Rebels Articles


400 Troops to Be Deployed to Train Syrian Rebels

8:12 AM, Jan 16, 2015

Gordon Lubold writes, at Defense One, that:

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Video: Libyan Rebels Swim, Belly-Flop in U.S. Embassy Pool in Tripoli?

Or is it a U.S. 'residential compound'?
7:13 AM, Sep 01, 2014

Here's video reportedly of Libyan rebels swimming (and doing a belly-flop) in the U.S. embassy pool in Tripoli:

And here's the raw video from the embassy:

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Obama ‘Impatient’ and ‘Disengaged’

The New York Times and Hurriyet on White House's incoherent and opaque Syria policy.
2:01 PM, Oct 23, 2013

A long New York Times story today details the quarrels and vicissitudes that have marked the Obama White House’s Syria policy over the last two and a half years.  Some senior officials wanted to arm the rebels to topple Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, while others pushed back.

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Sorting Out the Opposition to Assad

They’re not all jihadist dead-enders.
Sep 16, 2013

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry went against received wisdom—and against the assessment of the White House he works for—when he argued that Syrian opposition forces are not dominated by Islamic extremists. “I just don’t agree that a majority are al Qaeda and the bad guys,” Kerry argued in his congressional testimony. “There are about 70,000 to 100,000 oppositionists. .  .  . Maybe 15 percent to 25 percent might be in one group or another who are what we would deem to be bad guys.”

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Obama's Syria Policy a Mess

7:01 AM, Jun 15, 2013

Thursday the White House announced that the American intelligence community assesses, with a level of high confidence, that the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against the opposition multiple times, in a limited fashion. Now that it is clear Assad has crossed the Obama red line by using chemical weapons, the question is, has this changed the president’s “calculus,” as he said it might? The media is reporting that it has.

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Debating Democracy Under Fire in New Libya

9:40 PM, Apr 17, 2012

Zwara, Libya

As shells fell around the Amazigh city of Zwara on the evening of April 3, the city’s five tanks thundered back at its Arab neighbors in Rig Dalin. Men, ranging in age from their teens to their sixties, fought and supported the fighters—and updated the Zwara Media Center’s very active Facebook page. Also, they talked incessantly about the meaning of democracy, minority rights, gun control, and other topics usually left to less urgent settings.

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Rebuilding Libya—Without Oil

9:39 AM, Sep 02, 2011

As heartening as it is to see Muammar Qaddafi lose his grip on power, our expectations of Libya's future need to take into account this ethnically diverse country’s complicated reality. The biggest problem is Libya's enormous oil reserves.

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The War for Libya’s West Coast

8:35 AM, Sep 02, 2011

Libya—Here, west of Tripoli, the revolutionaries are fighting largely without direction from Benghazi's Transitional National Council. I’m traveling with three Sabratha fighters—Rowad, his brother Ahmed, and their cousin Mansur. The goal is to get to the frontline at Adjilat, where they plan to join a large force campaigning against one of the remaining groups of Qaddafi loyalists.

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Qaddafi Refuses Revolutionaries' Demands

9:57 AM, Aug 31, 2011

Yesterday, Libyan revolutionaries "gave Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s recalcitrant loyalists a four-day deadline Tuesday to surrender," the

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Revolutionaries Give Qaddafi's Loyalists Four Days

3:46 PM, Aug 30, 2011

The New York Times reports that Libyan revolutionaries have set a four-day deadline for Qaddafi's loyalists to surrender:

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The Fight for Zwara—and Liberty

6:44 PM, Aug 25, 2011

Zwara, Libya—We’ve arrived in Zwara, which is about 70 miles from Tripoli and 35 miles from the Tunisian border. It’s impossible to get out in any direction, though one could get out to sea, if one fancied a long boat trip.

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Qaddafi Loyalists Take Stand in Zwara

11:07 AM, Aug 24, 2011

Zwara, Libya—The coastal city of Zwara, near the Libya-Tunisia border, is under siege by pro-Qaddafi forces who continue to shell the city and appear to be the last of Qaddafi’s forces still fighting in Libya.

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10 Rebels Killed in Libya by Errant NATO Missile

11:16 AM, Aug 18, 2011

Jadu, Libya—Yesterday, around 4 p.m., 10 Jadu fighters, who were attempting to cut off the retreat of a column of Qaddafi militiamen, were killed by an errant NATO missile strike near Badr, Libya. Two other fighters are missing. The loss of ten, who included two commanders, is an unimaginable catastrophe in this closeknit town of 10,000 Amazigh or Berber citizens, which until yesterday had lost just 4 men in the revolutionary war.

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The Fight for Sabratha

1:26 PM, Aug 16, 2011

Western Libya—Only about thirty volunteers of the three hundred strong Martyr Wasam Qaliyah Brigade are gathered around former Libyan army general Senussi Mohamed as he outlines the plan for the liberation of the coastal city of Sabratha, about 90 kilometers north from Qaddafi’s forces. Crouched in a pleasant pine grove in Jafara Valley, just north of Zintan, they listen intently. This morning, they struck their camp in Jadu, in the western mountains, to join the Sabratha Brigade and volunteers from other cities in what’s planned as a big operation for this Lilliputian war, where groups of 100 or 200 barely trained volunteers skirmish in the streets of rundown cities.

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A Night at the Gravel Pit (Updated)

2:38 PM, Aug 04, 2011

Djerba, LibyaAs Saturday night wears on, the young men talk more and more confidently about an offensive they anticipate the next day, the big move 100 km north that will allow them to liberate their city of Sabratha. The mood is exultant, with some speculation that we will move forward at dawn.

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Russia’s Muddy Mediation in Libya

9:52 AM, Aug 02, 2011

Last month President Obama called his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, to “discuss a range of bilateral and international issues,” according to the White House, and to formally back Moscow’s arbitration in Libya. Meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov a day later in Washington, D.C., Obama reiterated “his support for Russia’s efforts to mediate a political solution in Libya.”

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Rebels in Libya Recognized by U.S.

12:01 PM, Jul 15, 2011

The State Department announced this morning that the U.S. would recognize the rebels in Libya "as the legitimate (governing) authority."

Here's the AP report:

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A Formula for Libya Unworthy of Our Country

12:15 PM, Apr 25, 2011

In April, the president decided to give non-lethal aid to the rebels seeking to overthrow the regime. No, not Libya. Not Obama. Not April 2011.

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The Libyan Standard of Resistance

3:01 PM, Mar 30, 2011

Western military support for the Libyan resistance has raised urgent questions about the character of those fighting against the Qaddafi dictatorship. Barack Obama’s speech on the Libya mission on Monday night did not specifically mention the rebels, as was quickly pointed out in an Associated Press analysis, though it repeatedly invoked the Libyan people and five times explicitly mentioned “the Libyan opposition.”

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