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Armed Westerners in Libya Working for Arab Govts?

by John Reed on June 2, 2011

So reports are now surfacing that say those six armed western-looking dudes filmed talking to Libyan rebels near Misurata last week may be mercs hired by wealthy Arab states who are participating in the operations to oust Gadhafi.

From the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper:

One possibility is that the men could be former British special forces, working privately. It has long been thought that Britain has boots on the ground in Libya. In March it was announced that Britain was sending advisers to the country to provide ‘logistical advice’ to rebels fighting in the east of the country.

The Mail has been told that ex-SAS mercenaries, funded by Arab states, could be used as forward air controllers for the rebels, calling in pinpoint air strikes on Gaddafi’s forces.

One source said: ‘We could indirectly employ former military people. A lot of the oil companies over there already have ex-special forces personnel working there.’

As we wrote earlier this week, it’s already been acknolwedged that they are likely ex-SAS and other special operators. Who knows, maybe they’re even part of Blackwater USA founder Eric Prince’s new effort to raise a small merc army for the UAE, a country that is participating in enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya.

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Zap June 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I thought mercenaries were specifically banned by the UNSC from entering and working in Libya ?

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Ripberger June 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Maybe they are not "mercenaries/PMCs" but rather "Humanitarian Assistance Teams" or some lawyer-term that exploits loopholes in the UNSC's ruling against mercenaries? Then again, I thought the UNSC rulings prohibited ground troops from Libyan soil? If that's true, then "mercenaries" would not legally qualify as "ground troops" or "soldiers." I mean, technically we don't have US "combat" troops in Iraq, but "Advise and Assist" brigades.

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Olternaut June 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm

What the living hell is going on???

Why are wealthy Arab states financing all of these mid-east "revolutions"? True warriors out there should have their alarm bells being rung right about now if not since this stuff began. There is something about all of this that is EXTREMELY unsettling to me and makes me suspicious of whatever is happening behind the scenes.

Somebody out there wake the hell up!

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anon June 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Considering Bahrain is in the middle of its own counter-revolutionary suppression, it's hard to point the finger at "wealthy Arab states".

Allegedly this started in Tunisia and spread to Egypt, the former not exactly important to the United States, and the latter essentially an oligarchy approved by the United States. Syria is no friend of the US either, and in Lebanon (home to Hezbollah, no friend to America) things are strangely quiet.

There really isn't much of a pattern to this madness. American allies Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia (plus the other nations of the Persian Gulf) remain safe. Nations of interest like Iran, Yemen, Turkey and Lebanon remain untouched by the violence. Nations we don't like so much like Libya and Syria are dealing with the violence. I doubt Iran is responsible for the chaos, or they would have spared Syria.

Maybe people just want regime change. They're tired of military autocrats who got to the top by promising death to the Zionists; while some made deals with the Great Satan and got rich while they got poor, or exploited some material wealth (oil) and created a rich class and a poor class. And if a largely secular military (imposed in the secular Soviet or mostly secular American tradition) cannot do the job, then they may turn to a civilian government, which may be secular or religious, and in religious they may be inspired by religion (as in the case of the US) or ruled in literal accordance to religious texts (Saudi Arabia, Taliban Afghanistan…)

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zenkayaker February 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

dude there are only so many "fish&chip"places for all thier trained folk—pay attention AMERICA !!!!! you train us and then all we are good for is McDONALDS [sorry] and WALMART[sorry],seems like a f-cking waste to me[just my 2cents ] I love my country but fear my gov !!!!!

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WJS June 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

There's a car that has an air-cooled fiberglass engine and it runs on water. It runs on water maaaan! The oil companies and the government are in it together to keep you down man.

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