May 5th Updates

New York: London: Tripoli:

Reuters16:01 Reuters Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu clarified remarks attributed to him on Thursday, saying a Libyan ceasefire plan Ankara had proposed included a seven-day implementation period before a political transition phase could begin.

“Turkey has been working on a roadmap consulting our allies and parties in Libya,” he told reporters.

“What we mean is ceasing all fire, withdrawing all armies from cities, full humanitarian access. What we are seeing is that all these objectives should be achieved (within seven days). To make a genuine ceasefire we have to put these mechanisms in place.”

NATO16:04 British Forces News The British Royal Navy has destroyed a mine that was laid by Gaddafi forces 1 mile from the entrance to the port of Misrata. HMS Brocklesby used sonar and the Seafox underwater disposal system to locate and destroy the item containing more than 100 kilograms of high explosive.

NATO15:46 NATO Aircraft conducted 160 sorties on May 4th, 49 of which were intended as strike sorties. Some of the targets included in the vicinity of Tripoli: 2 Ammunition Storages, 1 Bunker and 1 Surface to Air location. In the vicinity of Misurata: 1 Pick-up truck, 3 Tanks, 2 Mobile Rocket Launcher, 3 Armoured Vehicles. In the
vicinity of Ajdabiya 1 Mobile Rocket Launcher

Reuters15:31 Reuters Qatar pledges $400-500 million for a fund to help the Libyan council pay public sector salaries and other expenses, Qatari Prime Minister Hammad bin Jassim al-Thani said on Thursday.

Reuters11:38 Reuters The Red Star One, carrying 1,138 people evacuated from Misrata, has arrived in Benghazi. Among the evacuees 827 migrants and 311 Libyans, 36 were wounded.

Reuters10:24 Reuters Ministers from the NATO-backed coalition against Muammar Gaddafi will discuss ways of increasing diplomatic, economic and political pressure on the Libyan leader at a meeting on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. Speaking at a news conference in Rome, Clinton said the group would also discuss ways of providing financial and other aid to Libyan opposition.

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11 Responses to May 5th Updates

  1. Assad belongs to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’a Islam in a country where the majority are Sunnis. His father Hafez ruled Syria for 30 years, and was succeeded on his death by Bashar.
    The elder Assad extended Alawite control of the army, which is now led by mostly Alawite officers and effectively controlled by Maher al-Assad, military experts say.
    The army and pervasive security apparatus underpin the power structure in Syria, fulcrum of several Middle Eastern conflicts. The ruling hierarchy has an anti-Israel alliance with Iran, but has kept the Golan Heights frontier with the Jewish state quiet since a cease-fire brokered by the United States in 1974. (Writing by Yara Bayoumy; additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed in Rome; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
    Assad, like Gaddaffi, is an Israeli puppet………And that’s a fact jack…Never lose sight of that……….And…It seems he is going to take the proactive step of arresting the intellectuals…..It would be in the best interest of all free thinkers and those who seek democracy for themselves, to offer the sanctuary of their shores to those on his list…They can be intermediaries for those on the ground and those who support them worldwide…..

    • Assad is emboldened by the delays in Libya….He senses that the international coimmunity is not committed….It is a war that apparently has to be fought. It is a world war..As we break through their corruption, they will be forced to choose open and substantial violence, imprisonment or death in the most corrupt of the sociesties…The point of atack is in the army itself…Assad uses spies…What is he telling his army…..WHo exactly is his brother….What cruelty has he engaged in in his past…Who are the people that work directly for him, …What senior military does Gaddaffi still have left……..Whose sons are willing to engage in such atrocities……..

  2. J. Shriner says:

    Hmmm…interesting and helpful analysis ankh. Thanks.

    • J. Shriner says:

      But stupid too :|

      • William Scott Scherk says:

        Yes, very stupid analysis. Hitler was a jew? Hmmm. I think the nicest interpretation is that John was making fun of the preceding stupid commentary. Or John is completely kooked out on Jews. If so, I hope he has no children.

  3. 11:38 Reuters The Red Star One, carrying 1,138 people evacuated from Misrata, has arrived in Benghazi. Among the evacuees 827 migrants and 311 Libyans, 36 were wounded.

    Shhhhhhhhhhhh…………….you have to treat the migrants fair, but there are inevitably some gaddaffiites among themm……..Keep them separate………what about the water tunnels…what about the water tunnels

  4. “What we mean is ceasing all fire, withdrawing all armies from cities, full humanitarian access. What we are seeing is that all these objectives should be achieved (within seven days). To make a genuine ceasefire we have to put these mechanisms in place.”

    Gaddaffi has dirt on all of them….The council is a joke that Younis tells,………Gaddaffi may seem to have the upper hand, but it has to fray the nerves of the west to live under seige…………….What is the status of Al Zawiyah, and is there no hard evidence of rebels geurilla activity in the west….Who holds the border post from the western mountains….

  5. In Zintan, southwest of Tripoli, a rebel spokesman said NATO planes struck Gaddafi’s forces near weapons depots west of the rebel-held town.

    “Around eight-to-10 missiles landed there. A witness who was near the area confirmed that,” the spokesman, Abdulrahman, told Reuters by telephone. He said the area was 30 km (18 miles) from Zintan.

    Earlier, Abdulrahman said pro-Gaddafi forces had fired about 50 Russian-made Grad rockets into Zintan on Thursday.

    Near the border with Tunisia, a rebel fighter told Reuters there was intense fighting between rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces in the area of the village of Ghezaya.

    The village lies between the Dehiba-Wazin border crossing, which is in rebel hands, and the town of Nalut where residents said Gaddafi loyalists had been shelling rebel positions. Rebels on the border say they are preparing for an attempt by Gaddafi’s forces to retake the crossing

  6. Saurabh says:

    Its Sheer Madness, that takes place in the begining of every Century….lasts for 40-45 years and then again in last 10 years of any Century…there is barbaric behaviour seen in humans. In killing each other, we are ruthlessely destroying nature. What happened in Japan, this will happen to every nation…Nature’s Reply: Revenge. Cut Humans the way they cut trees

    • J. Shriner says:

      Ah saurabh, you see a ‘cycle’ of human destruction that is mirrored by Mother Nature. Well, I do kind of think ‘she’ is annoyed with humans…but as during all ages past, we struggle for the best life we can have, against *all* odds.

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