May 29, 2016 – mirror.co.uk – foreignpolicyjournal.com – Newly disclosed emails (Clinton)nshow that Libya’s plan to create a gold-backed currency to compete with the euro and dollar was a motive for NATO’s intervention. (sorce -foreignpolicyjournal.com)
Intelligence email from Sydney Blumenthal also confirms what has become a well-known theme of Western supported insurgencies in the Middle East: the contradiction of special forces training militias that are simultaneously suspected of links to Al Qaeda.
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Blumenthal relates that “an extremely sensitive source” confirmed that British, French, and Egyptian special operations units were training Libyan militants along the Egyptian-Libyan border, as well as in Benghazi suburbs.
While analysts have long speculated as to the “when and where” of Western ground troop presence in the Libyan War, this email serves as definitive proof that special forces were on the ground only within a month of the earliest protests which broke out in the middle to end of February 2011 in Benghazi.
By March 27 of what was commonly assumed a simple “popular uprising” external special operatives were already “overseeing the transfer of weapons and supplies to the rebels” including “a seemingly endless supply of AK47 assault rifles and ammunition.”
Though the French-proposed U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 claimed the no-fly zone implemented over Libya was to protect civilians, an April 2011 email [archived here] sent to Hillary with the subject line “France’s client and Qaddafi’s gold” tells of less noble ambitions.
The email identifies French President Nicholas Sarkozy as leading the attack on Libya with five specific purposes in mind: to obtain Libyan oil, ensure French influence in the region, increase Sarkozy’s reputation domestically, assert French military power, and to prevent Gaddafi’s influence in what is considered “Francophone Africa.”
Analysts said introducing the gold dinar as the new medium of exchange would destroy dependence on the U.S. dollar, the French franc and the British pound and threaten the Western world. It would “finally swing the global economic pendulum” that would break Western domination over Africa and other developing economies.
Most astounding is the lengthy section delineating the huge threat that Gaddafi’s gold and silver reserves, estimated at “143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver,” posed to the French franc (CFA) circulating as a prime African currency. In place of the noble sounding “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) doctrine fed to the public, there is this “confidential” explanation of what was really driving the war [emphasis foreignpolicyjournal.com]:
This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc (CFA).
The great fear reported is that Libya might lead North Africa into a high degree of economic independence with a new pan-African currency.
Early in the Libyan conflict Secretary of State Clinton formally accused Gaddafi and his army of using mass rape as a tool of war. Though numerous international organizations, like Amnesty International, quickly debunked these claims, the charges were uncritically echoed by Western politicians and major media.
It seemed no matter how bizarre the conspiracy theory, as long as it painted Gaddafi and his supporters as monsters, and so long as it served the cause of prolonged military action in Libya, it was deemed credible by network news.
Setting up their puppet government in Libya didn’t seem to work.
In December 2011 the United States was discussing with the Libyan interim government the creation of a program to purchase shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missiles from militia members and others who gathered them up during the war, American government officials said.
The United States has committed $40 million to secure Libya’s arms stockpiles, much of it to prevent the spread of Manpads. No budget has been designed for a purchase program, and the price to be paid for each missile and its components has not been determined, the official said.
If Libya agrees to a program, prices will probably be set by Libyan officials after testing the market, he added.
The looting of Libya’s massive stocks of weapons and ammunition was one of the most significant arms proliferation events of the 21st century. Anti-government forces seized tens of thousands of small arms, light weapons and other munitions, and thousands more were left unguarded in abandoned storage facilities.
These weapons have fueled crime and conflict in Libya and throughout North Africa. Of particular concern to the international community were the government’s large stockpiles of manportable air defence systems (MANPADS).
Many analysts and officials feared that these weapons would be smuggled out of Libya and used against military and civilian aircraft.
Newly released data confirms that nearly all MANPADS documented in Libya were first-generation Strela-2 pattern systems. The only other MANPADS documented to date are four Pakistani Anza II missiles—without launchers.
British special forces are buying back anti-aircraft missiles from rogue Libyan militias – to stop them attacking coalition choppers.
The Special Boat Service commandos are preparing the country for the arrival of a UK training team that will help local forces battle Islamic State.
Dozens of troops, using Libyan army officers as negotiators, are collecting the missiles, prices for which start at £2,000. The systems include Russian and Chinese shoulder-mounted Manpads – which can strike commercial airliners and military planes at up to 15,000ft.
There are an estimated 20,000 missiles left over in Libya following President Gadaffi’s reign. Many are being sold on the black market to extremists in Chad, Lebanon, Mali, Gaza and Tunisia.
A senior military source said: “We have some militia groups onside and they are helping along with a team of Libyan officers to negotiate the purchase of the systems.
“We need to get these weapons off the streets and avoid the risk, which is very high, of rogue militia groups using them against coalition forces or, in a worst case scenario, commercial aircraft.
The drive follows a previous one in 2013 in which the CIA funded a South African security company to buy back missile systems – but only managed to bag 1,500.
Manpads have a 10-year life before they start to corrode.
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