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August 1, 2012


Origins: Colonel Qaddafi’s Napalm Stocks.

The East takes most of the blame for arming Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s Libya. By volume, this is as it should be.

But the West was deeply involved, too. A post today on the At War blog examines some of the history of the American role in arming and training — essentially creating — the military that gave rise to the Brother Leader and the coup he led in 1969.

That post touched upon something the photographs above hint at, too. The short of it? Look at the photographs. They show that Spain provided Qaddafi’s Libya with more than mortar-delivered cluster munitions. It helped him with his burning jellies, too.


Packaging for the igniters, and the igniters themselves. Spanish-made EMBI impact fuzes for free-fall BIN napalm bombs. By the author. Libya. 2011.

For fans of napalm and analysis of dictatorships after the fact.

18:41 // 2 years ago
February 12, 2012
They told us that they planned to shift control of a few prisons this week, but it has not happened. … The government has to take over the prisons one by one by negotiating with the people who run it. It is not uniformly or automatically done.
A United Nations official, based in Tripoli • Discussing the situation with Libyan prisons, where conditions in the post-Gaddafi era have gotten quite bad, as rebel-sympathizing prison runners are using the prisons to exact revenge on people who supported the former Libyan leader during the revolution. Prison owners have tried to tell a different story, but some humanitarian groups have stopped helping Libyan prisons due to torture allegations. The United Nations has complained about the problem for months, noting that the government should be in control of the prisons to ensure fair treatment, not former rebels. Roughly 8,500 detainees, many sub-Saharan Africans suspected of fighting for Gaddafi, are being held in detention centers nationwide. source (viafollow)
10:45 // 2 years ago
October 24, 2011
Let us question who has the interest in the fact that Gaddafi will not be tried. Those who wanted him killed were those who were loyal to him or had played a role under him. His death was in their benefit.
Mustafa Abdel-Jalil • Speaking on the NTC’s new committee to investigate the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, after what glimpses of video have made clear was an initial live capture of the deposed dictator. The tact of this quote is a little bothersome, though, for the simple reason that Abdel-Jalil is already implying that Gaddafi’s people, not his people, are to blame for this. At best this is an opinion for which there’s yet no evidence, or none the NTC has presented — we’d feel a bit better about this if, with today’s formation of a Libyan committee to investigate the killing, the NTC leader wasn’t promoting any pre-conceived notions of may have happened. Hopefully the committee will be impartial, and pursue an independent analysis of what took place, even if it doesn’t end up reflecting well on the rebels who surrounded Gaddafi in his final moments. It’s an early test. source (viafollow)
14:45 // 2 years ago
October 21, 2011

Gaddafi’s body being held in shopping center freezer: Today in ways to go out that aren’t exactly graceful.

10:27 // 3 years ago
October 20, 2011

NTC says Libyan forces, not NATO, killed Gaddafi

Libyan NTC claims credit for Gaddafi killing: It’s been a rather wild day as far as world news is concerned, which you’d probably expect when a notorious dictator of forty years is slain; in the aftermath, Libya’s National Transitional Council has said that Gaddafi’s capture and subsequent death (what happened exactly is yet unknown, as video has surfaced of Gaddafi once being alive under rebel custody, albeit in chaotic circumstances) was the work of Libyans, contrary to speculation NATO may have had a hand in it. Said spokesman Ahmed Bani: “It was our courageous revolutionaries who have killed the tyrant and not NATO.” source

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15:25 // 3 years ago
Reuters seems to be going all-in on the confirmation thing, based on the definitive language of this article. ABC News confirmed earlier, and the NYT confirms it via the Libyan government.

Reuters seems to be going all-in on the confirmation thing, based on the definitive language of this article. ABC News confirmed earlier, and the NYT confirms it via the Libyan government.

8:56 // 3 years ago
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September 1, 2011
10:13 // 3 years ago
August 31, 2011

Libyan transition deputy chairman says Gaddafi is in Bani Walid

Libyan rebels believe Gaddafi is cornered: The New York Times is reporting that the Libyan rebels believe Muammar Gaddafi has been pinned down in Bani Walid, a desert town that sits about 150 miles from Tripoli. Said Abdul Hafith Ghoga, the deputy chairman of Libya’s transition council: “Since today we have learned that he is staying in Bani Walid, we are waiting to give him a chance to surrender.” It’s worth remembering that yesterday, Libyan council leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil gave Gaddafi loyalists a four-day surrender deadline. source

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15:26 // 3 years ago
August 26, 2011


It’s really interesting and hilarious to watch what is being discovered in Gaddhafi’s compound, from his photo album of Condi to his yacht magazines and his kinky DVDs and his daughter’s gold mermaid couch. Most of seems confirmation that he was completely eccentric and self-obsessed and that his children lead horribly spoiled lives while he made the Libyan people suffer. New documents discovered also showcase his political paranoia, and confirm that he was not so sure of his forces as he may have claimed.

The Guardian reports that the search of the Bab Al-Azizia compound revealed a major lobbying effort by Gaddhafi to end Operation Unified Protector. Documents show that the Libyan government was desperate and terrified that NATO forces were going to launch a full-scale ground offensive. They approached a number of people in lobbying efforts, including trying to get Rep. Dennis Kucinich to come to Libya. The Libyan Prime Minister contacted Kucinich, offering to pay his expenses to come and negotiate with them.

Kucinich told the Guardian:

He had taken note of the fact I was making an effort to put forward a peace proposal. I had several requests to go to Libya. I made it clear I could not negotiate on behalf of the administration. I said I was speaking as a member of Congress involved in the issue and willing to listen to what they had to say. But given that Libya was under attack, it did not seem a promising place to hold meetings.

It would seem, that despite the classic dictator bravado that Gaddhafi has shown in all his speeches and appearances since this war began, that he was not, indeed, totally confident in the abilities of his forces to withstand NTC and NATO assaults.

Above: Posing on Aisha’s gold mermaid couch (Sergey Ponamarev/AP); fighter wearing one of Gaddhafi’s hats (Sean Smith/Guardian); a looted golden gun (Sean Smith/Guardian); pretending to ride Gaddhafi’s jetski (Alfred de Montesquiou/AP); Saadi Gaddhafi’s living room (Keystone/Rex Features).

Nice piece, Torie. 

(via justinreadsthenews)

12:06 // 3 years ago