Libya Updates: brutal violence, racism, and internal strife. Is democracy even possible? Al-Qaeda, Jihadist groups, pro-Sharia leaders, Islamic takeover?

Posted on September 17, 2011


The Secularist-Islamist Struggle in Libya BeginsThe Secularist-Islamist Struggle in Libya Begins

NATO warns of Islamist takeover.

Obama meets Libya’s pro-Sharia leader, praises Libya’s turn toward Sharia


“Mustafa Abdul Jalil…told cheering crowds in Tripoli that Islamic shariah law would be the ‘main source’ of legislation in the new Libya.” — the Telegraph, September 12 “President Obama Praises Libya’s Political Transition,” by Michele Kelemen for NPR, September 20 (thanks to all who sent this in): President Obama…

Libya: Jihadist groups quietly setting up “long-term presence”


“When asked whether there are men inside the NTC that are affiliated with terrorist groups, the senior defense official admitted, ‘Yeah, probably’.” We tried to tell you. More on this story. “Libya the new terrorist haven?,” by Chris Lawrence for CNN, September 14: Terrorist groups are trying to set up…

Obama Reopens Embassy in Libya, Vows Support

Libyans Flee Siege in Gadhafi’s Hometown Sirte

At Large

Libya Burning

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi| 9.8.11 @ 6:08AM

The rebels are taking Libya with brutal violence, racism, and internal strife. Is democracy even possible?

Libyan Rebels Release 600 Al-Qaeda Terrorists

August 31, 2011 – 8:03 am EST |

Libya’s “liberators” have reportedly liberated 600 Al Qaeda supporters.

Al Qaeda Man Holds Top Military Post in Libyan Insurgency?

August 30, 2011 – 4:47 am EST |


The Russians are not happy that their man Qadaffi has been deposed in Libya. Normally anything coming out of Russia Today, should be viewed as probable propaganda or disinformation. However, this story has been backed by other sources and appears to be credible.

Qadaffi Calls for Worldwide Resistance, US Supporters to Follow “Deputy” Louis Farrakhan Qadaffi Calls for Worldwide Resistance, US Supporters to Follow “Deputy” Louis Farrakhan

Libya: An Islamist Terrorist Takes Command of Main Rebel Forces

by Barry Rubin – Finally, we have evidence that Islamists and even al-Qaeda supporters will play a central role in Libya’s new regime. Read bullet

How Saif Gaddafi and Friends Fooled the Euro-Left

by Richard Pollock

The flashy frauds had a naive left believing a “progressive” Muslim world was coming.


Shamed Libyan dad’s ‘honor’ killing
Slit throats of 3 daughters – 15,17,18 – raped by pro-Gadhafi troops
–Sydney Morning Herald


Where’s Qadhafi?

James Phillips

August 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

The search for Muammar Qadhafi has intensified after Libyan rebels seized most of Tripoli. The initial focus was on Qadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound and nearby apartment blocks in a neighborhood that contains many Qadhafi loyalists. Today, the chairman of the rebel Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abul Jalil, stated that the rebels have no concrete information on Qadhafi’s location. Although the erratic dictator had recently been thought to be in Tripoli, he has remained in hiding long enough that he may have escaped the disorganized noose fashioned by a poorly coordinated … More
James PhillipsAugust 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Rebel forces reportedly took control of Muammar Qadhafi’s fortified Bab al-Aziziya command base in Tripoli today as they further consolidated control of the capital. Confusion reigned amid reports that Qadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam, whom the opposition Transitional National Council had claimed to detain, apparently roamed free inside Tripoli rallying support for the regime. As the murky situation in Tripoli gradually is sorted out, the United States must remain focused on the long-term goal of helping Libyans build a free, stable, and democratic Libya that will be an ally against terrorists. … More
James CarafanoAugust 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

The debate over whether the U.S. should have intervened in Libya and how things will ultimately turn out in the troubled country will linger for some time. The issue of who will control the country is far from resolved. For the U.S. military, however, there are lessons that are already becoming abundantly clear: If the U.S. and its NATO allies want to sustain a capacity to apply military power around the world, amphibious forces are essential. In a May 2010 speech, then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates questioned whether it would ever … More
Ray WalserAugust 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm
As jubilant Libyans take to the street to celebrate the imminent fall of Muammar Qadhafi, the fate of Libya’s leader remains uncertain: trial or exile? Press resources speculate that he may be headed to a friendly country. Russia, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela are mentioned. Richard Spencer of The Telegraph reported that “the main possibility of exile outside the Arab world is in Venezuela, whose leader Hugo Chavez is an old friend. Last week a Venezuelan envoy was in the Tunisian resort island of Djerba, talking to Qadhafi representatives.” Throughout Libya’s civil … More

Lachlan Markay

August 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. The dust has not yet settled over the Libyan capital of Tripoli since rebels took control over the weekend. But already, a draft constitutional charter for the transitional state has appeared online (embedded below). It is just a draft, mind you, and gauging its authenticity at this point is difficult. There is also no way to know whether this draft or something similar will emerge as the final governing document for a new Libyan regime. As both the Morning Bell and … More
Mike BrownfieldAugust 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

All across the world, leaders are hailing the news that Libyan rebels have advanced into the capital city of Tripoli, poised to bring to an end to the decades-old dictatorship of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi. The end of Qadhafi’s regime is welcome news, but now the United States must focus on developing a strategy for a way forward. The Heritage Foundation’s Jim Phillips explains: The Obama Administration, which stumbled into the war in Libya with no clear military plan or exit strategy, now must fashion a suitable and acceptable way forward. The Administration’s short-sighted effort … More
James PhillipsAugust 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm
Libyan rebels converged on the capital city of Tripoli early on Monday with reports that the forces arrested two of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s sons, that the presidential guard protecting Qadhafi surrendered, and that the rebel forces controlled much of the city with the exception of Qadhafi’s leadership compound. Meanwhile, President Obama released a statement saying the U.S. believes Qadhafi’s regime is nearing its end and that it recognizes the Transitional National Council “as the legitimate governing authority in Libya.” The Obama Administration, which stumbled into the war in Libya with no … More

Judy Mayka July 28, 2011 at 11:49 am

On Tuesday, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, appeared on Libyan state TV at a rally in support of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi—the brutal dictator and continued target of NATO forces. Megrahi was in a wheelchair, appearing frail but in good health—a stark contrast to claims that he had a mere three months to live, prompting his release from a Scottish prison nearly two years ago. Not only is Megrahi’s public support of Qadhafi a tremendous insult to … More
Morgan RoachJuly 15, 2011 at 7:49 am
Last March, Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an accused Western leaders of intervening in Libya in order to take control of Libya’s vast oil and gold resources. Today, however, Turkey—NATO’s once ardent opposition to military engagement—is one of the United States’ most active partners in seeking regime change. Turkey’s roadmap is one of several potential paths the international community and the Transitional National Council (TNC) have had to choose from. However, as NATO members are anxious to wrap up the military campaign, a plan for transition … More

Rebels Offer $2M Bounty for Qaddafi

Libyans hunting runaway ruler Muammar Qaddafi place a $2 million bounty on the dictator’s head — dead or alive — as forces loyal to Qaddafi fight to control the last pockets of Tripoli still under his influence…

Official: Nicaragua Open to Qaddafi Asylum Request

Gaddafi pledges ‘martyrdom or victory’

August 24, 2011 – He’s the insurgency now. More


Walid Phares: Obama, NATO Must Stop Libya’s Hardline Islamists From Taking Power

Libya is in danger of becoming “another Iran” if the Obama administration fails to act quickly to support non-Islamist factors who led the country’s revolution, Middle East expert Walid Phares says. The hardline Islamists are just waiting to take over the country and it is only the United States and its allies in NATO that can prevent them, Phares says in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. FULL STORY

Ambassador Bolton: New Libya Could Become al-Qaida Bastion

Libya’s Three Act Play — Tragedy, Drama or Farce?

Rep. Rogers: Gadhafi’s Weapons Must be Secured

Alleged Libyan Draft Constitution: Sharia Law is ‘Principal Source of Legislation’

Alleged Libyan Draft Constitution: Sharia Law is ‘Principal Source of Legislation’

Islamist forces “appear to make up a small but not insignificant part of the opposition coalition.”

Libyan Rebels Close In on Tripoli

Explosions rock Libya’s capital while rebels move closer to Muammar al-Qaddafi’s stronghold, as the country’s leader responds by pounding rebel positions with rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft fire.

N.J. Senators: Extradite Lockerbie Bomber to U.S.

Doctor: Lockerbie Bomber To Live Several More Years

Cancer specialist says al-Megrahi is receiving hormone treatment as Scotland defends releasing him

FINALLY, HE SAYS SOMETHING WE AGREE WITH: U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement Monday urging the transitional authority in Libya, which has been recognized by the Obama administration as the legitimate governing authority there, to return the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, to prison:”Two years after an incorrect medical prognosis prompted his release from prison, the Lockerbie bomber is not only alive and well, but seems to have even outlived the Qaddafi regime. As a transitional government takes hold in Libya, it should seek to undo the injustice of al-Megrahi’s release by returning him to the jail cell where he belongs. A new Libya can send a strong statement to the world by declaring it will no longer be a haven for this convicted terrorist.” –U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
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