‘Moderate Muslim’ slits three daughters’ throats… for being raped

A Muslim father in Misrata, Libya slit his 15, 17 and 18-year old daughters’ throats due to his ‘humiliation’ that they were raped by Gadhafi loyalists (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).

The horrific story was one of a number to emerge from Misrata after the group sent in a team of interviewers in June to catalogue human rights abuses just after Libyan forces expelled Gaddafi loyalists. Continue reading

Libya’s war from above: on board the RAF’s E-3D spy plane

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The cockpit of an RAF E-3D aircraft at the Trapani military base in Sicily Photo: JANE MINGAY

The RAF is using its E-3D spy plane to help protect Libya‘s civilians as the war rages between Mumamaar Gaddafi’s forces and rebel fighters. Sean Rayment delivers dispatch from on board this secret military jet.

8:45AM BST 29 May 2011

Thirty thousand feet above Libya, the war against Mumamaar Gaddafi is directed against the roar of aircraft noise by men hunched over banks of computer screens.

This is Magic 52, the RAF E-3D spy plane which is in charge of the effort to protect Libya’s civilians from the dictator.

Last week The Sunday Telegraph became the first newspaper on board the RAF jet whose equipment is one of Britain’s most closely-guarded military secrets.

From the airborne command, control and communication centre, a crew of highly-trained specialists direct every part of the bombing campaign. Continue reading

Captive Soldiers Tell of Discord in Libyan Army

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A tapestry of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi serves as a washroom mat at a rebel prison in Libya.

Bryan Denton for The New York Times

By C. J. CHIVERS Published: May 13, 2011

MISURATA, Libya — The army and militias of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, who for more than two months have fought rebels seeking to overthrow the Libyan leader, are undermined by self-serving officers, strained logistics and units hastily reinforced with untrained cadets, according to captured soldiers from their ranks.

Several of the prisoners were wounded or beaten when captured by rebel forces, but the warden has pushed for better treatment.

In interviews this week in a rebel-run detention center where more than 100 prisoners from the Libyan military are housed, the prisoners consistently described hardships in the field and officers who deceived or failed them. They spoke bitterly of their lot. Continue reading

Libya: has Nato made its first real mistake?

In Nato’s nearly two-month war in Libya, civilian casualties have been conspicuous by their almost complete absence. But in the early hours of this morning, did that change?

Around two hours ago, Gaddafi government spokespeople held a press conference here in Tripoli to give details of what, if true, would be the worst civilian killing since the bombing began.

According to the Libyans, eleven imams – part of a larger delegation on a peace mission across the front line – died today when Nato bombed their guesthouse in the town of Brega, around 500 miles to the east of the capital. Gruesome pictures of some of the dead were shown. Continue reading

More shelling in rebel-held Misrata in Libya; ‘NATO airstrikes are not enough’

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Libyan rebel fighters load a truck with ammunition on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, Libya, Saturday, April 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Curtiss

By Sebastian Abbot

Associated Press 7:45 a.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011

AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi’s forces poured rocket fire after dawn Saturday into Misrata, the only western city still in rebel hands, and weary residents who have endured more than a month of fighting angrily lashed out at NATO for failing to halt the deadly assault. Continue reading