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Al Qaeda Leaders Agree with Clinton, McCain and Petraeus: U.S. Should Impose a No Fly Zone Over Syria | Zero Hedge

Al Qaeda Leaders Agree with Clinton, McCain and Petraeus: U.S. Should Impose a No Fly Zone Over Syria | Zero Hedge | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton, John McCain, David Petraeus and other hawks have long called for a no-fly zone over Syria.

The U.S. is now sending F-15 jets to Syria.

That should terrify Al Qaeda and other baddies, right?

Nope … Al Qaeda leaders are actually begging for a U.S.-imposed no-fly zone.

American reporter Reese Erlich interviewed several top Al Qaeda leaders in the area including Abu Qatada, and they told him they feel that the U.S. has been too weak in Syria, and America should have introduced shoulder-fired missiles to shoot down Assad’s planes, and set up a no-fly zone over Syria.

Erlich says that Al Qaeda sides with Clinton, McCain and Petraeus in calling for a U.S.-imposed no-fly zone.

Why?

The A.Q. leaders explained to Erlich that – in the short run – increased U.S. intervention would topple the Syrian leader Assad, who is one of Al Qaeda’s main enemies.

In the long run, they explained, Al Qaeda would end up with all of the U.S.-provided weapons, and so they would be able to take over in Syria.
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CIA, Saudis To Give "Select" Syrian Militants Weapons Capable Of Downing Commercial Airliners | Zero Hedge

CIA, Saudis To Give "Select" Syrian Militants Weapons Capable Of Downing Commercial Airliners | Zero Hedge | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Wednesday brought a veritable smorgasbord of “new” information about the Russian passenger jet which fell out of the sky above the Sinai Peninsula last weekend.

First there was an audio recording from ISIS’ Egyptian affiliate reiterating that they did indeed “down” the plane. Next, the ISIS home office in Raqqa (or Langley or Hollywood) released a video of five guys sitting in the front yard congratulating their Egyptian “brothers” on the accomplishment.

Then the UK grounded air traffic from Sharm el-Sheikh noting that the plane “may well” have had an “explosive device” on board.

Finally, US media lit up with reports that according to American “intelligence” sources, ISIS was probably responsible for the crash.

Over the course of the investigation, one question that’s continually come up is whether militants could have shot the plane down. Generally speaking, the contention that ISIS (or at least IS Sinai) has the technology and/or the expertise to shoot down a passenger jet flying at 31,000 feet has been discredited by “experts” and infrared satellite imagery.

But that’s nothing the CIA can’t fix.

With the Pentagon now set to deploy US ground troops to Syria (and indeed they may already be there, operating near Latakia no less), Washington is reportedly bolstering the supply lines to “moderate” anti-regime forces at the urging of (guess who) the Saudis and Erdogan.

Incredibly, some of the weapons being passed out may be shoulder-fire man-portable air-defense systems, or Manpads, capable of hitting civilian aircraft.

But don’t worry, those will only be given to “select rebels.” Here’s more from WSJ:

The U.S. and its regional allies agreed to increase shipments of weapons and other supplies to help moderate Syrian rebels hold their ground and challenge the intervention of Russia and Iran on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials and their counterparts in the region said.



The deliveries from the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi Arabia and other allied spy services deepen the fight between the forces battling in Syria, despite President Barack Obama’s public pledge to not let the conflict become a U.S.-Russia proxy war.



Saudi officials not only pushed for the White House to keep the arms pipeline open, but also warned the administration against backing away from a longstanding demand that Mr. Assad must leave office.



In the past month of intensifying Russian airstrikes, the CIA and its partners have increased the flow of military supplies to rebels in northern Syria, including of U.S.-made TOW antitank missiles, these officials said. Those supplies will continue to increase in coming weeks, replenishing stocks depleted by the regime’s expanded military offensive.



An Obama administration official said the military pressure is needed to push Mr. Assad from power.



“Assad is not going to feel any pressure to make concessions if there is no viable opposition that has the capacity, through the support of its partners, to put pressure on his regime,” the official said.
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East Libya seeks to grab oil contracts amid fight with rivals

East Libya seeks to grab oil contracts amid fight with rivals | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Libya, with Africa’s largest oil reserves, pumped about 1.6 million barrels a day of crude before a 2011 rebellion ended Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year rule.
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The UN wants to end Libya’s civil war. Here’s the big challenge they face.

The UN wants to end Libya’s civil war. Here’s the big challenge they face. | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Prospects for national unity are dismal in Libya, where local infighting and instability is increasingly common.
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Libya four years on from Colonel Gaddafi's death

Libya four years on from Colonel Gaddafi's death | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Special report: As UN warns of "slide into bloodshed and chaos", The Telegraph visits war-torn Tripoli, which government claims is 'safer than New York'
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Stolen Martian? Russian screenwriter claims Hollywood’s blockbuster is plagiarism, goes to court

Stolen Martian? Russian screenwriter claims Hollywood’s blockbuster is plagiarism, goes to court | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Though Astronaut Mark Watney, Matt Damon’s character from the popular movie ‘The Martian,’ may have had his share of bad luck on the Red Planet, the film may now be in a non-fictional trouble, as a Russian author claims the screenplay is literary piracy.
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Oil futures rebound on Libya supply worries - MarketWatch

Oil futures rebound on Libya supply worries - MarketWatch | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Oil futures bounce back Tuesday, lifted by concerns over supply out of Libya and Brazil as traders await this week’s round of U.S. crude inventories data.
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NTC's first military minister dies in car crash - Libya Herald

Libya Herald NTC's first military minister dies in car crash Libya Herald General Omar Al-Hariri, the first military head of the former National Transitional Council (NTC), was killed in a car crash along with his wife on Sunday while driving near...
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Corbyn calls for review of British role in Iraq airstrikes against Isis

Corbyn calls for review of British role in Iraq airstrikes against Isis | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Labour leader says airstrikes against Islamic State have been unsuccessful as most targets operate in Syria, where UK government does not plan to bomb Jeremy Corbyn has suggested Britain should review its involvement in coalition airstrikes against...
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Tibetan Buddhist monks gather for Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly - in pictures

Tibetan Buddhist monks gather for Utmost Bliss Dharma Assembly - in pictures | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Thousands of Tibetans participate in the week-long annual gathering marking Buddha’s descent from the heavens
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Merkel: "Portugal tem demasiados licenciados"

Merkel: "Portugal tem demasiados licenciados" | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Chanceler alemã indica que a formação profissional deve ser o caminho para baixar o desemprego jovem em Portugal e Espanha, "que têm demasiados licenciados".
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The Battle for Libya’s Only Resource

The Battle for Libya’s Only Resource | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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The Battle for Libya’s Only Resource

Libya’s oil could help knit the country back together — or tear it apart for good.

By Nicholas Linn
November 4, 2015 - 3:40 pm
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The Battle for Libya’s Only Resource

Oil is Libya’s lifeblood. The country has virtually no other industries or formal employment; oil is its only business. According to the World Bank, oil revenues account for over 95 percent of the government’s budget. And since about 80 percent of Libyans are on the government payroll, it is no exaggeration to say that oil feeds and clothes the Libyan people. No other country is so dependent on a single resource.

This is especially troubling when you consider that Libya is mostly desert, lacking significant arable land — it can’t grow its own food. “Without hydrocarbons revenue, the viability of the Libyan state is very much in question — which is what we are on the cusp of seeing first hand,” said Geoff Porter, a North Africa risk consultant and assistant professor at West Point. “If there are no export earnings, there’s no money, and if there’s no money, there’s no food.”
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State Department Admits Nusra Front ‘Absorbed’ Part of Moderate Opposition

State Department Admits Nusra Front ‘Absorbed’ Part of Moderate Opposition | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Nusra Front, al-Qaeda affiliate in northern Syria, has recruited fighters the United States previously designated as moderate opposition, US Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson said on Wednesday.
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Putin signs law allowing retaliatory sequestration of foreign property in Russia

Putin signs law allowing retaliatory sequestration of foreign property in Russia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Russia’s president has signed legislation enabling countermeasures in the case of the wrongful arrest of Russian state property abroad. The law, based on reciprocity, curtails the jurisdictional immunity of the country in question if not agreed otherwise.
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German to Take Up UN Libya Post

German to Take Up UN Libya Post | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Turmoil on the ground

Libya has fallen into turmoil with its internationally-recognized government and elected parliament on one side and a self-styled administration holding Tripoli on the other, each backed by regional, tribal or Islamist armed factions.

The UAE, along with Egypt, backs the internationally-recognized government led by Abdullah al-Thinni which is operating in the east.

In Libya, the Tripoli faction, and other critics of the United Nations handling of talks will see Leon's appointment by the UAE as evidence the envoy was biased in negotiations meant to settle the conflict.

U.S. officials said last year the UAE and Egypt staged airstrikes against Libyan Islamists, though Egypt publicly denied conducting the air raids and a senior UAE official suggested the allegations had been promoted by anti-UAE Islamists.

The U.N. Security C
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UN News - Political progress in Libya ‘carries promise’ of ending impunity for atrocity crimes – ICC Prosecutor

UN News - Political progress in Libya ‘carries promise’ of ending impunity for atrocity crimes – ICC Prosecutor | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
She also recalled that the Appeals Chamber of the ICC affirmed the admissibility of the case against Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, and the inadmissibility of the case against Abdullah A1-Senussi.

“The Libyan authorities must heed the Council's calls for cooperation and comply with the Court’s request to immediately surrender Sail Al-Islam Gaddafi to the ICC,” urged Ms. Bensouda, stating that earlier this year, the Tripoli Court of Assize sentenced both Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah A1-Senussi, among other co-defendants, to death for the crimes they allegedly committed during Libya's 2011 uprising.

At the same time, Ms. Bensouda said that ICC continues to monitor the situation in Libya and added that she is concerned that large scale crimes, including those of the ICC jurisdiction are being committed by all parties in the conflict.

“I remain equally concerned that all sides including the Libyan National Army (LNA), Libya Dawn, and the so called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL; and their respective allies, and international actors continue to commit attacks resulting in civilian casualties,” she stressed.

She said that of the reported 634 separate incidents, a total of 1,539 violent deaths were recorded, Total numbers of violent deaths have seen an average monthly increase in 2015. Civilian deaths have fluctuated, though no less than 60 per month have been recorded this year alone. She added that during the reporting period there have also been a high number of civilian deaths attributed to ISIL and its allies.
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Tripoli faction seeks relaunch of Libya talks, says U.N. envoy biased

Tripoli faction seeks relaunch of Libya talks, says U.N. envoy biased | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Libya's self-proclaimed government in Tripoli wants a relaunch of U.N.-sponsored talks aimed at ending the country's civil war because it says the outgoing U.N. envoy is biased in favor of an internationally recognized rival administration in the east.
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Trans-Pacific Partnership ( Not Secret anymore)

Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The text of the TPP was released by TPP Parties on 5 November 2015 and can be accessed by Chapter below. Legal verification of the text will continue in the coming weeks. The Agreement will also be translated into French and Spanish language versions.

The Government is preparing a legal synopsis of the Agreement and this will be available below in the coming days.
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Funding ISIS without knowing it: Looted relics from Syria make their way to Western markets

Funding ISIS without knowing it: Looted relics from Syria make their way to Western markets | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Ancient sites in Syria occupied by Islamic State extremists are being looted on an industrial scale, with cultural artifacts being smuggled into Western countries to fund the terrorist group.
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Libya to send migrants to Europe if Islamist government not recognised - Daily Mail

Libya to send migrants to Europe if Islamist government not recognised - Daily Mail | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The General National Congress, which seized the capital Tripoli last year, effectively blackmailed the EU by threatening to end its policy of stopping migrants through detention centres.
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'Secret wife' of late Saudi king wins multimillion-pound payout

'Secret wife' of late Saudi king wins multimillion-pound payout | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Judge at high court in London rules that Janan Harb, 68, who married King Fahd when she was 19, is entitled to £15m and the value of two Chelsea flats A woman who says she was the secret wife of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has won her claim...
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Libya Oil Guard Halts Zueitina Port Exports Amid Political Rift - Bloomberg

Libya’s Petroleum Facilities Guard halted crude shipments from Zueitina port indefinitely amid the escalating conflict between the divided country’s two rival administrations, putting the OPEC member’s oil exports at risk.
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Desavergonhice é isto: Salgado triplica pensão para 90 mil euros por mês

Desavergonhice é isto: Salgado triplica pensão para 90 mil euros por mês | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Antigo líder do Banco Espírito Santo vai passar a receber uma pensão mensal de 90 mil euros, o triplo do que recebe hoje. Mais dez antigos gestores do grupo falido vão também ser beneficiados pela mesma medida
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Forces Holding Libya Oil Fields Threaten to Cut Off Exports

Forces Holding Libya Oil Fields Threaten to Cut Off Exports | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The forces that control most of Libya's oil fields on Wednesday threatened to cut off exports if foreign companies do not start wiring payments to the internationally recognized government in the country's east.

Until now foreign companies have paid the Central Bank in the capital Tripoli, which is controlled by Islamist-allied militias who back a rival government.

The internationally recognized government, which is based in the country's far eastern city of Tobruk, recently set up its own Central Bank and National Oil Company.

Ali al-Hassi, spokesman for the Oil Fields Guard, told The Associated Press that foreign companies must transfer funds to the new authorities.

The petroleum-rich North African country slid into chaos following the 2011 toppling and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Oil production has dropped to less than 25 percent of normal levels, to 350,000 barrels per day, according to the newly established NOC.

The U.N. said Wednesday it has appointed German diplomat Martin Kobler to be its envoy to Libya after months of failed peace negotiations between the country's two rival governments.
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UN Libya envoy accepts £1,000-a-day job from backer of one side in civil war

UN Libya envoy accepts £1,000-a-day job from backer of one side in civil war | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The United Nations special representative in Libya spent the summer negotiating a £35,000-a-month job with a Gulf state that supports one side in the civil war he was trying to end, the Guardian can reveal.

Bernardino León, the UN peace mediator and a former Spanish foreign minister, was offered a job in June by the United Arab Emirates, the federation of seven absolute monarchies dominated by oil-rich Abu Dhabi, as director general of its “diplomatic academy”.

On Wednesday the UAE announced that León would take over as head of the academy, a state-backed thinktank founded last year to promote the UAE’s foreign policy and strategic relations and train its diplomats. A German diplomat, Martin Kobler, has been appointed his successor at the UN.

León is due to end his previous role on Friday, leaving Libya’s rival factions deadlocked over his plans for a national unity government.

He denies any conflict of interest, saying he had made it clear he wanted to leave his UN role by 1 September. “The only defence I have against these attacks is my work,” he wrote in an email to the Guardian. “As I said before, read my proposals, the agreement and the government proposal. It has been considered by the Libyans from both camps as a fair proposal.”

Emails seen by the Guardian show León was offered the role of director general in June, a move followed up by talks about increasing his housing allowance a month later. In August he said he would be travelling with his family to settle down in Abu Dhabi.
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