Libya: Rebels Have Weapons, But Do They Know How to Use Them?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Yesterday, the French daily Le Figaro revealed that France has been air-dropping armaments to Libyan rebel forces to the south of Tripoli in the Nafusa mountain region….But a report today in the daily Libération gives reason to wonder if the rebels have the training necessary to use the weapons that they have been given. See [...]

Libya: Paris Arming Rebels for Assault on Tripoli

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to an article in the Wednesday edition of the French daily Le Figaro, France is arming rebel forces to the south of Tripoli in the hope of facilitating a rebel assault on the Libyan capital. Never mind that UN Security Council Resolution 1973 includes an embargo on arms shipments to Libya… See my new [...]

Libyan Opposition Spokesman: “Only” 15% of Rebels are Islamic Extremists

Posted by John Rosenthal

In an interview published today in the French daily Le Figaro, a spokesman for Libya’s National Transitional Council acknowledged that Islamic extremists figure among the rebels fighting to overthrow the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi. But the spokesman, Mahmoud Shamman, insisted that the “radical elements” represent only a “tiny portion” of the rebels: namely, “no more [...]

Amnesty International Official: No Evidence of ‘Mass Rape’ in Libya

Posted by John Rosenthal

In an interview with the French daily Libération, Amnesty International official Donatella Rovera has cast doubt on widely-publicized charges that Libyan government troops loyal to Muammar al-Gaddafi have engaged in mass rape or even used rape as a “weapon of war.” For a translation of her remarks, see my new post at Big Peace here.

French Expert Mission Highlights Al-Qaeda Role in Libyan Rebellion

Posted by John Rosenthal

A new report from two French think tanks concludes that jihadists have played a predominant role in the eastern-Libyan rebellion against the rule of Moammar Qaddafi, and that “true democrats” represent only a minority in the rebellion. The report, furthermore, calls into question the justifications given for Western military intervention in Libya, arguing that they [...]

Libya: Did CNN Present a Rebel Atrocity as a Gaddafi Atrocity?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In the first days of the Libyan rebellion, CNN reported on a mysterious video that supposedly showed the burned bodies of Libyan soldiers who had refused to shoot at demonstrators. But could the “demonstrators” have burned the bodies themselves? See my new article on Big Peace here.

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, [...]