Al Jazeera footage shows “armed westerners” on the ground in Libya (& more from CLG)

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30 May 2011

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Al-Jazeera footage captures ‘western troops on the ground’ in Libya 30 May 2011 Armed westerners have been filmed on the front line with ‘rebels’ near Misrata in the first apparent confirmation that foreign special forces are playing an active role in the Libyan conflict. A group of six westerners are clearly visible in a report by al-Jazeera from Dafniya, described as the westernmost point of the rebel lines west of the town of Misrata. Five of them were armed and wearing sand-coloured clothes, peaked caps, and cotton Arab scarves. The sixth, apparently the most senior of the group, may be an intelligence officer. 

‘US dropped cluster bombs on Misratah’ 29 May 2011 A Human rights investigation in Libya has found that it was the US and its Western allies who cluster bombed the troubled city of Misratah back in April. The HRI said it has convincing evidence that the cluster bombing blamed on pro-Gaddafi forces was actually carried out by the US navy. The report says at the time of the attack, Human Rights Watch and a ‘reporter’ working for US media immediately blamed forces loyal to Libya’s embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi for the cluster bombing that threatened civilian lives. 

CIA prisons in Poland ‘illegal’ –Prosecutors representing terror suspect Adb al-Rahim al-Nashiri claim the man was tortured at the facility between 2002 to 2003. Al-Nashiri was subjected to waterboarding and mock executions with a power drill while he was naked and hooded, the prosecutors said. 30 May 2011 Secret prisons operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Polish territory violated international law and the Polish constitution according to legal experts, reported the daily Gazeta Wyborcza on Monday, citing sources close to an investigation. The CIA held terror suspects inside a military intelligence training base in Stare Kiejkuty, northeastern Poland, from 2002 to 2005, anonymous Polish intelligence officers have said. According to Wyborcza, Poland and the US agreed that the US would not reply to a Polish request for assistance in the case. This would prolong the investigation until the case could be suspended, the daily reported, citing a source in the prosecutor’s office. 

NATO vows longer stay in Afghanistan 30 May 2011 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for an increase in the military budget of member states to extend the US-led presence in Afghanistan. On Monday, Rasmussen called on NATO member-states to increase military budgets and keep up their contributions to the mission in Afghanistan. He claimed that a rapid exit from Afghanistan would still be premature. [US killer drone locusts: Once they descend for oil and opium, there’s no eradicating the plague.] 

Afghan leader Karzai issues ‘last warning’ to Nato –The BBC’s Quentin Sommerville said villagers brought their dead children to the governor’s office shouting: “See they aren’t Taliban”. 29 May 2011 Afghan President Hamid Karzai has forcefully condemned the killing of 14 civilians in the south-west of the country in a suspected Nato air strike. Mr Karzai said his government had repeatedly asked the US to stop raids which end up killing Afghan civilians and this was his “last warning”. Afghan officials say all those killed were women and children. 

ISAF apologizes for killing Afghans 30 May 2011 Foreign forces in Afghanistan have issued an apology for killing dozens of Afghan civilians, mostly children, in Nawzad district in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. The ISAF statement put the number of killed civilians at nine, while Afghan officials in Helmand province said 14 civilians, including five girls, seven boys and two women were among those killed by the US-led forces.

Nato-Led Airstrike Kills 12 Afghan Children –‘My house was bombarded in the middle of the night and my children were killed. The Taliban were far away from my home, why was my house bombed?’ –Distraught Afghan father Noor Agha 29 May 2011 Twelve children and two women have been killed in a Nato airstrike in Afghanistan, according to local officials. The tragedy happened in Nawzad district in southwest Helmand province late on Saturday. Dawood Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial government, said Nato was targeting ‘insurgents’ but instead struck two homes, killing two women, five girls and seven boys. 

Afghan soldier kills US-led soldier 30 May 2011 12:52PM NATO says an Afghan man wearing an army uniform has shot and killed a US-led foreign soldier and injured a number of others in the country’s troubled south. Local officials confirmed that the man was an Afghan soldier. Earlier on the day, four US-led troops were killed in a roadside bomb attack in the eastern Wardak Province.


CLG Editor-in-Chief: Lori Price. Copyright © 2011, Citizens For Legitimate Government ® All rights reserved.

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