Syria fears Libya’s fate By Oleg Gribkov and Natalya Kovalenko

27 August 2011 — Global ResearchVoice of Russia

Damascus fears that NATO may redeploy its forces to Syria after the termination of its military campaign in Libya. If this happens, Syria’s prospects for democratic development will be killed stone dead, according to both left-wing and liberal groups of that country’s moderate opposition.

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Libya's forced collapse: What does it portend for Africa? By Amengeo Amengeo

27 August 2011 — Global ResearchThe Citizen (Tanzania)

The coup was underway. The ‘rebels,’ a motley band of weekend thugs were no match for the Libyan army which legally was bound to defend itself against armed insurrection, so Nato [the new mailed fist of 21st century neo-imperialism] unleashed its aerial might, special forces [French Foreign Legion commandos, SAS and US SEALS] against the legitimate government of Libya. It was inevitable that sooner or later this lopsided military power would take its toll as Nato bombed Tripoli and other parts of Libya on a daily basis.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 27 August 2011

27 August 2011 — williambowles.info

WikiLeaks: Reset
The Voice of Russia
Julian Assange’s notorious website WikiLeaks has reacted to its falling popularity rating and made public another batch of US State Department cables. Part of these is classified documents, relating to Russia’s relations with this country’s neighbours …
http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/08/27/55256716.html

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Escobar: Al-Qaeda asset is military commander of Tripoli — RT

27 August 2011 — RT

Speaking to RT today live from Brazil, Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar said that an al-Qaeda asset is now leading the military of rebel-controlled Libya.

According to Escobar, Abdelhakim Belhadj, who commanded a military offensive in Libya over the weekend, has become the de facto commander of the Tripoli armed forces. Belhadj has also, says Escobar, was trained in Afghanistan by a ‘very hardcore Islamist Libyan group.’

Escobar says that Taliban-linked sources overseas have confirmed Belhadj as the new commander. In the aftermath of 9/11, the CIA began tracking Belhadj, who was eventually captured in Malaysia in 2003. Escobar says that he was then tortured in Bangkok before being transferred back to Libya and imprisoned. He made a deal that allowed for his release in 2009 and as of this week is the military commander of Tripoli.

‘I can say almost for sure with 95 percent certainty that this is the guy,’ Escobar confirms.

Escobar: Al-Qaeda asset is military commander of Tripoli — RT

27 August 2011 — RT

Speaking to RT today live from Brazil, Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar said that an al-Qaeda asset is now leading the military of rebel-controlled Libya.

According to Escobar, Abdelhakim Belhadj, who commanded a military offensive in Libya over the weekend, has become the de facto commander of the Tripoli armed forces. Belhadj has also, says Escobar, was trained in Afghanistan by a ‘very hardcore Islamist Libyan group.’

Escobar says that Taliban-linked sources overseas have confirmed Belhadj as the new commander. In the aftermath of 9/11, the CIA began tracking Belhadj, who was eventually captured in Malaysia in 2003. Escobar says that he was then tortured in Bangkok before being transferred back to Libya and imprisoned. He made a deal that allowed for his release in 2009 and as of this week is the military commander of Tripoli.

‘I can say almost for sure with 95 percent certainty that this is the guy,’ Escobar confirms.

Bitter clashes on in Libyan capital

27 August 2011 — Strategic Culture FoundationThe Voice of Russia

Bitter clashes are continuing in the Libyan capital Tripoli. The troops that are loyal to Gaddafi, as well as his supporters, have repulsed a rebel attack on the Bu-Salim district of Tripoli, with dozens of rebels and foreign mercenaries fighting against Gaddafi reported killed in the attack.

Once rebels captured the greater part of Tripoli, they started looting shops and did not even spare the Jamahiriya national museum.

On Friday night, they established control over the Ras-Djdir border pass into Tunisia. Meanwhile, the residents of the Gaddafi hometown Sirte have vowed to fight to the bitter end.

Despite previous reports, the Transitional National Council has not moved from Benghazi to Tripoli for security reasons.

What’s more, the rebel leaders are in the Nafus Mountains, according to some reports.

The Gaddafi whereabouts are still unknown, and a large reward has been offered for him.

Video: Comrades to competitors: France and Italy vie for a slice of Libyan pie — RT

27 August 2011 — RT

The race for Libya’s vast oil wealth is gathering momentum. States who worked together during the NATO airstrikes are now working against each other in the battle to secure lucrative energy contracts.

­Meanwhile, fears are rising that a new regime in Libya could easily slide into corruption.

Half a billion dollars from Italy, and now a whopping $1.5 billion from the UN in unfrozen Libyan assets – on top of $300 million dollars from Turkey.

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Video: Comrades to competitors: France and Italy vie for a slice of Libyan pie — RT

27 August 2011 — RT

The race for Libya’s vast oil wealth is gathering momentum. States who worked together during the NATO airstrikes are now working against each other in the battle to secure lucrative energy contracts.

­Meanwhile, fears are rising that a new regime in Libya could easily slide into corruption.

Half a billion dollars from Italy, and now a whopping $1.5 billion from the UN in unfrozen Libyan assets – on top of $300 million dollars from Turkey.

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