Archived posts from category ‘Libya’

Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

The role played by mercenaries on both sides of the conflict in Libya has become clearer after claims that British, French and Qatari mercs had been captured by pro-Gadhafi forces near Bani Walid, one of the few remaining strongholds of the North African strongman.

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Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

by PETER VINE Libya As the war in Libya reaches its conclusion around Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, rather embarrassing questions are starting to be asked about the role of mercenaries. Until now the focus has been on Gadhafi importing so-called “African” mercenaries from the Central African Republic and Chad, but now a Bosnian-Croat has [...]


Ted Rall: The Ballad of Moammar Gadhafi

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Danger Room: The Tech That Took Out Gadhafi

With rebel forces in Tripoli and Moammar Gadhafi on the run, the end could be near for the Libyan civil war. Sporadic fighting continues in the capital city of the oil-rich North African nation, NATO warplanes are still patrolling overhead, and there’s always the danger of Gadhafi true-believers launching a fresh insurgency. But already, Western analysts are weighing the lessons of the six-month-long conflict. “Modern air power is the key force that is directly leading to the overthrow of the Gadhafi regime,” retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula concluded. True, but a host of other cutting-edge technologies, and a few decidedly low-end ones, also played critical roles.

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Warships International Fleet Review: Crash Reveals Fire Scout Mission

The U.S. Navy has sent drone helicopters into combat over Libya, a major advancement for a sea service that previously was reluctant to embrace robotic systems.

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Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague has blocked an attempt by his opposite number within the E.U. to establish a permanent European “Operational HQ” that could have power over British troops. The “OHQ” idea was pushed by E.U. Foreign High Representative Baroness Ashton and would involve civilian and military officials specializing in crisis-management. OHQ would have control over “European battle groups,” which could include British servicemen.

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Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

NATO powers America, Britain and France admitted yesterday that military force alone cannot dislodge Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe noted that emissaries from the Libyan leader are saying that he is “ready to go” — and that the onus is now on the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council to agree to sit down with the Gadhafi government to discuss a transition of power.


Danger Room: Two Bombers, 24 Hours, 100 Libyan Targets Destroyed

It began with an email in late February. The message, sent by air planners at the Germany headquarters of U.S. Africa Command to the 608th Air and Space Operations Center located at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, jump-started a “byzantine” process of communication, planning and paperwork involving no fewer than 10 U.S. military headquarters scattered across the globe.

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Matt Bors: Ambassador Drone

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Danger Room: Drone Copter is NATO’s First Combat Casualty in Libya

NATO has suffered its first apparent combat casualty of the three-month-old war in Libya. And it’s a robot.

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Warships International Fleet Review: U.S. “Harrier-Carriers” Could Face Cuts

The NATO-led aerial armada that struck Libyan targets beginning March 20 was notable for what it lacked. Though some American naval jets flew from land bases, the air strikes on forces loyal to repressive Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were not supported by a large-deck U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. All of the Navy’s 11 large flattops were on deployment to other conflict zones or in maintenance.

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AOL Defense: America’s Third Air Force: Future of the Marines

The future of the Marines, which has been hotly debated ever since Defense Secretary Robert Gates referred to it as our “second land army” days after he announced the closure of Joint Forces Command, may well lie more in the air than on the sea.