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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Benghazi Sitrep 08/26/14/11330PDT


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THIS IN FROM THE LIBYA HERALD--

Libya Herald

Heavy casualties as Benghazi clashes rage on

By Noora Ibrahim
Benghazi, 25 August 2014:
A Saiqa Special Forces officer has been killed and seven Operation Dignity members wounded in fighting in Benghazi with reports of at least nine members of Ansar Al-Sharia also killed.
Head of Saiqa Special Forces Investigations Unit Fadel Al-Hassi identified the dead man as Al-Mijrisi.
The names of the wounded individuals have not been released with the exception of Hassi’s own brother, Nasr Faraj Al-Hassi, an Air Force officer who was wounded yesterday by mortar fire in Sidi Mansour. He has been taken to Marj Hospital where he is said to be in a stable condition.
A spokesperson at Jalaa Hospital told the Libya Herald that four of the Operation Dignity wounded had arrived there but had been transferred to Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC). At BMC doctors said a total of nine dead from Ansar Al-Sharia had been brought in but that the body of prominent Islamist Mohammed Abu Azzah was not among them.
Azzah, an Algerian and a leading figure within Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was killed fighting alongside Ansar Al-Sharia on Saturday. The head of Operation Dignity’s air forces Saqr Adam Geroushi confirmed the death but said Ansar had retained Azzah’s body. He added that there have been increasing reports of foreign fighters fighting alongside Ansar Al-Sharia and its allies.
Hassi also said three rocket propelled grenades, fired by Ansar, had hit Labraq Airport but without causing any casualties or material losses. He explained that Ansar had fired at the airport, one of the last to remain open in the whole of the country, from their southern stronghold at the port of Ras Hilal. In the past, Operation Dignity has claimed that Ansar uses the port for gun-running.

Benina Airport and its approach, including the nearby district of Buatni, have continued to witness the worst of the fighting in Benghazi over the last two days. The majority of residents in the area have nonetheless left their homes following weeks of clashes during which Saiqa Special Forces’ main base in Benghazi was overrun by Ansar. Ansar was said to be building up for an assault on the airport itself before being pushed back last week from Benina by Saiqa.
The airport and the nearby Air Defence Brigade’s camp remain among the last positions in the area held by forces loyal to Operation Dignity.
Operation Dignity has carried out bombings on a number of locations in the city, Hassi said, including Gwarsha, a Islamist stronghold. The attacks by Dignity’s Airforces have become almost common-place with regular airstrikes on Islamist positions since the beginning of the campaign.



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LIBYA HERALD DETAILS OF THE RAIDS:
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A member of the Misratan Military Council claimed yesterday that the Egyptian Air Force had carried out the Airport Road attack, claiming that a plane was spotted on the radar accompanied by an air fuel tanker.

Obeidi said the missiles used, one of which is said to have been identified as a US made Mark 83 general purpose bomb, could only have been dropped using in-flight targeting technology, unavailable to the Libyan air force. He added that the weapons had been used with extreme precision.

 

THE TARGETS:  (LIBYA TODAY)--

The first strikes took place on Monday last week focusing on targets in Tripoli held by the militias, including a small weapons depot, according to the Times. Six people were killed in the bombing.
A second round was conducted south of the city early Saturday targeting rocket launchers, military vehicles and a warehouse, the newspaper said.


THE IBT REPORT: 1300PDT--

Those jets included six Lockheed Martin F-16E and F models and six French-made Dassault Mirage 2000. The F-16s flown by the Emirates are the most advanced available, a step ahead of the C/D models used by the U.S Air Force, and are equipped with several types of precision strike weapons.
It’s therefore likely some of the about 80 F-16 Desert Falcons currently fielded by the Emirates were used to hit Tripoli. (The Mirages, while also capable of firing precision air-to-ground weapons, are primarily used for air defense and therefore less probable candidates for the Libya strikes.)

 Defense Industry Daily reported Emirati pilots began training on the Desert Falcon in Arizona in 2004, and the first jets were delivered in 2005. With a mission range of about 1,000 miles, the F-16s would have needed air refueling to get to Tripoli and back. The military aviation analysis site Scramble said the closest Egyptian air base to the Libyan border is at Mersa Matruh, putting the F-16 at 1,660 miles (1,300 km) to Tripoli and back.
The Emirates’ Airbus A330 flying tankers, recently delivered from the assembly line in France, would have been waiting, probably over the Mediterranean Sea, to refuel the jets.  


UPDATED SITREP:
AIR STRIKE DEBRIEF (NYTIMES SUMMARY)--

-Egypt played no role in the strikes but was believed to have allowed the UAE aircraft a forward base of ops.
-UAE provided the pilots, aircraft and refueling.
-Unclear if American munitions were used in the sorties.

INTELSITREP NOTE: IT IS UNCLEAR JUST HOW THE AIRCRAFT MANAGED TO GET TO EGYPT FORWARD OPERATING BASE WITHOUT HAVING FLOWN OVER AT LEAST SAUDI ARABIA; WHICH MEANS AIRSPACE CLEARANCE WAS GRANTED AND THE SAUDIS KNEW OF THE MISSION IN ADVANCE. IT ALSO POSES THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THE UNITED STATES IS COMING CLEAN AS TO ITS PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE MISSION, WHICH THE WHITE HOUSE HAS FLATLY DENIED, CALLING IT "TAKEN BY SURPRISE."



INTELREPS:

YOUR MIDDLE EAST--
US officials said on Monday that the United Arab Emirates jets launched two attacks in seven days on the Islamists in Tripoli using bases in Egypt.
 "The UAE carried out those strikes," one US official told AFP

FINANCIAL TIMES--
The New York Times reported that Washington had not been consulted before the air strikes and said that US officials were “fuming” with anger.

DAILY MAIL--
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that Egypt and U.A.E. had carried out the strikes.

 Tripoli's international airport suffered heavy damage on Aug. 24 after war planes attacked targets throughout the Libyan city. The U.S. Tuesday said Egypt and the U.A.E. were responsible for the strikes.


HERES A COMPROMISING REPORT JUST IN FROM THE CBC CANADA--
One official says the two countries and Saudi Arabia have been supporting a renegade general's effort for months against Libyan militant groups, but that the Saudis don't appear to have played a role in recent strikes.
Another official says the U.S. knew about Egyptian and U.A.E. plans for a possible operation and warned them against going through with the effort.


AHRAM ONLINE--
 Libyan Islamists who say they have seized Tripoli airport accused the United Arab Emirates and Egypt on Saturday of involvement in two air raids against their forces in the past week.

INTELSITREP NOTE: THERE ARE NO ARTICLES THAT DETAIL EXACTLY HOW OPERATION DAWN CAME BY THE INFORMATION THAT IT WAS INDEED A JOINT EGYPT-UAE MISSION BEHIND THE TWO REPORTED SORTIES.


 
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BBC FILES THIS PHOTO AS:
 "Planes have been badly damaged by fighting at the airport"


..FROM THE TAIL SECTION, THIS PLANE BELONGS TO LIBYAN AIR LINES AND ANOTHER PHOTO SHOWS IT WHEN IT WAS SERVICEABLE:

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5A-LAI Libyan Airlines Airbus A320-214 taken 06. Sep 2013 at Istanbul - Ataturk (IST / LTBA) airport, Turkey by Natalie Brüggemann

5A-LAI Libyan Airlines Airbus A320-214 (Natalie Bruggemann)--Istanbul; 09/06/13.


THE MISRATA MILITIA OF "OPERATION DAWN" NOW CONTROLS THE AIRPORT AND THE BBC FILED THIS REPORT TODAY:

US officials say Egypt and the UAE were behind air strikes in Libya last week that targeted Islamist-linked militia.

A senior US official told the BBC that Washington was not consulted about the attacks and was "caught off-guard".
The air strikes on militia positions around Tripoli's international airport were reportedly carried out by Emirati fighter jets using bases in Egypt.
The Egyptian authorities have denied involvement, and there has been no direct comment from the UAE. 


Europe Online Magazine - ‎9 minutes ago‎
Yahoo News UK - ‎10 minutes ago‎
The Japan Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
Foreign Policy - ‎2 hours ago‎
seattlepi.com - ‎4 hours ago‎


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FOLLOWING REPORT FILED:

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya's Interior Ministry, along with the country's the U.N. ambassador and the commander of the air force, backed a renegade general's offensive against Islamist lawmakers and extremist militias, further building support Wednesday for a campaign the government has described as a coup.
The show of support for Gen. Khalifa Hifter appears to have triggered a heavy backlash.
Libya's navy chief Brig. Gen. Hassan Abu-Shanaq, some of whose units have allied with Hifter, was wounded in an assassination attempt in the capital, Tripoli, early Wednesday, along with his driver and a guard, the official news agency LANA said. The night before, the air forces headquarters in Tripoli came under a rocket attack but no casualties were reported.

 


In a boost for Hifter, Libya's U.N. envoy, Ambassador Ibrahim al-Dabashi, announced his support Wednesday, saying the general's campaign is "not a coup ... but a nationalist move."

Al-Dabashi backed Hifter's demands for the suspension of parliament and for the transfer of all powers to a caretaker government, and he called for Libya to be purged of militias. He urged Hifter and his loyalists not to interfere in politics but to restrict themselves to building cohesive military forces.

 A militia umbrella group that backs parliament's Islamists, the Libyan Revolutionaries Operation Room, called on militia fighters working under the Interior Ministry and military to withdraw

The night before, Col. Gomaa al-Abbani, the chief commander of Libya's air force, backed Hifter in a televised address.

Shortly after al-Abbani's speech, several rockets reportedly targeted military bases in Tripoli as attackers looted and set fire to offices belonging to the air force. The explosions rattled residents but there was no word on casualties.



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  “We (SAAQA)  are joining the “operation of dignity” launched by the Libyan National Army with all our men and weapons,” said Colonel Wanis Abu Khamada, of the name given to the operation launched by rogue General Khalifa Haftar.
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 Algeria has also imposed restrictions on border crossings, allowing only Algerian citizens to cross from Libya and only Libyan citizens into Libya, a security source said.
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 “The Torbuk air force base will join...the army under the command of General Khalifa Qassim Haftar,” the statement said. Staff at the air base confirmed its authenticity.
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Saudi Arabia closed its embassy in Tripoli and evacuated its diplomatic staff due to security reasons on Monday.
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No-fly in Benghazi effective until May 25.
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 Benghazi’s naval base was the latest military facility to defect to the rebel ranks. It said in a statement that it was joining “the operation of dignity.”




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ESCAPE FROM TRIPOLI... 
 FOLLOWING REPORTS FILED:

CNN --The U.S. military has doubled the number of aircraft ... to evacuate Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, CNN has ... 

 

GLOBAL POST Washington is closely monitoring an upsurge of violence in Libya, but has not decided yet whether to order the closure of its embassy in Tripoli, a US official said Monday. Libyan gunmen stormed parliament in southern Tripoli on Sunday, hot on the heels of...

ARAB NEWS-- Saudi Ambassador Al-Ali said all Saudi diplomats in Libya were flown out in a decision made “in coordination with the Libyan side.” He added that the mission ... On Friday, Algeria sent a special forces team into Tripoli to evacuate its ambassador and embassy staff following threats. Algeria has also ... Turkey is one of the last countries to maintain a diplomatic presence in Benghazi, where the US ambassador was killed during an attack by Islamist militants on the American diplomatic mission in the port city in 2012.   

AL-ARABIYA
Around 50 Sonatrach workers were working in Libya, and all will be out within two days, the source said. On Friday, Algeria sent a special forces team into Tripoli to evacuate its ambassador and embassy staff following threats, according to Reuters. 




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FOLLOWING REPORT FILED:


Saudi Arabia closed its embassy in Tripoli on Monday and evacuated all its diplomats over "security" concerns in Libya, the SPA state news agency reported, AFP reports. 


The Saudi ambassador to Libya Mohammed Mahmud al-Ali told SPA the kingdom's consulate in Libya was also closed "due to the current circumstances and the security situation."He said all diplomats in Libya were flown out of the North African country.

 A vehicle destroyed by clashes on the road leading to Tripoli's airport - 19 May 2014


DAILY STAR:

 The Saudi Embassy isn’t the first to be shuttered in the face of renewed fighting in the Libyan capital. On Saturday, Algeria also suspended its functions in the crisis-hit country, saying that the ongoing turmoil in Libya posed threats to its diplomats in the country.





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عاجل : قطع خدمة الانترنت علي مدينة بنغازي

Urgent: cut off Internet service to the city of Benghazi


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نوري ابوسهمين يصدر قرار بإستجلاب درع الوسطي من مصراتة الي طرابلس لإستخدامهم في تأمينها و تأمين مقر المؤتمر الوطني المتهاوي

Nuri father arrows decision to bring Central shield from misratah to Tripoli for use in secure and lock collapsing National Congress headquarters
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قناة ليبيا الدولية Libya International Channel
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عاجل | مسلحون يعتدون على مقر شركة تجارية مملوكة لمدير قناة ليبيا اولا في العاصمة الليبية طرابلس ويحرقو مقر الشركة بالكامل .
Urgent | Gunmen attacked the headquarters of a trading company owned by the Director of the first channel of Libya in Tripoli weiharko corporate headquarters


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قناة ليبيا الدولية Libya International Channel
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عاجل : القوات الخاصة تقصف الان بصواريخ الجراد احد المواقع التي انطلقت منها الصواريخ بإتجاه قاعدة بنينا في بنغازي
Urgent: special forces bombard now Grad a site which rockets towards the base built in Benghazi




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FOLLOWING:(AFP)

"We, members of the army and revolutionaries (former rebels), announce the suspension of the General National Congress," said Mokhtar Fernana, reading out a statement broadcast.
Earlier, heavy gunfire and clashes broke out in the south of the Libyan capital, near the country's interim parliament whose members were evacuated.
Witnesses and an MP said the clashes erupted on Sunday after a convoy of armoured vehicles entered Tripoli from the airport road and headed for the General National Congress (GNC).
GNC members were evacuated after gunmen in civilian clothes attacked the building, according to a member of the interim parliament, who was unable to identify the assailants.



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But some witnesses said the gunmen were members of the powerful Zintan brigades, made up of former rebels who fought late dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.
The groups from Zintan now control areas in southern Tripoli around the airport.
They said a column of smoke billowed over the GNC building after gunmen set fire to an annex, and that several cars parked nearby had been damaged.
Roads leading to parliament were also sealed off, as Tripoli residents rushed home.
Later, the gunmen were seen pulling back to their base and gunfire was heard along the airport road, witnesses said.


 



 


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A CNN correspondent in Tripoli could hear intense blasts and gunfire coming from the road to the city's airport. Roads were being blocked off, according to eyewitnesses.
Fighting appears to have spread to several parts of Tripoli and roads are being blocked off, according to eyewitnesses.
One of those people told the correspondent that he and his family are leaving their Abu Salim neighborhood, which is in the southern suburbs of the capital where fighting has increased and militias are engaged in battle on the street.
The man said he saw a shell hit a neighborhood building along the airport road and that a fire had started.



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