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Archive for October 7th, 2011

The disastrous situation of the Libyan cities of Sirte and Bani Walid, which are facing genocide as well as the widespread devastation of their infrastructures.

The situation is deteriorating badly with every day and every hour that passes in Sirte and Bani Walid as these two major cities have been held under siege for months and their citizens are suffering critically from a lack of basic necessities. NATO and the Rebels are bombing civilian areas, killing innocent people and families, destroying homes, hospitals, schools, hotels and public buildings.

What we have seen in some residential areas of Sirte, such as the No. 2 area and the Aljeaza area which have been attacked and bombed by NATO and the Rebels numerous times, could constitute crimes against humanity: the total destruction of homes, victims who are mostly children, elderly people and women, who have committed no sin but simply want to live in peace in their homeland. Even those who have attempted to leave the cities have been mistreated and abused by the Rebels of the National Transitional Council who act in revenge and search for displaced people at the gates, often refusing to allow them to leave and denying them passage because of their title, tribal affiliation or connection with the government.

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Somalia Blowback

Jeremy Scahill succinctly breaks down the current mess in Somalia:

The United States has been waging asymmetric warfare campaign throughout the Horn of Africa and extending into Yemen, as we saw by the recent assassination by U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. The U.S. has begun building new drone facilities in the region. The Obama administration has expanded drone attacks into Somalia. So what we’re seeing is U.S. Special Operations Forces and CIA doing these targeted killings, and then Al-Shabab also doing these targeted killings. So, this is the new sort of landscape of war. It’s all asymmetric warfare. It’s not uniformed militaries fighting one another, it’s these sort of shadow forces from both, what Washington would call, the terrorist side of it and then the U.S. Military and CIA side of it; they’re both using similar tactics.

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