July 8, 2011
The AFP reports today that the head of Libya’s rebels’ National Transitional Council Mustafa Abdel Jalil will meet with NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen and European Union president Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels next week.
“NATO has had contacts with the (National Transitional Council) as part of the broad international efforts to find a solution to the Libya crisis,” a NATO official said.
Rep. Kucinich: “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the use of military force against Libya.”
On 5 March 2011, the council issued a statement in which it declared itself to be the “sole representative of all Libya”. The council refers to the Libyan state as the Libyan Republic.
Despite evidence that the council and the so-called rebels are rife with al-Qaeda members who participated in killing U.S.soldiers in Iraq, the Obama administration notified Congress in April it would provide $25 million in “nonlethal aid” to the rebels’ effort to overthrow Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
On June 30, Algeria’s foreign minister in charge of Africa and the Maghreb said French arms supplied to rebels are making their way to al-Qaeda and will probably be used against governments in Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
“What should concern us most is that both Jalil and Younis [a former Libyan Minister of Interior] come from the Haribi tribe, the dominant one in northeast Libya, and the one that overlaps with al Qaeda,” Webster Tarpley wrote on March 24. “As noted, Al Qaeda was founded by the United States and the British during the struggle against the Soviets in Afghanistan.”
Webster Tarpley on the al-Qaeda rebels in Libya.
On Thursday, the U.S. House rejected cutting off funds for NATO-led operations in Libya but voted to forbid the Pentagon from arming, training, or advising the rebels.
Senator John McCain, who backs the al-Qaeda rebels, denounced the vote as “deeply disturbing” while neocon and former would-be United Nations ambassador John Bolton writes for Bloomberg today that the current stalemate in Libya is due to Obama’s supposed reluctance to attack the country.