Al-Qaeda ‘Emirates’ in Eastern Libya?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In a now mysterious interview published earlier this month in the London-based Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat, an al-Qaeda spokesman appeared to confirm the terror group’s presence in the eastern Libyan rebellion — and then the spokesman denied he ever said it… See my new article on Pajamas Media here.

Afro-Gaddafi?

Posted by John Rosenthal

At the conclusion of my recent piece proposing some questions for John McCain on Libya, I cited translations provided by the website Feby17.info of two Libyan rebel slogans: “oh Gaddafi king of the afro, you will now see the [real] Libyans” and “oh Living, oh Sustainer, the afro will die today.” Martin Kramer informs me [...]

Questions for John McCain

Posted by John Rosenthal

On a visit to Benghazi, Senator John McCain’s called the Libyan rebels his “heroes.” Pajamas Media editor David Steinberg has had the excellent idea of seeking comment from the senator’s office on the extensive video evidence of atrocities committed by his “heroes.” While one is at it, the senator should probably also be reminded that barely a year [...]

Mounting Evidence of Rebel Atrocities in Libya

Posted by John Rosenthal

While the International Criminal Court has announced that it is investigating charges of war crimes against Muammar al-Gaddafi and other members of the Libyan regime, harrowing video evidence has emerged that appears to show atrocities committed by anti-Gaddafi rebels. Among other things, the footage depicts summary executions, a prisoner being lynched, the desecration of corpses, [...]

Libyan Rebel: There are No Civilians in Misrata

Posted by John Rosenthal

The weekend saw the publication of a slew of press reports accusing Libyan government forces of putting civilian lives at risk by using cluster bombs in their efforts to recapture the city of Misrata. But a report from Misrata in the weekend edition of the French newspaper Le Figaro inadvertently casts doubt on these claims. [...]

France Does Regime Change in the Côte d’Ivoire

Posted by John Rosenthal

“It is not France’s mission to oust Laurent Gbagbo using military force.” This is what Henri Guaino, advisor to French president Nicoals Sarkozy, told France 2 public television on Monday. But mission or not, ousting Gbagbo by using military force is exactly what France did. See my new post at weeklystandard.com here.

Libyan Rebel Commander: ‘Cut Gaddafi’s Throat, Then Establish an Islamic State’

Posted by John Rosenthal

Whereas American officials have been straining to make out “flickers” of intelligence suggesting a jihadist influence in the rebellion against the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi, a reporter visiting eastern Libya for France’s Journal du Dimanche encountered a flagrant jihadist presence and met with participants who talked openly about their dedication to jihad and/or their desire to [...]

Our Principles? The Libyan Insurrection and the Mohammed Cartoons

Posted by John Rosenthal

“We must stand alongside those who believe in the same core principles,” President Obama said in his speech Monday night justifying American military intervention in Libya. But there is reason to doubt that the eastern Libyan forces opposed to the rule of Moammar al-Gaddafi do share our core principles — at any rate, if by [...]