informazione dal medio oriente
    information from middle east
    المعلومات من الشرق الأوسط

[ home page] | [ tutte le notizie/all news ] | [ download banner] | [ ultimo aggiornamento/last update 28/08/2019 00:45 ] 77643

english italiano

  [ Subscribe our newsletter!   -   Iscriviti alla nostra newsletter! ]  


Uruknet on Alexa

End Gaza Siege
End Gaza Siege


:: Segnala Uruknet agli amici. Clicka qui.
:: Invite your friends to Uruknet. Click here.

:: Segnalaci un articolo
:: Tell us of an article

Death squads reportedly assassinating Libyan regime figures in Benghazi

By Patrick O’Connor

WSWS, May 12, 2011

The New York Times yesterday reported on a wave of execution-style murders of former Libyan government internal security personnel in Benghazi. The killings, the Times noted, "have raised the specter of a death squad stalking former Gadhafi officials in Benghazi, the opposition stronghold."

The bodies of two men, Nasser al-Sirmany and Hussein Ghaith, were found within days of each other, in farmland on the outskirts of Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city and the centre of the so-called rebel leadership. Sirmany was discovered with his hands and feet bound. He had been shot twice in the head, after reportedly disappearing earlier in the day, after visiting a market. Ghaith was kidnapped from his home by masked and armed men during the night, and was later found dead with a single bullet to the forehead. Both men had reportedly worked as interrogators for Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal internal security agencies.

At least four similar attacks are now under investigation by authorities in Benghazi, while it is unclear how many more killings have gone unreported. The so-called Transitional National Council (TNC) has denied that its security forces are responsible—though the New York Times acknowledged that "rebel authorities have spent weeks trying to round up people suspected of being Gadhafi loyalists."

This campaign points to the TNC’s responsibility for the death squads now active in Benghazi. The international media has been notably silent on how many people have been "rounded up" in eastern Libya, and how those accused of not supporting the "rebel" leadership are being treated in detention.

According to the Times, prosecutors in Benghazi investigating the death squad killings "are exploring the possible involvement of Islamists who were imprisoned by the Gadhafi government and are now settling old scores."

The report did not explain what Islamist forces are suspected of responsibility. Various fundamentalist groups are affiliated with the TNC, working alongside ex-Gaddafi regime members, expatriate businessmen, and American intelligence assets. Islamist fighters, including some previously detained in Guantanamo Bay, are active in the ranks of the TNC’s so-called security forces. Contrary to the picture provided by the New York Times, if Islamist gunmen have formed an assassination team in Benghazi, this makes the involvement of TNC forces more, not less, likely.

The situation again exposes the bogus "humanitarian" pretext of the US-NATO bombardment of Libya. Washington and its allies in Europe raised the spectre of the Gaddafi regime unleashing mass killings in Benghazi in order to justify their military intervention into the oil-rich state. The real aim of the war is to oust Gaddafi, install a client administration in Tripoli, and use Libya as a base of operations against the revolutionary movements in neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia that threaten to undermine the imperialist powers’ economic interests and strategic position in North Africa and the Middle East.

Reports of death squad operations in Benghazi have emerged as even closer relations are being forged between the TNC and the Obama administration and European powers. TNC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil has spent the last two days in Europe and the US, campaigning for more money and military support.

Today he is meeting with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague, and finance minister George Osborne. Yesterday, Jalil and Ali Tarhouni—the TNC’s "finance minister" who has lived in the US since the 1970s—were in Washington for discussions with numerous Obama administration officials. These included national security adviser Tom Donilon, and officials with the Treasury and State Departments.

Jalil and Tarhouni also met with Senator John Kerry and other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry afterwards indicated that he would sponsor legislation facilitating the potential transfer of billions of dollars in frozen Libyan assets to the so-called rebels. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on May 5, at the second "Contact Group" summit in Italy, that "some portion" of the more than $30 billion in frozen Libyan assets would be funneled to the TNC.

Kerry’s legislation is aimed at providing this brazenly unlawful theft of a country’s sovereign wealth with a pseudo-legal cover.

Negotiations between the TNC and the Obama administration for the release of this money underscore the venal and bought-and-paid-for character of the so-called rebel leadership. The Wall Street Journal reported that one proposal "championed" by the TNC "would establish an international trust fund to oversee the disbursement of funds … under the plan, the fund would be administered by the international community, and funds disbursed would ultimately be paid back by the council."

Such a multi-billion dollar mortgage deal will no doubt include secret terms, including guaranteeing Libya’s oil for the major Western oil companies.

NATO forces have stepped up their bombing campaign in recent days. On Tuesday, a series of airstrikes hit four cities, including the capital Tripoli and Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte. The Washington Post noted that "the new assault appeared to reflect increased cooperation between NATO and the rebel army", with "improved targeting of dug-in loyalist forces, made possible in part by the presence of US Predator drone aircraft."

NATO claimed that the heavy bombardment was aimed at "control and command" centres. Previous attacks on these so-called centres have in fact been assassination attempts against Gaddafi. One strike on April 30 killed the ruler’s youngest son and three of his grandchildren. The Libyan dictator yesterday made his first televised appearance since this incident—apparently recorded in a Tripoli hotel housing international journalists, in order to deter another strike.

Chief operations officer of NATO’s Libya mission, Brigadier General Claudio Gabellini, absurdly told a press conference Tuesday that "we’re not really interested in what he [Gaddafi] is doing". Yesterday, however, it appears that Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa let slip the real agenda—Al Jazeera cited him as saying that "Gaddafi is a legitimate target if he is inside a military installation."

Anti-Gaddafi forces in Misrata have claimed control of the contested city’s airport, which if true would mark a significant advance. Some reports from the area described ongoing fighting, however, and government spokesmen have denied losing the airport. Fighting is also resuming outside of the important oil port city of Brega, held by Gaddafi forces since early April. In a clear sign of the growing integration of the TNC’s militia with the NATO command, Al Jazeera reported: "Rather than attempt to take the town during their assault on Tuesday, rebel forces reportedly withdrew to allow NATO planes to strike any government vehicles that participated in a counterattack."

:: Article nr. 77643 sent on 12-may-2011 18:49 ECT


:: The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website.

The section for the comments of our readers has been closed, because of many out-of-topics.
Now you can post your own comments into our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/uruknet

Warning: include(./share/share2.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/25/8427425/html/vhosts/uruknet/colonna-centrale-pagina-ansi.php on line 385

Warning: include(): Failed opening './share/share2.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5_6/lib/php') in /home/content/25/8427425/html/vhosts/uruknet/colonna-centrale-pagina-ansi.php on line 385

[ Printable version ] | [ Send it to a friend ]

[ Contatto/Contact ] | [ Home Page ] | [Tutte le notizie/All news ]

Uruknet on Twitter

:: RSS updated to 2.0

:: English
:: Italiano

:: Uruknet for your mobile phone:

Uruknet on Facebook

:: Motore di ricerca / Search Engine

the web

:: Immagini / Pictures


The newsletter archive

L'Impero si è fermato a Bahgdad, by Valeria Poletti

Modulo per ordini


:: Newsletter

:: Comments

Haq Agency
Haq Agency - English

Haq Agency - Arabic

AMSI - Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - English

AMSI - Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - Arabic

Font size
1 2 3

:: All events


[ home page] | [ tutte le notizie/all news ] | [ download banner] | [ ultimo aggiornamento/last update 28/08/2019 00:45 ]

Uruknet receives daily many hacking attempts. To prevent this, we have 10 websites on 6 servers in different places. So, if the website is slow or it does not answer, you can recall one of the other web sites: www.uruknet.info www.uruknet.de www.uruknet.biz www.uruknet.org.uk www.uruknet.com www.uruknet.org - www.uruknet.it www.uruknet.eu www.uruknet.net www.uruknet.web.at.it

:: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more info go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
::  We always mention the author and link the original site and page of every article.
uruknet, uruklink, iraq, uruqlink, iraq, irak, irakeno, iraqui, uruk, uruqlink, saddam hussein, baghdad, mesopotamia, babilonia, uday, qusay, udai, qusai,hussein, feddayn, fedayn saddam, mujaheddin, mojahidin, tarek aziz, chalabi, iraqui, baath, ba'ht, Aljazira, aljazeera, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, Palestina, Sharon, Israele, Nasser, ahram, hayat, sharq awsat, iraqwar,irakwar All pictures


I nostri partner - Our Partners:

TEV S.r.l.

TEV S.r.l.: hosting


Progetto Niz

niz: news management



digitbrand: ".it" domains


Worlwide Mirror Web-Sites:
www.uruknet.info (Main)
www.uruknet.us (USA)
www.uruknet.su (Soviet Union)
www.uruknet.ru (Russia)
www.uruknet.it (Association)
www.uruknet.mobi (For Mobile Phones)
www.uruknet.org.uk (UK)
www.uruknet.de (Germany)
www.uruknet.ir (Iran)
www.uruknet.eu (Europe)
wap.uruknet.info (For Mobile Phones)
rss.uruknet.info (For Rss Feeds)

Vat Number: IT-97475012153