Τετάρτη, 2 Μαρτίου 2011

Israel provides henchmen for Gaddafi



Israeli arms distribution company Global CST has reportedly, under the authorization of Tel Aviv, provided Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi with African mercenaries to clamp down on anti-government protesters.   Egyptian sources have revealed that the Israeli company has so far provided Gaddafi's regime with 50,000 African mercenaries to attack the civilian anti-government protesters in Libya.  The arms company was previously convicted in an African country over illegal deals, News-Israel website reported. Sources say Global CST had obtained the permission for providing the mercenaries to Gaddafi from the Israeli officials in advance. Earlier, Global CST general manager had met with the head of the Israeli Intelligence Agencies (Aman) and Defense Minister Ehud Barak and obtained the permission for the measure.

The company representatives also met with Abdullah Sanusi, the head of Libyan Internal Intelligence, in Chad to discuss the details for a final agreement, the report says.
The mercenaries who attack the civilians in Tripoli have mostly come from Chad.
Gaddafi regime pays $2000 per day for each mercenary. The mercenaries receive $100 per day and the remaining goes to Global CST, the report says. - http://www.presstv.ir/detail/167814.html
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US urges support for Libya mercenaries !!!
The United States has demanded the United Nations Security Council to remove the provisions of charging mercenaries with war crimes in the killing of Libyan civilians.
The request is for the UN Security Council to word the resolution in a way that no one from an outside country that is not a member of the International Criminal Court could be prosecuted by the Court for their actions in Libya. Ann Wright, a former US diplomat, compared US officials with the foreign mercenaries in Libya and accused them of killing civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen, in an interview with Press TV's US Desk. “US officials have done the same things in their massacres of people in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Yemen, where the United States officials from the highest level of our government have authorized attacks on innocent civilians," she said. She described the Obama Administration as “very duplicitous - like the Bush Administration - trying to protect its own illegal actions which really do amount to war crimes in many cases.” The resolution, which was adopted on February 26, referred Libya to the International Criminal Court, signaling that the international community will not tolerate nationwide brutality by mercenaries in Libya under the rule of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/167663.html
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But also ... 
African mercenaries in Libya: Fact or racism?
Alleged mercenary captured by Libyan protesters
Alleged mercenary captured by Libyan protesters and protected against a lynching mob
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afrol News, 26 FebruaryProtesters in Libya insist that "African mercenaries," mostly from Niger and Chad, are used against them. Other sources deny this, fearing a possible racist origin of the claim.
Since the beginning of the Libyan revolution, protesters from all over the country have reported of extreme force being used against them by the Libyan army, police forces, plain-cloth regime agents, snipers and - more and more - "black African mercenaries". The last group increasingly is described as the most brutal group.

Protesters are publishing photos and videos on the internet, with a strong message that "this documents the use of African mercenaries." Some of these videos indeed show armed groups of dark-skinned persons, with and without uniforms.

The most valid evidence of the presence of "black African mercenaries" comes from the "liberated cities" of Banghazi and Al-Bayda, where tens of sub-Saharan Africans have been captured in combat and are held in detention. Their confiscated ID cards indicate the alleged mercenaries are mostly from neighbouring Niger and Chad, but also from Sudan and other sub-Saharan countries.

But the existence of sub-Saharan mercenaries in Libya is also denied by several sources. Colonel Ghaddafi in his first televised speech made much reference to these allegations, recalling that Libyans are "both light and dark-skinned" and of mixed origin.
Mr Ghaddafi of course has proven the least trustworthy source in this dispute, and his insistence there are no African mercenaries in Libya therefore rather indicates the opposite.

Another source forcefully denying the existence of sub-Saharan mercenaries in Libya is the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Chad. "Chadians are not sent or recruited in Chad to serve as mercenaries in Libya," the Ministry statement said, adding that Chad was not involved in current Libyan events in any way.

The repeating reports about Chadian mercenaries was "likely to cause serious physical and material harm to Chadians residing in Libya, " said the Chadian government statement, which also called on "Chadian nationals who have lived p
Photo of a killed pro-Ghaddafi fighter
Photo of a killed pro-Ghaddafi fighter, allegedly documenting the existence of "black African mercenaries" in Libya
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eacefully in this sister country, to refrain from any action likely to harm their safety."

The military government of Niger - which is currently totally focused on holding free and fair elections to end a period of democratic transition - has not commented the events in Libya or the allegations of Nigerien mercenaries. Even the Nigerien press has shown little interest in the issue.

Any Nigerien government involvement in recruiting mercenaries to Libya is however totally unlikely.

Meanwhile, reports from Western journalists now present in Al-Bayda and Benghazi indicate that the stories about captured sub-Saharan "mercenaries" may be exaggerated or even false. Journalists have been allowed to see some captured "mercenaries", who however were too afraid to speak to them or anybody else.

Local authorities informed them that most of these Nigeriens and Chadians had originally been entering Libya on search for work. In the Sabah Oasis - in the middle of the Sahara and still loyal to Mr Ghaddafi - they had been picked up by officials and promised work in Tripoli. In the capital, they had been sent to army barracks; given arms and a large sum of money and ordered to shoot at protesters.

Benghazi and Al-Bayda revolutionary authorities now felt obliged to protect these "mercenaries" against popular rage, informing journalists these Africans also were victims of the Ghaddafi regime. The "mercenaries" however have not told their own stories to journalists so far.

Africans in Libya live in fear
At the same time, sub-Saharan Africans still in Libya report of increased suspicions and attacks against them.

Unfortunately, there has existed a basis of racism in Libya for a long time - in later years also fuelled by the Ghaddafi regime after scores of Africans crossed the Sahara to reach Libya and Europe in search of work. Sub-Saharan Africans were lowest on the social ladder and increasi
Dark-skinned persons loading arms into vehicle
Dark-skinned persons loading arms into vehicle in a video allegedly documenting the existence of African mercenaries in Libya
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ngly had reported of discrimination in Libya.

The repeated reports about "black African mercenaries" slaughtering Libyan protesters are coming from all over Libya and from exiled Libyans that have not participated in the fighting, indicating there is more to the reports, which could include prejudices against sub-Saharan Africans in general.

Already on Wednesday, the UN's refugee agency UNHCR, said that the UN "has become increasingly concerned" about the many African migrants and asylum seekers in Libya. "We have no access at this time to the refugee community," said UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming.

"Some of the reports we are getting from third-party sources are very worrying," she added. "A journalist has passed information to us from Somalis in Tripoli who say they are being hunted on suspicion of being mercenaries. He says they feel trapped and are frightened to go out, even though there is little or no food at home," Ms Fleming said.

The "mercenary" hype in Libya is already causing attacks on Africans. A Turkish construction worker told the 'BBC': "We had 70-80 people from Chad working for our company. They were cut dead with pruning shears and axes, attackers saying: 'You are providing troops for Ghaddafi.' The Sudanese were also massacred. We saw it for ourselves."

Meanwhile, more worrying reports are coming from Libyan protesters, seemingly convinced African "mercenaries" are the main enemy. Only yesterday, a video was distributed over the internet showing the distribution of heavy arms to protesters to "defend themselves against mercenaries."

But not all Libyan protesters pronounce hatred towards the "mercenaries". A recent video documents how protesters protect an alleged mercenary from a lynching mob after capturing him. And from the "liberated" Kufra Oasis, Libyan youths as their first action helped a large number of stranded Chadians to return to their country.

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