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NATO Declares Libya Mission Officially Over

Posted on Oct 31, 2011

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives in Libya to announce the end of the international military campaign there.

On Monday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen paid a visit to Libya to announce the end of the military campaign that began seven months ago and culminated in the death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi on Oct. 20. Meanwhile, the Pentagon made it clear that the United States wasn’t quite done in the North African nation.  —KA


But the Pentagon said Monday that the United States will continue monitoring Libya from the skies even after the end of formal NATO military operations.

“There will be some kind of overwatch role for a little while after the actual end,” Pentagon spokesman, Capt. John Kirby said. “We are still working with our NATO allies on that.” U.S. manned and unmanned aircraft played a key reconnaissance role in the Libya operation even after U.S. forces stopped taking the lead combat role.

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By David J. Cyr, November 1, 2011 at 6:35 am Link to this comment

Mission accomplished?

No, it’s only just begun. Now, who will protect the Libyans from the “humanitarian” gangsters who pretended to be “liberating” them?

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By Oceanna, November 1, 2011 at 5:14 am Link to this comment

Yeah, sure it’s over.  We’re obviously supposed to believe that the assassination
of one individual concludes the NATO efforts and its long range intentions.  I
should have written purported assassination since there was never any
independent verification of his death.  Some don’t find a quick DNA claim by
the NTC, who was responsible for a macabre and very barbaric death, exactly

I guess the massive build up in the Gulf
plans-post-iraq-troop-increase-in-persian-gulf.html?ref=politics) can be close
by and on call for the inevitable uprisings to come against the newly installed
government of Libya, consisting of former jihadist ilk.  And for other logistics,
of course. 

Who’s next?  Apparently, Assad from recent statements believes he’s next in
line for a regime change.  I have a feeling that they resulted from reliable
intelligence and analysis . . .Or for that matter, just feeling the westerlies of the

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By John Mclaren, October 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment
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Now I think the real work for Libya has to begin. The difficult work. I hope the west all step up to the plate to help the Libyans build their infrastructure, schools, national organization and rule of law. It seems like Libya could easily fall into further chaos. Assassinating Quaddafi was a poor precident and there have been other killings continuing after Quaddafi was ousted.

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By blogdog, October 31, 2011 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

of course NATO denies any civilian deaths from its 10,000 strike sorties, each
delivering from 6 to 60K tons of ordinance, some phoshorus, some DU (both illegal)
- that’s more ordinance than the Nazis dropped on England - he has to deny it
- charges of war crimes against humanity loom - all NATO ministers should be

Bush and Blair are now being tried in absentia for war crimes in Malaysia

and of course the NTC is nervous, they have less than 20% popular support,
only toeholds of military presence in most population centers no presence in
the South of Libya

yes, Saif is still in the field, and despite CNN’s propaganda shills reporting that
NATO had regional support, that support did not come up from the people -
the Saharan tribes are preparing to kick Al Qaeda and Qatar mercenaries out of
North Africa

they know this is a neocolonial coup d’etat and that the long-term goal is to fail
all selfdeterminant African states, just as NATO does, everywhere it goes

NATO are the world’s premiere war criminals - extensively detailed here - - NSNBD (No Spin News By Christoph Lehmann -
deep analysis you’ll find from no writers posted on Truthdig, published in The
Nation, nor interviewed on Democracy Now - all limited hangout, deflective
source disinformation propaganda organs

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