Sunday, April 24, 2011

McCain calls in Benghazi that recognizes rebels

U.S. Senator John McCain, on a visit this Friday in the rebel stronghold Libya, Benghazi, has asked the "international community" to recognize and arming the insurgents. On the streets of Benghazi, hundreds of people have welcomed the visit of the senator, who has called for the shipment of arms to rebel.

"They need weapons and training," he insisted. Shortly thereafter, Admiral Michael Mullen replied in a press conference in Baghdad: "That will not come." McCain has come this morning to Libya's second city, just a day after it was learned that the U.S. has approved sending drones ('drones', the same used against Taliban strongholds) against the forces gadafistas.

The Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency in the last elections, met with the leaders of the rebellion, before the call during a press conference "to recognize the Transitional National Council as the legitimate voice of the Libyan people." "They have earned this right," insisted the senator, adding that Benghazi was for him "a powerful example and hopeful that [can] be a free Libya." France, Qatar, Italy and Gambia are by far the countries that have recognized the CNT as a major partner in Libya.

That same Wednesday, President Nicolas Sarkozy Gallo received the President of the CNT, Mustafa Abdelyalil, at the Elysee. Indeed, sources close to the head of state Gallo told on Friday that Sarkozy intends to make a brief trip to Benghazi. "No date but it will. Is being prepared, will be fast, probably in May, during the first two weeks of the month, those sources have told Reuters.

The highest American personality who has traveled to Libya since the beginning of the riots in mid-February, McCain was greeted by hundreds protesters shouting "Free Libya, Gaddafi go, thanks America, thanks Obama!". His visit is a great moment for us because it means that Americans of all opinions are with the Libyans, "he told AFP Fayruz Naas, a teacher who has come to cheer the senator.

McCain, one of the most ardent American supporters of military intervention in Libya, has used his visit to dispel the belief of an Islamic threat in Libya. "I find great fighters. There are people of Al Qaeda," he said. The senator and defended on 13 April that the U.S. participate again in military operations in Libya, ensuring that NATO forces had no attack.

This Thursday, Washington announced the shipping of 'drones' armed, two of which would be permanently dedicated to the mission in Libya. "We hope this can end the siege of Misrata" rebellious city 200 km from Tripoli, the grip of a genuine urban guerrillas between insurgents and government forces, said Mustafa al-Guerriani, spokesman for the CNT.

"The 'drones' have successfully beaten the forces of Gaddafi, has secured a rebel combantiente come from the Eastern front, currently located between the city of Ajdabiya (160 km south of Benghazi and gateway to the rebel stronghold) and the enclave Brega oil, 80 km further west. A senior military commander said Thursday that the first mission of 'drones' was scheduled that day, but he had to be aborted due to weather conditions.

"They will kill more civilians," said however, the deputy foreign minister of the regime, Khaled Kaim. NATO continued its attacks on Thursday, announcing eight destroying ammunition depots near Tripoli and seven tanks near Misrata, Ajdabiya and Brega. Although Allied air strikes against Libyan leader's forces have been damaged or rendered unusable by 30% and 40% of them, clashes between rebels and troops gadafistas appear headed to a standstill, as recognized U.S.

Friday. Further south, the gadafistas this week have attacked a fire station in a major oil enclave, 250 km south of Tobruk, in the eastern desert, killing eight guards, according to an official said on Friday the Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCA), an oil group close to the insurgents. In the mountainous area southeast of Tripoli, where fighting has left dozens dead since a week ago, the rebels took control on Thursday of one of the main border with Tunisia, among Wazzan (Libya) and Dehiba (Tunisia).

In the last two weeks, 15,000 Libyans have fled to Tunisia in this area and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR) feared that this is not just the beginning of an exodus "much more important." According to the UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 550,000 people have fled the country by fighting since February and the flow has not stopped.

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