Daily Commentary – Monday, May 21, 2012 – Can Rahm Emanuel Handle the Security Problems Caused by the NATO Summet Protesters?
- Summit has been marked by protests, threats and most recently a disruption of the City of Chicago website
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3 NATO Military Troops Killed by Taliba in Eastern Afghanistan … But Biden Says the Taliban is Not Our Enemy
Three more NATO service men have been killed by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The latest deaths bring December’s toll of foreign NATO troops killed in Afghanistan to 23, for a total of 539 deaths so far this year. But don’t worry as Vice President Joe Biden says, “the Taliban are not our enemies”.
Three NATO service members have been killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said Wednesday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the target was a U.S. military convoy.
NATO’s statement said that the deaths occurred Tuesday, but provided no further details about the incident or the nationalities of the troops.
It would appear that Moammar Qaddafi’s days are numbered in Libya. Libyan rebels are saying that they have captured Qaddafi’s son in Tripoli and arrested him. Fox News is reporting that Libyan rebels are within two miles of the center of Tripoli. The recent battles to take Tripoli have killed up to 1300.
SKY NEWS special correspondent Alex Crawford
Mohamad al Akari, a Transitional National Council advisor, said that if Moammar Gadhafi is still in Tripoli, they believe he is in Bab al Aziziya.
“Tonight it’s over,” Akari said.
Libyan rebel forces are now in Green Square in the heart of Tripoli, according to multiple reports.
Earlier today, rebel forces pushed into the western outskirts of the Libyan capital without meeting any resistance. The rebels reached Janzour, a Tripoli suburb, around nightfall today and were greeted by civilians waving rebel flags.
The BBC is reporting that Moammar Gadhafi has fled to Algeria, although not yet confirmed. More from the BBC on the rebels moving into Tripoli.
Good riddance to bad rubbish, although let’s hope the end game and transition of power is not a complete mess in a post Qaddafi world. As Qaddafi’s regime crumbles this looks like it could really get out of control. I hardly think its safe for journalists to be there right now.
UPDATE I: Live blogging updates at Aljazeera.
UPDATE II: More at Sky News.
The claims come as rebels make rapid advances into the centre of Tripoli, meeting scenes of jubilation and no resistance from Gaddafi’s troops along the way.
Sky’s special correspondent Alex Crawford, accompanying the rebels, said as opposition fighters entered the city, their cars gridlocked the roads and hundreds of people came out onto the streets to greet them.
The rebels responded with celebratory gunfire, she said.
More from Obama’s War …
Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the youngest son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed today in a NATO air strike.Also reported killed in the air strike was 3 grand children of Muammar Gaddafi. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his wife were in the house at the time; however, both were unharmed.
Nato air strike in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has killed the son of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, a government spokesman has said.
Colonel Gaddafi himself was in the large residential villa which was hit by the strike, the spokesman added, but was unharmed.
His son Saif al-Arab was said to be killed, as well as three grandchildren.
Nato said it had struck a “known command and control building in the Bab al-Azizya neighbourhood”.
A Nato spokesman said that the air strikes were aimed at military targets not individuals.
Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard, commander of NATO’s military operations, said in a statement:
“We regret all loss of life, especially the innocent civilians being harmed as a result of this ongoing conflict,” Bouchard said. “NATO is fulfilling its U.N. mandate to stop and prevent attacks against civilians with precision and care — unlike Gadhafi’s forces, which are causing so much suffering.”
Afghanistan: 8 NATO Coalition Troops & 1 Civilian Killed By Afghan Pilot at Kabul Airport (UPDATE: All Killed, American Soldiers)
Nine people have been killed at the Kabul, Afghanistan airport by an Afghan pilot. It is being reported that an argument between an Afghan pilot and an international colleague resulted in the Afghan military pilot opened fire on international trainers and a “gunfight” ensued.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said an Afghan military pilot opened fire on international troops, sparking a “gunfight.” The Taliban, however, claimed responsibility for the attack and said it had been working with the shooter for some time — an assertion that NATO denied.
It is being reported at the Seattle PI, that all of the all eight of the military troops and the contractor killed by an Afghan pilot Wednesday in Kabul were Americans. Was this a “rogue” pilot or was this a terror act by an Afghan who was working with the Taliban?
The FOG of KINETIC MILITARY OPERATIONS … NATO Strike Hit Kills 13 Rebel Libyan Fighters … Friendly Fire
The FOG of KINETIC MILITARY OPERATIONS … Friendly Fire airstrike.
Not only does it appear that the US does not know who the rebels are in Libya, it would appear that NATO cannot tell the difference between rebel and pro-Gaddafi fighters. A NATO airstrike has killed 13 Libyan rebel fighters and wounded several others. What else would one expect when you wage a war from only the air to aid rebel forces. As reported by the NY Times, Qaddafi forces are increasingly plunging into combat in equipment similar to what the rebels are using, mainly pickup trucks mounted with machine guns or rockets.
Notions of a cease-fire in Libya quickly faded Saturday as a battle raged for control of the oil town of al-Brega, where rebel fighters claimed they had lost fighters and vehicles to NATO airstrikes.
Airstrikes hit several rebel vehicles and killed at least 13 rebel fighters, spokesmen for the Libyan opposition said Saturday. Seven others were wounded.
NATO was investigating the incident, a spokeswoman said Saturday.