The Sunni Horn is Destroyed (Daniel 8)


Khamenei’s representative says Islamic state’s Baghdadi ‘definitely dead’: IRNA
A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. REUTERS/Social Meda Website via Reuters TV
Iran’s state news agency quoted a representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday as saying Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was “definitely dead”.
“Terrorist Baghdadi is definitely dead,” IRNA quoted cleric Ali Shirazi, representative to the Quds Force, as saying, without elaborating. IRNA later updated the news item, omitting the quote on Baghdadi’s death.
The Quds Force is in charge of operations outside Iran’s borders by the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps. Iranian Foreign Ministry officials were not available to comment on the report of Baghdadi’s death.
The secretive Islamic State leader has frequently been reported killed or wounded since he declared a caliphate to rule over all Muslims from a mosque in Mosul in 2014, after his fighters seized large areas of northern Iraq.
Russia said on June 17 its forces might have killed Baghdadi in an air strike in Syria. Washington said on Thursday it had no information to corroborate such reports. Iraqi officials have also been skeptical in recent weeks.
(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; editing by Andrew Roche)

Iran Is Correct: We Created ISIS

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Iran blames US for creating ISIS amid worsening Middle East tensions

How Obama Created The Libyan Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8)

 FIVE YEARS LATER, KILL MUAMMAR GADDAFI WAS A MISTAKE
The country is still in chaos, five years after the fall of former Libyan dictator October 20, 2011.
This article appeared on Slate.fr October 24, 2011 . We are republishing this October 20 on the occasion of five years of the death of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi .
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Yielding to a feeling of overwhelming helplessness and vague absurdity, I borrowed an iPad Thursday afternoon to send my very first message with this tool. It was addressed to one of these distinguished French who asked the most active on the international community to dislodge Muammar Gaddafi from his obscene toad position in which, for over forty years, it is spread over the life of the people Libyan. Please, I wrote, intercede with your friends from the National Transitional Council , as well as with any of the revolutionary tribunal to be constituted, to stop the killing of Gaddafi family and ensure a smooth transition to the bench defendants from the Hague to those already charged with crimes against humanity.
A implicitly desired removal
Rather simple? This is a moment that the International Criminal Court in The Hague announced that it was ready to take charge of affairs of Libya. But now Gaddafi is dead and, it seems, that one of his son, Mouatassim [confirmed information from the writing of this article, ndt], and not a word about the legality or propriety of all this case has yet been uttered. No Libyan spokesman has even referred to the court in the ads of the late dictator disgusting.
The president of the United States made a speech that suggested the possibility of an indictment had not even been mentioned. And it was in this perfectly followed by his secretary of state, returning from a trip to Libya, who settled for a few joyful projections, noting in particular that the transition would be facilitated if Gaddafi were to die . British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has yet found time to mention the victims of international terror years of Gaddafi , has also failed to mention the possibility of a lawsuit.
This tacit agreement, among others, convinces me that no sort of general instruction was ever given to the forces tightened their noose on Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte. No instructions like, kill it if absolutely necessary, but try to stop it and send it (along with others mentioned by name, be it family members or not) in the Netherlands. In any case, it seems certain that if an order of this style has been formulated, it has not been very strong.
Between revenge and healthy reconstruction
While ends obscene regime, which notably showed that he preferred to destroy society and the state, rather than give up power, it is very natural that people aspire to a kind of exorcism. It is satisfying to see the cadaver of the monster and make sure it will not come back. It is also reassuring to know that there is no leadership to which hate any kind of resistance “werewolf” could converge to perpetuate suffering and atrocities. But when he was killed, Gaddafi was wounded and out of harm’s way, and at the head of a small group of thugs terrified.
He was unable to resist in any way. And all positive results that I mentioned above could have been obtained by working simply to send it to the hospital and then in jail and from there to the airport. Indeed, a small living Gaddafi on the dock would surely have done much to enhance the positive impact, as the illusions of the poor misguided souls who were still trust him would not have survived shoplifting, even for a few hours , the mad ramblings of court.
And here is born the new Libya, including the birth is marked by a sordid lynching. Media correspondents did not hide a certain enthusiasm for the spirit of general tolerance shown by the rebels in the faithful location of Gaddafi and their property. This makes it even more regrettable that this principle could not be honored when it was most crucial. As I write this, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi , a son of Muammar, is still at large. This would be a real shame if he were also killed without any trial, or at least the NTC and the international community do not remind their soldiers he must be legally stopped.
My intention is not to show undue sympathy Saif or other wanted persons. But he, in particular, is the repository of a huge amount of potentially useful information about the nature of the fallen regime and perhaps even hiding concealing material strategic-not to mention the huge sums of money, property right of the Libyan people. It would be criminal in every sense, to participate in the destruction of evidence. And I have to clarify that Gaddafi grandfather utility in the still underdeveloped field of the study of megalomania had no price. Yet countless victims will have no other satisfaction than seeing a character wandering bloodied and treated with brutality and in full panic, whose sufferings were cut short by a shot that has absolutely nothing brought to safety from the country.
I was in Romania on the day that Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu were hastily done , and Mosul yesterday from where Uday and Qusay Hussein were trapped, strafed and bombed fatally in a house without issue. In both cases, the relief felt by the population was palpable. There is no doubt that public disposal of old symbols of torture and fear has an emancipating effect, at least in the short term.
But I would say its profits decline rapidly, which became evident in Iraq when unpolished acolytes of Muqtada al-Sadr were instructed to drive the execution of Saddam Hussein . Sectarian scars of this sordid episode sloppy are still apparent, and I would be very surprised if the same kind of resentment was not born among many Libyans on Thursday. It is too late to repair. But it would be a shame that the Gaddafi family continues to be decimated, and insulting that the summons to the Hague remains ignored.
By Christopher Hitchens

The Return of the Libyan Horn (Daniel 8)


Chemical Weapons appear again in Libya

LIBYAPROSPECT – London

A few days ago, a Danish ship transferred an arsenal of chemical weapons from Misrata Port to Germany to get rid of it in coordination with the United Nation and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The OPCW welcomed, on Wednesday, the Libyan decision to get rid of the last productions that can be used in the chemical arms industry.

The general director of the OPCW said, in a statement, that the international efforts guarantee that it is sure that these chemical materials will not go to the wrong hands.

Libya decided to transfer the chemical materials outside to prevent them from going to the hands of the terrorist groups.

After the revolution of 2011, the problem appeared in Libya again after the discovery of natural uranium stores, because Gaddafi retained some mustard gas in unknown places in the desert.
There is a question about the existence and the size of this kind of arsenal in the Libyan desert in the chaotic political and security situation.

The problem is that no one can tell what faction of force, in Libya, knows about this file and its size.
The world commemorates the day of anti-nuclear tests, at the end of August every year, to urge the states to limit the development of the weapons of mass destruction, which was prohibited internationally in 1968 after catastrophes.

The world is still remembering the disasters of the fall of the nuclear bomb on the Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the tragedy of Chernobyl.

Libya, under the regime of Gaddafi, became one of the countries that disobeyed the international law, which prohibited nuclear arms industry.

Gaddafi’s regime established a nuclear arsenal, and after the foreign invasion of Iraq, Libya gave up nuclear weapons programs under international supervision in 2003.

OBAMA Overstates Gains Against ISIS (Ezekiel 17)


Republicans say officials overstated U.S.success against the Islamic State


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WASHINGTON – Military officials in command of the war against the Islamic State skewed analysis of battlefield intelligence to paint a rosy picture of the U.S.-led offensive to counter the militant group, according to a report from congressional Republicans released on Thursday.

A joint task force of Republicans on the House Armed Services and Intelligence committees issued interim findings showing that the leadership of U.S. Central Command “typically provided a more positive depiction of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts than warranted by facts on the ground and were consistently more positive than analysis produced by other elements of the intelligence community.” CENTCOM is responsible for the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS.

Bad analysis of battlefield intelligence carries enormous potential consequences. Flawed intelligence about Iraq’s nuclear and chemical weapons was used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Because the Pentagon Inspector General is also investigating the allegations of skewed intelligence at CENTCOM, Defense Department officials cannot comment on the task force findings, Navy Lt. Cdr. Patrick Evans, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday. However, Evans pointed out that senior military leaders consider intelligence reports from sources other than CENTCOM’s analysts when assessing the security situation in Iraq and Syria.

The congressional task force found that senior CENTCOM leaders in 2014 and 2015 “softened” the reports of their own intelligence analysts to create a more positive image of progress in training Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led air campaign against fighters from the Islamic State.

ISIL stormed through Iraq and Syria in the summer of 2014, overrunning key cities, including Mosul, Iraq’s second largest. Iraqi forces put up minimal resistance before fleeing. U.S. warplanes began striking ISIL targets in Iraq in August 2014 and expanded their attacks to Syria a month later.
More than 50,000 air raids, most of them conducted by U.S. pilots, have taken place, Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the top commander in Baghdad, told reporters on Wednesday. They have killed as many as 45,000 ISIL fighters and helped drive them from 40% of the territory they occupied at their peak.

The report highlighted congressional testimony, statements and press releases from early 2015 that were “significantly more positive than actual events.” Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, CENTCOM commander at the time, told congress that ISIL was in a “defensive crouch.” In the spring of 2015, another CENTCOM commander echoed Austin, saying that ISIL was “losing ground”; a week later, ISIL fighters — despite being outnumbered 10-to-1 — overran the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.
“After months of investigation, this much is very clear: from the middle of 2014 to the middle of 2015, the United States Central Command’s most senior intelligence leaders manipulated the command’s intelligence products to downplay the threat from ISIS in Iraq,” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said in a statement. “The result: consumers of those intelligence products were provided a consistently ‘rosy’ view of U.S. operational success against ISIS. That may well have resulted in putting American troops at risk as policymakers relied on this intelligence when formulating policy and allocating resources for the fight.”

House Democrats examined whistleblower allegations of intelligence manipulation at CENTCOM separately and found that “an overly insular process” for assessing intelligence had failed to sufficiently consider dissenting views and damaged morale among analysts.
“However, we found no evidence of politicization of intelligence in this case,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

Obama In Libya For Damage Control


U.S. is providing direct support in Libya for fight against ISIS – Chicago Tribune
Missy Ryan, Sudarsan Raghavan
Washington Post

U.S. Special Operations forces are providing direct, on-the-ground support for the first time to fighters battling the Islamic State in Libya, U.S. and Libyan officials said, coordinating American airstrikes and providing intelligence information in an effort to oust the group from a militant stronghold.

The positioning of a small number of elite U.S. personnel in the coastal city of Sirte deepens the involvement of Western nations against the Islamic State’s most powerful affiliate.
U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a mission that has not been announced publicly, said that U.S. troops are working out of a joint operations center on the city’s outskirts and that their role is limited to supporting forces loyal to the country’s fragile unity government.

Robyn Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), said small numbers of U.S. military personnel will continue to go in and out of Libya to exchange information with local forces but declined to provide details.

An expanded on-the-ground role for Western nations follows President Barack Obama’s administration’s decision earlier this month to begin regular airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Sirte, the group’s de facto capital in North Africa. Since the strikes began about a week ago, U.S. planes have struck almost 30 militant targets.

The increased U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State in Libya underscores the stakes in a battle against a group that has vowed to strike the West and has attracted recruits from across Africa and the Middle East. Since they appeared in Libya in 2014, fighters allied with the Islamic State have displayed tactics similar to their parent group in Syria and Iraq: beheading non-Muslims, attacking local security forces and facilities associated with Westerners, and forcing locals to abide by their harsh interpretation of Islam.

The new American operation in Sirte is the culmination of an extended, low-visibility mission in Libya by U.S. special operators, who established small outposts in recent months as part of an effort to build ties with friendly forces and increase American understanding of the complexities of political and militia factions. Previously, U.S. troops were focused on holding talks with an array of militia factions to identify potential partners and gathering information about the situation on the ground, including the threat from the Islamic State.

The limited nature and size of U.S. operations around Sirte reflect the delicate balancing act the Obama administration must achieve as it seeks to help allied local forces succeed while not undermining the country’s fragile unity government. Last month, Libyans protested France’s military footprint in eastern Libya after the death of French troops revealed their presence there.
Even in recent days, Libyan militia commanders have declared that there were no Western boots on the ground and that this was their fight alone. The pro-government forces in Sirte are mostly militia fighters from the city of Misurata, about 150 miles by road to the northwest.

Mattia Toaldo, a Libya expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said the U.S. mission in Sirte differed from the French presence in the eastern city of Benghazi, mainly because none of Libya’s feuding political factions would object to attempts to defeat the Islamic State.
“As long as they keep this low profile. . . the risks both for the U.S. and for the Libyan government are quite low,” he said.

But even with the aid of U.S. airstrikes, pro-government forces have found it challenging to push into militant territory as they face an array of obstacles, including land mines, snipers and booby-trapped buildings. As U.S. munitions hit extremists’ military vehicles and mobile ammunition depots, the militants adapted by reducing their visibility and hiding in tanks, armored personnel carriers and rocket launchers.

On Monday, U.S. fighter jets could be heard zipping over Sirte, and there were loud explosions inside militant areas. According to AFRICOM, those strikes hit multiple fighting positions and a truck.
At least five pro-government fighters were killed and dozens more were injured in heavy fighting in the al-Dollar neighborhood this week. The wounded included several top front-line commanders, Libyan militia sources said. U.S. officials said that American forces are not taking part in combat or even directly acting as spotters for airstrikes, and that no Americans have been wounded.

Also this week, U.S. and British personnel, carrying radios and wearing black body armor and tan fatigues, were seen within Sirte, according to officers allied with the Libyan government and Western security personnel in the area.

According to Libyan militia officials, the arrival of the Americans and the British near the front line is in preparation for a significant push into Islamic State territory.

The ongoing U.S. Special Operations mission, which came into public view in late 2015 when pictures of the heavily armed Americans appeared on social media, is another example of the low-visibility operations that have played a major role in the Obama administration’s counterterrorism strategy.

Pentagon officials are betting that these small, close-to-invisible teams can make locally led operations more effective, strengthen partner forces and head off the need for an American combat role – as they have in Syria. In Libya, the Pentagon has tried to keep a handle on potential threats to those forces by using drones flown from Italy.

But the insertion of U.S. personnel closer to an intense battle, where the risks are much greater, highlights the importance of the Sirte operation. In addition to crippling a group believed to be linked to violence outside Libya, U.S. officials hope a victory in Sirte will bolster the standing of the disputed unity government.

Western diplomats have been working for months to secure greater backing for that government, which was selected after the United Nations brokered peace talks, and to end a long political partition that helped open the door to the expansion of the Islamic State.

Ryan reported from Washington. Raghavan reported from Sirte, Libya.

Obama Finds Himself Back In Libya (Ezekiel 17)

U.S. Launched Offensive On ISIS In Libya Today, Delivering Tons And Tons Of Fiery Freedom – BroBible

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ISIS has expanded so rapidly and maliciously into the shores of North Africa that the Libyan government has requested that the United States conduct airstrikes on the terrorist organization. The United States happily obliged to bomb the Daesh terrorists and on Monday airstrikes were carried out on Islamic State’s stronghold of Sirte in Libya.

“At the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord, the United States military conducted precision air strikes against ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya, to support GNA-affiliated force,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. He did not give a timeline for the bombing, only stating that it “will continue.” A U.S. Defense official said the new airstrikes on ISIS in Sirte will last “as long as needed” to capture Sirte and “decapitate” ISIS in Libya.”

“GNA-aligned forces have had success in recapturing territory from ISIL thus far around Sirte, and additional U.S. strikes will continue to target ISIL in Sirte in order to enable the GNA to make a decisive, strategic advance,” Cook said.

“The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya,” said Cook. “These actions and those we have taken previously will help deny ISIL a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.”
The airstrikes are to be performed by manned and unmanned aircraft.

President Barack Obama authorized the airstrikes at the recommendation of Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

“The President’s been clear that he will deny any safe haven for groups like ISIL or any group that tries to do us harm,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. “The strikes you’ve seen are consistent with that approach.”
First reports on the actual attacks were presented by Libya’s unity prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, during a televised speech. “The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh [IS] organization were carried out today, causing heavy losses.”
No officials from Libya or the U.S. have given any details on the “heavy losses” that Islamic State suffered from the airstrikes.

“This has allowed our forces on the ground to take control of strategic positions,” the prime minister said, adding that the American involvement would be “limited in time and will not go beyond Sirte and its suburbs.”

Sarraj said that no foreign troops would be deployed in Libya.

However, a New York Times article states that special forces from the U.S. and U.K. have been working to wipe out ISIL in Libya.

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in January that the United States planned to take “decisive military action” against the Islamic State in Libya. Since then, United States and British special operations teams have been conducting clandestine reconnaissance missions in Libya to identify militant leaders and map out their networks.

The United Nations has said that more than 90,000 people have fled Sirte (two-thirds of the city’s population) since Libya has started an offensive to take back the metropolis. There is said to be as many as 6,500 ISIS militants operating in Libya at the moment.

In February 2011, a civil war began and ravaged Libya. By August of 2011, rebels had forcefully removed dictator Muammar Gaddafi from power. The end of Gaddafi’s harsh militant reign opened up a power vacuum that saw numerous tribal factions attempting to seize power and sent the country into disarray. The lack of leadership also allowed radical Islamist groups to infiltrate the country, including ISIS. Daesh was able to take over the city of Derna in 2014 and Sirte in 2015.

The United States wants to do everything in their power to destroy ISIS, but first they must contain Daesh and foil their dreams of a multi-nation caliphate that could spread their cancerous ideology.

ISIS Continues To Have A Strong Foothold (Daniel 8:4)

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ISIS remains a formidable enemy despite setbacks

(CNN)ISIS seems to be on the defensive across the Middle East — from its self-declared capital of Raqqa in Syria to the strategically important Iraqi city of Falluja.
Governments and rebel groups are making concerted efforts to regain key territory lost to the jihadist group, but ISIS remains a formidable enemy, according to the top U.S. intelligence chief.
“Unfortunately, despite all our progress against ISIL (ISIS) on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach,” CIA Director John Brennan recently told Congress.
Brennan noted that ISIS has lost “large stretches” of territory in Iraq and Syria, has experienced a reduction of finances, and has struggled to replenish its ranks as fewer foreign fighters have been traveling to those countries.
“We need to take away their safe haven,” Brennan said, noting these areas provide the terror group with the ability to train operatives and generate revenue.
So what is the latest picture across the region?

 Iraq

In a symbolic victory, troops from the Iraqi Federal Police raised the national flag over the Falluja mayor’s office Friday. The move came nearly four weeks after the start of a U.S.-backed offensive to liberate the city, the last major ISIS foothold in Iraq’s Anbar province.
And almost a week later, Falluja’s neighborhoods have been retaken and cleared of any ISIS presence, with only al-Jolan in the northeast — about 10% to 15% of the city — yet to be liberated, according to Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command.
Units from Iraqi counterterrorism forces, federal police and Iraqi air force are conducting military operations in al-Jolan and will soon retake that neighborhood and declare the entire city recaptured, Rasool added.
But it’s been a fierce campaign, with fighting taking place street by street. And bombs remain, even if most ISIS fighters have been driven from the city.
Many houses are booby-trapped, forcing Iraqi forces to move slowly and methodically to clear improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. “They don’t leave any house without first rigging it with explosives,” one counterterrorism member told CNN.
Despite the optimism from senior commanders, it may be some time before Falluja is safe — and even longer before residents can move back to the rubble that was their home.
Almost 14,000 families (up to 84,000 individuals) may have left Falluja and surrounding areas alone since the government offensive to retake the city began May 23, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

 Syria

Both Syrian forces in the south, and U.S.-backed Kurds from the north, are zeroing in on Raqqa.
Raqqa is going to be a tougher nut to crack than Mosul, said retired Gen. David Petraeus, referring to the major Iraqi city across the border that ISIS has occupied since 2014.
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yria is “incomparably more complex” than anything he has “ever seen or studied,” said Petraeus, who formerly led coalition forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

There are so many different factions now. There are so many different sides to this.”
The fight against ISIS here is complicated by the damage wrought by U.S. coalition and Russian airstrikes, which invariably take the very lives they are trying to protect.
On Tuesday, at least 34 civilians were killed in airstrikes on Raqqa, with dozens more injured, according to the London-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
And ISIS is “very much underground now” in places such as Mosul and Raqqa, Petraeus told CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.

They are getting hammered when they pop their heads up; they get hammered if they get in a convoy.”
Meanwhile, a U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias has entered the city of Manbij, northwest of Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told CNN on Thursday.
U.S. officials say Manbij is a strategic supply point and the main hub for ISIS between Raqqa and Turkey.
The coalition force, supported by airstrikes from U.S. warplanes, has encountered fierce resistance while advancing, the observatory said.

 Libya

Beyond Iraq and Syria, Brennan said ISIS’ growing presence in Libya presents another significant challenge.
“The branch in Libya is probably the most developed and the most dangerous,” he said, echoing concerns by other security officials that Libya’s proximity to Europe is a problem.
“We assess that it is trying to increase its influence in Africa and to plot attacks in the region and in Europe.”
This month, Libyan forces loyal to the U.N.-backed unity government retook parts of the port city of Sirte from ISIS militants, gaining ground in the extremist group’s most significant stronghold outside Syria and Iraq. The offensive lasted almost two weeks and left more than 100 fighters dead and about 400 others wounded.
However, Libyan forces have encountered fierce resistance since, including three suicide car bombings. One detonated near a field hospital in Sirte, according to the media wing of Al-Bunyan al-Marsous, a military offensive led by Libyan forces from Misrata.
The Pentagon has acknowledged small teams of U.S. special operations forces are on the ground in Libya, establishing relationships with local forces battling ISIS.
\In remarkably blunt testimony, President Barack Obama’s nominee to command U.S. forces in Africa said Tuesday that more ground troops were needed in Libya to fight ISIS and agreed the current strategy of not bombing the terror group’s affiliate there “makes no sense.”
When asked by Sen. John McCain whether the United States had a strategy for Libya, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser said he didn’t know about one.
The United States has conducted airstrikes against ISIS in Libya, including one in February that killed more than 40 operatives of the terror group, but Washington has since held off on additional strikes.

The Libyan Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8)

Mainichi: Libya Sent Money to N. Korea in 2002

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Write : 2016-05-23 12:11:50 Update : 2016-05-23 13:59:51

Mainichi: Libya Sent Money to N. Korea in 2002

Citing an obtained document, the Mainichi Shimbun said that there are records of money transactions between Libya and North Korea.
According to the Japanese daily, Tripoli sent a total of some four million euros, or five-point-three billion won, in July and September of 2002, to a North Korean company with bank accounts in Dubai and Macau.
The Mainichi said that the remittance appears to be Libya’s payment to North Korea for the sale of nuclear substances.
The North sold uranium hexafluoride, which can be enriched to weapons-grade uranium, in a black market that year. At the time, Libya was reportedly pushing forward with a secret nuclear development project under the then leader Muammar Gadhafi.

Obama Helped Create ISIS and the Libyan Horn (Daniel 8)

isis-obama1President Obama, Hiroshima, and the nuclear mishandle

August 1945, the United States destroyed Hiroshima in the world’s first nuclear strike.  Afterward, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation.

Truman stated:  I realized the tragic significance of the atomic bomb.  Our enemies were searching for it and we knew the disaster which would come if they found it first.  We won the race of discovery and used it against those who attacked Pearl Harbor, executed American POWs, and abandoned international laws of warfare.

Truman’s decision has been debated for half a century because his national address wasn’t just an explanation for a single event; it shoved an unready world into the atomic age.  This led to the counter-destruction philosophy of nuclear deterrence to deal with America’s nuclear capacity, and America reacted with guilt-driven paranoia that led to the preemptive policing of the world in the name of rationality.

The 2003 American invasion of Iraq is considered an example of this paranoid rationale to prevent an irrational actor from obtaining a nuclear arsenal, and since no weapons of mass destruction were found many have called the invasion of Iraq the biggest blunder of American foreign policy.

But the miscalculation produced the unexpected.

In December 2003 Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi decided to end his country’s weapons program in an attempt to normalize relations with the international community after years of hostility due to his nuclear ambitions.

Gaddafi was criticized in the Arab world.  Critics believed his decision was unreasonable because it legitimized the Bush administrations preemptive war doctrine, but western leaders hoped Libya would be a model for disarmament for other nations possessed by nuclear deterrence to follow.
Let’s fast forward to January 2016.

North Korea conducted a nuclear test underground.  The detonation was a success.  When North Korea’s test was denounced by the international community as “a serious threat to international peace and security” the North Koreans referred to Libya for their reasoning to demonstrate their resolve to maintain their nuclear deterrent.

What happened to the Libyan model for disarmament?

During President Barack Obama’s administration a civil war erupted in Libya.

The United Nations authorized military intervention to enforce a ceasefire and establish no-fly zones to protect civilians.  Gaddafi agreed to the ceasefire, but the opposition refused to cease.

Why?

According to one expert, “NATO powers violated the UN resolution, radically, and became the air force for the rebels.”   Gaddafi tried using Libya’s voluntary disarmament to convince the Obama administration and other western leaders to stop their operations in Libya but Gaddafi had no security guarantees with them.  After that Gaddafi’s son and other Libyan officials regretted their decision to disarm.

In 2011 Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels.

When historians examine these events they’ll conclude Iraq was a huge blunder, but Libya was the biggest mishandling of the nuclear age.

Two weeks from now, President Barack Obama will become the first sitting President of the United States to visit Hiroshima.  The White house emphatically stressed the president will not apologize for the 1945 attack nor revisit Truman’s decision.

The Japanese Prime Minister stated no apology is expected or is necessary.

President Obama plans to offer a “forward-looking vision” of a peaceful and safe world without nuclear weapons.

This will be the most important speech of Barack Obama’s political career.  He has to convince leaders to change their philosophy of nuclear deterrence to nuclear disarmament, but after Libya, why would any nation volunteer for a peace?

(J. Pharoah Doss is a contributor to the New Pittsburgh Courier. He blogs at jpharoahdoss@blogspot.com)