Libyan Rebel Ingenuity: Making Guns From Scrap

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Libya; Kadhafi Ordered Rapes, Joined In

As a method of terrorizing the opposition population, it is reported by the ICC that Kadhafi ordered mass rapes in Libya, and even aided in providing them with “sexual performance enhancement” drugs.  The leader himself even participated in all the spoils.

“Now we are getting some information that Kadhafi himself decided to rape and this is new,” Moreno-Ocampo told reporters.

He said there were reports of hundreds of women attacked in some areas of Libya, which is in the grip of a months-long internal rebellion.

There was evidence the Libyan authorities bought “Viagra-type” medicines and gave them to troops as part of the official rape policy, Moreno-Ocampo said.

“They were buying containers to enhance the possibility to rape women,” he said.

“It was never the pattern he used to control the population. The rape is a new aspect of the repression. That is why we had doubts at the beginning, but now we are more convinced that he decided to punish using rape,” the prosecutor said.

“It was very bad — beyond the limits, I would say.”

 

More Libyan Articles;

Gaddafi’s forces advance on Libya’s Misrata: rebels: link

NATO Pressures Allies To Boost Libya Mission: link

Rich Libyans Flock to Tunisia’s Island to Flee Civil War: link

Royal Navy minehunter heads for Libya: link

Italy pledges around $600 million to Libyan rebels: link

Allies to meet over Libya endgame: link

Kadhafi forces attack Misrata as NATO vows no let-up: link

Libya And The Missing Missiles: link

Sweden to have five Gripens for Libyan mission: link

 

 

 

Algeria Wants Russian Mi-28NE Havoc

Another foreign order has been announced yesterday by Russian state-owned Rostovondon.  This time it’s the North African country of Algeria.  It has not been released as to how many the Algerian armed forces want, but that will likely be made public within the next month.  Algeria is familiar with Russian helicopters with older versions of the Mi-24 Hind.  Expect more orders.

Russian helicopter manufacturer Rostvertol says it is engaged in talks with Algeria regarding the sale of Mi-28NE attack helicopters.

Rostvertol, the attack helicopter arm of the state-owned Russian Helicopters holding company, made the announcement yesterday. “A commercial proposal has already been sent [to Algeria] and this year we will start discussions. We hope to sign a contract for delivery in the 2012-17 timeframe,” said Rosvertol general director Boris Slyusar.

Rostvertol has not indicated how many aircraft Algeria is interested in purchasing, nor the price they would pay.

To date, only the Russian armed forces and Venezuela have ordered the Mi-28 ‘Havoc’, which is being introduced into Russian service. Venezuela is yet to receive its ten helicopters, which it ordered last year. Meanwhile, India is showing interest in acquiring either Mi-28s or Boeing AH-64 Apaches in a 22 helicopter deal.

French and British Attack Helicopters in Libya

French Gazelle and Tigre attack choppers are currently performing operations in Libya while the UK deploys Apaches.

 

More Action in Libya;

Rebels in western Libya seize mountain towns: link

Congress Votes to Restrict Libya War While China Chats With Rebels: link

House demands “explanation” on Libya: link

NATO airstrikes hit Yefren, Libya, where rebels claim liberation: link

Helos Over Libya: link

Blasts heard in central Tripoli: link

Russia: France, U.K. Could Send Troops Into Libya: link

Britain says rebels must plan for post-Gaddafi Libya: link

Cockpit footage of Apache strikes in Libya: link

Gaddafi’s Libyan army collapsing, say defectors:link

NATO hits Tripoli as Gates says Kadhafi’s time is up: link

Mercenaries Back In Business

It has been reported that ex-SAS British personnel are assisting NATO forces in Libya.  Now that the UK and France have deployed attack helicopters to the region, they will likely be calling the scene from the ground and directing information to the pilots above.  Blackwater gave the hired contractors a bad reputation in Iraq during a civilian shooting in 2007.  But nevertheless, hired professionals don’t carry the political baggage that goes with deploying government forces and the men hired to do the job have years of combat experience, something that takes a long time to teach.

Middle East Unrest Update

YEMEN

Yemeni warplanes carry out airstrikes on a southern town seized by hundreds of Islamic militants over the weekend as the political crisis surrounding the embattled president descends into more bloodshed. Military units loyal to him mount a fierce assault on the southern city of Taiz, which has been a hotbed of anti-government protests since the start of the uprising in early February. A doctor at a field hospital set up in the city’s main protest camp said at least 20 demonstrators were killed. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has clung to power despite months of daily protests, defections by key allies and international pressure to go, has repeatedly warned that Islamic militants and al-Qaida would seize control of the country if he steps down. At the same time, he has intensified a crackdown on protesters.

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SYRIA

Residents use automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades to repel advancing government troops in central Syria Monday, putting up a fierce fight for the first time in their two-month old revolt against President Bashar Assad’s autocratic regime. The armed resistance adds a new element to an already blurry situation and raises the possibility that the popular uprising that had so far taken the form of peaceful protests by unarmed demonstrators may escalate into a Libya-style armed conflict. Authorites claim dozens of soldiers and security officers have been killed during the 10-week protest. The death toll among demonstrators has topped 1,000.

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LIBYA

Moammar Gadhafi is ready for a truce to stop the fighting in his country, visiting South African president says after meeting the Libyan ruler, but he lists familiar Gadhafi conditions that have scuttled previous cease-fire efforts. The South African president. Jacob Zuma, says Gadhafi is ready to accept an African Union initiative for a cease-fire that would stop all hostilities, including NATO airstrikes in support of rebel forces. “He is ready to implement the road map,” Zuma says, and Gadhafi insists that “all Libyan be given a chance tp talk among themselves” to determine the country’s future. He does not say Gadhafi is ready to step down, which is the central demand of the rebels. Five Libyan army generals who defected from Moammar Gadhafi’s regime are appealing to fellow officers to join them in backing the rebels.

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EGYPT

A prominent Egyptian activist says he has been summoned for questioning by the country’s military rulers over comments criticizing their human rights record. Hossam el-Hamalawy, 33, says he was asked to appear before military prosecutors a day later over his remarks on a popular television program. On the program Thursday, el-Hamalawy said the head of the military police was responsible for reported human rights abuses. He says the TV presenter, Reem Maged, was also summoned for questioning. El-Hamalawy is among the best-known activists and bloggers in Egypt in recent years. He has kept a record of alleged human rights abuses by authorities. He was among the public faces of the popular revolution that forced former President Hosni Mubarak to step down on Feb.11.

 

More Articles;

Taliban Suicide Bombers Strike Herat: link

Afghans say NATO air strikes kill 52: link

Naval base attack: Experts see insiders’ role: link

India, Pakistan Hold Talks on Strategic Glacier: link

India again denounces US military aid to Pakistan: link

Libyan rebel: Offensive against Gadhafi near: link

As many as 120 defect from Gadhafi?s armed forces: link

Defence says helicopters risky in Libya but needed: link

EU warns of ‘alarming’ situation at Libya-Chad border: link

US House wants sailors back from Libya after 207 years: link

Rebels Claim Top Libyan Officers Defecting: link

Al-Jazeera footage captures ‘western troops on the ground’ in Libya: link

Zuma and Libya hold talks after officers defect: link

Osama bin Laden Raid Avenged CIA Deaths: link

Afghan official: NATO airstrike kills 14: link

Amid bombings, Pakistan turns to conspiracies: link

U.S., U.K. helo forces collaborate in an Afghanistan of their own: link

Libya’s Misrata rebels face tough new fight: link

Libyan opposition’s treasury almost empty: link

India forges new bonding with Libya: link

Israel braces for border clashes in coming days: link

Six killed as Yemeni forces fire at protesters in Taiz: link

Syria to end nuclear secrecy: link

Syrian Tanks Attack Towns That Held Protests: link

Afghanistan: Suicide blast kills top police commander: link

Stratfor: The Bin Laden operation – tapping humint: link

Bomb Kills 8 in Tribal Pakistan: link

Downing Street approves deployment of WAH-64 to Libya: link

On board France’s flagship aircraft carrier off Libya: link

Hundreds of women report rapes by Gadhafi forces: link

Libyan Rebels Offer Amnesty to Pro-Gadhafi Soldiers: link

NATO strikes command center at Gadhafi compound: link

Libya: France and Britain Sending Attack Helicopters

French Tigre's will be in action soon

The Libyan Campaign has taken a step towards a more personal war.  For the last two months, NATO has been launching cruise missiles and dropping precision bombs on Gaddafi’s defenses.  Libyan rebels will now be receiving the tactical support they require.  Yesterday, Britain and France acknowledged that they will deploy attack helicopters to help strike precision targets while minimizing civilian casualties.  Having the helicopters will give NATO the ability to aquire and determine targets easier than previous methods.  France will be using Tigre and Gazelle helicopters, while Britain will be using Apache’s.

Other News From Libya:

US calls for Kadhafi to leave Libya: link 

US Diplomat in Libya’s Rebel Territory for Talks: link 

Libya says NATO warplanes raid port, Kadhafi home in Tripoli: link 

NATO airstrikes rattle Tripoli: link 

EU opens diplomatic office in Libya’s rebel east: link 

Libyan resistance to Gaddafi turns passive in east Tripoli: link 

Congress Returns to Town With Demand Obama Get OK on Libya: link 

Arab States Play Limited Role in Libya: link 

Limited US role in Libya?