Bounty placed on Ghaddafi’s head.

26 Aug

British Special Forces are on the ground in Libya, and have been for weeks – disguised in Arab dress – to lead the “hunt” for Ghaddafi. A 2 million dollar (1 M pound) reward has been put on Ghaddafi’s head and the NTC (rebel group) has stated that this means “dead or alive”.

Humanitarian action, my fat ass. The goal has always clearly been regime change. But a bounty on his head? What is this? This thing is deteriorating daily, with the NATO countries completely degrading into some kind of freaky Wild West show. There is no explanation offered as to why the British are so blatantly violating the “no boots on the ground” UN resolution, nor does there seem to be any interest in asking for any such explanation on the part of the media. The rebels, along with NATO, are causing such loss of civilian life in Tripoli that there can no longer be any question of NATO war crimes being committed by both groups.

From the Telegraph (which, in this article, keeps referring to Ghaddafi as “the despot” in what is sheer propaganda):

As a £1 million bounty was placed on Gaddafi’s head, soldiers from 22 SAS Regiment began guiding rebel soldiers after being ordered in by David Cameron.

For the first time, defence sources have confirmed that the SAS has been in Libya for several weeks, and played a key role in coordinating the fall of Tripoli.

With the majority of the capital now in rebel hands, the SAS soldiers, who have been dressed in Arab civilian clothing and carrying the same weapons as the rebels, have been ordered to switch their focus to the search for Gaddafi, who has been on the run since his fortified headquarters was captured on Tuesday.

Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) said Gaddafi was wanted “dead or alive” and promised an amnesty to any of his inner circle prepared to betray his whereabouts…

Aid agencies warned of a humanitarian “catastrophe” on the horizon as food, water and medical supplies started to run out in the capital…

Meanwhile SAS soldiers who had been sent to Libya several weeks ago to coordinate air strikes on key military targets have been ordered to stay on and help the rebels on the ground who are hunting him down….

With snipers trying to pick off anyone using the ports and airports, aid agencies have been unable to deliver fresh supplies of medicines, food or water, and hospitals in Tripoli have been overwhelmed with casualties, who include children.

Rosa Crestani, of the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, said: “The situation is very tough…it’s almost a catastrophe. There are clearly shortages of life-saving medication and equipment. There are no antibiotics and instruments for life-saving surgery.”…

And this, from WSWS:

…Kim Sengupta of the Independent reported Thursday from the Tripoli neighborhood of Abu Salim, which the “rebels” stormed under the cover of NATO air strikes. Known as a pro-Gaddafi area, its residents have been subjected to a reign of terror…

“‘The rebels are saying they are fighting government troops here, but all those getting hurt are ordinary people, the only buildings being damaged are those of local people. There has also been looting by the rebels, they have gone into houses to search for people and taken away things. Why are they doing this?’”…

Both the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies documented a massacre perpetrated against Gaddafi supporters in a square adjacent to the presidential compound that was stormed and looted on Tuesday…

AP said that the grisly discovery raised “the disturbing specter of mass killings of noncombatants, detainees and the wounded.”

Among the bodies of the executed the report added were several that “had been shot in the head, with their hands tied behind their backs. A body in a doctor’s green hospital gown was found in the canal. The bodies were bloated.”

Reporting from the same killing field, Reuters counted 30 bodies “riddled with bullets”. It noted that “Five of the dead were at a field hospital nearby, with one in an ambulance strapped to a gurney with an intravenous drip still in his arm.” Two of the bodies, it said, “were charred beyond recognition.”

Amnesty International has raised urgent concerns about the killing, torture and brutalization of people being rounded up by the “rebels,” particularly African migrant workers who have been singled out for retribution because of the color of their skin….

Amnesty said that “rebel” leaders estimated that one-third of the detainees were “foreign mercenaries,” meaning sub-Saharan Africans. “When Amnesty International spoke to several of the detainees, however, they said they were migrant workers…

News reports and statements from international aid agencies warn of a humanitarian catastrophe in the city as a result of the NATO siege…

The Telegraph reported that Tripoli’s two other major hospitals were similarly overflowing with casualties and desperately understaffed, as were all of the city’s private hospitals.

The aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned that the city is facing a medical “catastrophe”….

The lack of fuel means that hospitals that have kept their power by running generators can now no longer do so.

Health officials in Tripoli report that blood supplies have run out at the hospitals and that food and drinking water is unavailable over whole areas of Tripoli…


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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Libya, MIC, State Dept/diplomacy


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