It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
NATO has started crisis talks about a transition to democracy, how to support the rebels and protect civilians, while one commentator warned: ''The country is now a landscape of multiple militia groups.''
How the NTC and its supporters manage the coming weeks will be the difference between Libya making the transition to democracy, or sinking into an Iraq-like mire of sectarian violence and political instability.
Chemical weapons facilities in Libya were being monitored, as NATO expressed concern that up to nine tonnes of mustard gas, as well as rocket-propelled grenades and surface-to-air missiles, could fall into the hands of al-Qaeda or other militants in the aftermath of the fall of Colonel Gaddafi's regime.
A State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, said the US was working to ensure that ''the governing forces in Libya have full command and control of any [weapons of mass destruction] or any security assets that the state might have had''.
pdanahar: Huge cloud of black smoke now over #Gaddafi compound. Fighting still going on. Several loud thuds #Tripoli #Libya(Traduction : Enorme nuage de fumée noire au-dessus du complexe de Kadhafi. Les combats se poursuivent. Plusieurs bruits sourds. Paul Danahar est journaliste à la BBC, il se trouve à Tripoli.)
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
reply to post by ipsedixit
It is believed the Colonel has built huge tunnel complexes that extended many stories underground.
When the fighters first entered the compound they said there was still tea boiling on stoves and they suspected that some of the people at the compound must have fled into the underground complex.
I would bet the fighters are trying to breach the blast doors.
Originally posted by noangels
^^^ that above = boots on the ground^^^ something the UN mandate did not allow
"excludes a foreign occupation force". The wording is deliberately ambiguous and was chosen for political effect. It is meaningless, as the resolution does not go on to specify what an "occupation force" is within the context of Resolution 1973. If it had meant ground forces, then it would have said "ground forces".
then it would have said "ground forces".
FRANCE 24: Le président du Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, qui compte parmi les tous derniers amis de Kadhafi, annonce que l'ambassade du Venezuela à Tripoli a été attaquée et pillée. Vraisemblablement, le fugitif Kadhafi ne se trouvait pas à l'intérieur.
Originally posted by ipsedixit
reply to post by MikeboydUS
NATO is the custodian of all things legal and all things international. They should demand that their allies deliver the looters to The Hague for trial. Venezuela should be re-imbursed for their expenses in the matter and all NATO intelligence agents who were given access to sensitive Venezuelan documents should have their brains retredded at the nearest Michelin plant.
British special forces are on the ground in Libya helping to spearhead the hunt for Col Muammar Gaddafi, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
For the first time, defence sources have confirmed that the SAS has been in Libya for several weeks, and played a key role in co-ordinating the fall of Tripoli.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
If the Chinese can't get reimbursed, Venezuela has absolute zero chance of it.
The US has already apologised to Beijing and agreed to pay $28m (£17.5m) in compensation to the Chinese government, as well as $4.5m (£2.8m) to families of those who were killed and injured.
Originally posted by AnonymousFem
Besides the UK Cannot afford it,.