie of protecting civilians when in truth it was intent on regime change.

Gaddafi’s crime in the eyes of the West was not that he was an authoritarian dictator – how could it be when their closet ally in the region is Saudi Arabia? His crime in their eyes, it was revealed in a tranche of classified Clinton emails, released by Wikileaks in January of this year, was his intention of establishing a gold-backed currency to compete with the euro and the dollar as an international reserve currency in Africa. In this regard the then French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and then US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, were key actors in pushing for NATO intervention. Libyan oil was also a factor.

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The classified emails prove beyond any doubt that what took place in Libya was a monstrous crime for which those responsible have yet to be held accountable. On the contrary, Sarkozy is currently in the process of preparing a political return as French president, while Hillary Clinton is favorite to win the race for the White House against Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Of the two, it is Clinton who was filmed clapping her hands and laughing at the news of Muammar Gaddafi’s murder in 2011. It is Clinton who pressed for the military intervention that ended in Libya’s destruction. And it is Hillary Clinton who has the gall to present herself as a moral giant in comparison to her rival for the US presidency.

The Libyan people may well disagree.

John Wight is the author of a politically incorrect and irreverent Hollywood memoir – Dreams That Die – published by Zero Books. He’s also written five novels, which are available as Kindle eBooks. You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnWight1

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Libya freed 13 foreigners from Syria by government forces

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An Egyptian, a Turk and Eritrean eleven were released Saturday by the forces of the Libyan government of national unity (GNA) during their offensive to retake Sirte Islamic State group (EI), said these forces.
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Eleven women were probably imprisoned jihadists, have they said in a statement.

Pro-GNA forces also managed to capture a “zone after three days of fighting with Daech pockets of resistance (in Arabic acronym of AEs) that were besieged it,” have they added, stressing that “search operations are underway.”

The reconquest of Sirte operation, bastion of EI in Libya, progresses in fits and starts since its launch on 12 May loyalist forces regularly conducting offensives news interspersed with quiet periods.

Pro-GNA forces formed especially by armed groups from Misrata (west), have regained most of Sirte, a city located 450 km east of Tripoli, at the price of fighting that over 550 dead and some 3,000 wounded in their ranks.

Saturday again six loyalist fighters were killed in clashes with jihadists in Sirte, said on his Facebook page the hospital in Misrata.

The death toll in the ranks of the fighters EI is not known.

Libya is a transit point for hundreds of thousands of migrants, particularly from Africa, seeking to reach Europe. Libyan coasts within 300 kilometers from Italy.

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