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Tripoli battle victims toll rising

The UN has recorded close to 350 people killed, including 22 civilians, and over 1,650 wounded, including 74 civilians. human rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet informed, expressing serious concerns . The actual number of civilians killed or injured “is likely to be higher”, she added.

The Tripoli counter-terrorism operation led by the LNA became the biggest military confrontation in Libya since the 2011 assassination of Muammar Gaddafi, This week fighting have intensified again with both sides using heavy artillery.

Fighting broke out in Tripoli at the beginning of April, when Marshall Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the Libyan National Army, announced counter-terrorist operation, liberating Tripoli from militia, keeping the city hostage, also preventing diplomats and international community to return to the capital.  By the second week of the month, casualties were hundreds of killed and wounded, and thousands of displaced.

While regional and international players support the rival factions, the battle for Tripoli continues.

Kremlin consent to Gaddafi’s son political ambitions

Saif al-Islam, the son of the assassinated Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, should have a chance to run for the country’s top office, a high-ranking Russian diplomat said.
“Our position is that no one should be isolated and excluded from a constructive political role,” Mikhail Bogdanov Deputy Foreign Minister told Russian RIA Novosti news agency. Saif al-Islam has the backing of specific tribes in Libya and all this should be part of the overall political process.” But not only, what Russian diplomat did not mention is backing of al-Islam by Libyans in exile, willing to return home. In a recent survey 92% of Libyans in Egypt are supporting the restoration of Gaddafi ‘dynasty’.

The report on Saif al-Islam’s contacts with Russia is part of a larger narrative about Russia’s role in the conflict-torn country, which was disintegrated after the NATO-backed uprising overthrew Gaddafi in 2011.

After the assassination of his powerful father, Saif al-Islam spent years as a prisoner of militias in the western Libyan city of Zintan. Gaddafi’s heir has long declared his intention to run for Libyan presidency.

The restoration of Gaddafi family rule can be interesting for all those who are willing to return the vanished treasures of Colonel Gaddafi to Libyan people, and restore the interrupted contracts with multiple foreign companies.

However the re-establishing of Saif al-Islam on political scene would meet opposition of both incumbent leaders in Tripoli and Benghazi, who became opponents of the Colonel, and according to his family “betrayed” him in an attempt of power grab.

It would also re-open the requests of the investigation of the circumstances of the backed by the West coup d’état in 2011, and reasons behind Colonel Gaddafi lynching.

“The death of Muammar Gaddafi, on 20th October 2011 in Syriais one of the questions to should be clarified. There are serious suspicions about it being a war crime“, said Luis Moreno-Campo  the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague one month after the incident. The investigation of the circumstances of Gaddafi death was never carried out, on contrary it was “blessed’ by Hillary Clinton, the US State Secretary, who openly cheered when receiving the news.

Gaddafi‘s death closes a very unfortunate chapter in Libya‘s history‘, Hillary Clinton said, however life showed contrary, the overwhelming majority of Libyans refer to Gaddafi rule as ‘Golden Age’.

After the coup d’état till present Libya is considered as a failed state caught in turmoil of a ongoing conflict, a play ground of international terrorist groups like ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al-Nushrah and many others.

 

 

 

Libya remains in political deadlock

The UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame expressed hope for  another attempt to hold an election by June 2019 after he abandoned scheduled one for December this year, but he added that Libyans should first use a national conference early 2019 to decide on the poll’s format. Ambassador expressed himself at margins of the conference taking place on 12-13 of November “For Libya with Libya” in Palermo, Italy.

The diplomat announced the decision  to abandon plans of this year elections scheduled  on December 10 after a break out of violence, which has not come to the halt since the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi  in 2011. However it is not clear if the adjusted new schedule will go through after the rejection of the the major political rival of he Western-backed Chairman of the Natiional Accord Governemnt in Tripoli Fayez Al-Sarraj to take part in the tailored discussion on the second day of the conference.

Reportedly Marshall Khalifa Haftar aides indicated that the commander, in case he arrives, will discuss exclusively combating terrorism and will not attend plenary sessions on November, 12 focused on finding a modality for a political deal to end ongoing fighting among Libya‘s multiple militias and other factions.

The Conference on Libya is hosted by Prime minister Guiseppe Conte, whose chances of making it into a success are slim in absence of will to compromise between two major rivals – Al-Sarraj and Haftar, and lack of interest from the leadership of France and Germany, who did not attend the  event.

“It’s fundamental to seize this opportunity to back the cease-fire, to facilitate discussions for the realizations of new security assets in Tripoli and to show the international community’s determination to sustain the creation and deployment of regular armed forces and security forces,Conte was quoted as interviewed by La Stampa.

Sarkozy in custody over Libyan funding

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is held in police custody for questioning by magistrates over the allegations of funding from Libyan sources for his 2007 election campaign, an official in the French judiciary said.

A former minister Brice Hortefeux, was also being questioned by police on in relation to the Libya investigation, another source close to the probe said.

Information about Sarkozy campaign funding from Libya have been circulating for a decade, however is it just this morning Sarkozy was questioned on the issue.

A French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine has publicly repeated claims that the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gave €50m to fund Nicolas Sarkozy’s successful 2007 campaign for the French presidency.

In a film published on the news website Mediapart, Ziad Takieddine, who introduced Sarkozy to Gaddafi, insists he handed over cases stuffed with cash to the former French leader and his chief of staff, Claude Guéant.

Colonel Gaddafi’s son liberated by militants

 

Said al-Islam Gaddafi –  the youngest son of the assassinated Colonel Gaddafi (+20.10.2011) the longstanding leader of Libya – has been realised by the supporters of his father, according to sources from Tobruk Parliament.

The mean stream media (MSM) does not inform about the detail of his liberation. According to the BBC sources,  Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, second son of  Col Muammar Gaddafi, is said to have been freed “under an amnesty”. His father’s preferred successor, he had been held by a militia in the town of Zintan for the past six years after Gaddafi’s assassination,

“The death of Muammar Gaddafi on the 20th of October last year in Syrte is one of the questions to be clarified. There is a serious suspicion that this act was one of the war crimes” – said Luis Moreno-Camp the General prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) commenting on the death  (Le Figaro, 16 December 2011). At the moment it is unclear is Saif Al Islam would launch a legal action to investigate the assassination of his father, casting a long shadow on the Western leaders, especially on former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The assassination of Colonel Gaddafi lead to collapse of the Libyan state, and taking over of the immense Libyan territories by multiple groups of jihadists  – the consequences the Western leaders have not foreseen, when they started to bombard Libya, violating  the UN resolution 1973. The assassination of Gaddafi, and subsequent collapse of Libyan state became a detonator of an ongoing #migrantcrisis in Europe.