[A-List] "US UK, French forces land in Libya"
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Fri Mar 4 13:53:28 MST 2011
March 4, 2001
US UK, French forces land in Libya
Islamabad—The United States, Britain and France have sent several hundred
“defence advisors” to train and support the anti-Gadhafi forces in oil-rich
Eastern Libya where “rebels armed groups” have apparently taken over.
According to an exclusive report confirmed by a Libyan diplomat in the
region “the three Western states have landed their “special forces troops in
Cyrinacia and are now setting up their bases and training centres” to
reinforce the rebel forces who are resisting pro-Qaddafi forces in several
A Libyan official who requested not to be identified said that the U.S. and
British military gurus were sent on February 23 and 24 night through
American and French warships and small naval boats off Libyan ports of
Benghazi and Tobruk.
The Western forces are reportedly preparing to set-up training bases for
local militias set-up by the rebel forces for an effective control of the
oil-rich region and counter any push by pro- Qaddafi forces from Tripoli.
Other reports claim that efforts to “neutralize” the Libyan Air Force were
also underway to limit Qaddafi’s rule in Tripoli if not fully uprooted from
Meanwhile, three Indian Navy warships, are also being dispatched to be
deployed in the rebel-held areas of Libya.
According to reports the Indian Navy has already sent two warships plus one
its largest amphibious vessel INS Jalashwa. According to defence experts
“Jalshwa” is the largest ship of Indian Navy which was delivered by the U.S.
four years ago. Jalashwa, formaly the USS Trenton, has the capability to
embark, transport & land various elements of an amphibious force & its
equipped with mechanised landing craft, Sea King helicopters & armed with
raders, ship to air missiles & rapid firing guns.
Experts say that Indian ship Jalashwa has a Landing Platform Dock with a
capability 1000 fully armed troops. The warship is also used for maritime
surveillance, special operations, search & rescue and to undertake other
March 3, 2011
Brief military operation in Libya may not be against intl law - Russian
envoy to NATO
MOSCOW. March 3 (Interfax) - A brief military operation in Libya could be in
compliance with international law, Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin
"If we talk about a special brief operation, there should be solid reasons
for this," Rogozin said in an interview published in the Thursday issue of
Such reasons could be the protection of one's own citizens, their lives and
dignity, the salvation of hostages, or the prevention of an act of sabotage
against an embassy, he said.
"In these cases, international law does not rule out the use of special
troops. But such an operation should be limited in space and time. If
special forces start siding with one of the forces confronting each other in
a civilian conflict, this would be gross interference in a foreign state's
internal affairs," he said.
Rogozin also doubted that the developments in Libya could replay the Iraq
"What we saw in Iraq was an outright aggression against a foreign state on a
farfetched pretext. Here we are talking about an attempt to climb the
opposition's back to mess into the affairs of a state, which, by the way, is
one of the largest energy exporters. Obviously would be better to refrain
from saber-rattling. The sanctions that have been adopted by the [United
Nations] Security Council are quite enough," he said.
"If the Americans understand that they might be dragged into a big war like
the one in Iraq or Afghanistan, they will cross themselves and take to their
heels. Perhaps now they believe a blitzkrieg won't damage their image. But
this will backfire on them sooner or later," Rogozin said.
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