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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:36 PM
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Libyan rebels receiving anti-tank weapons from Qatar
Source: The Guardian

Qatar is secretly supplying anti-tank weapons to the Libyan rebels as part of its strategy of working to overthrow the Gaddafi regime, it has emerged. Officials in Doha confirmed that the Gulf state's military had been shipping French-made Milan missiles to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

Qatar's prime minister and foreign minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem, made clear on Wednesday that UN resolutions on Libya permitted the supply of "defensive weapons" to opposition forces struggling to fight Libyan armour.

Qatari government officials were tight-lipped about the deliveries, which are being organised by the joint chiefs of staff and probably made by sea. "We need to send the Libyans equipment so they can defend themselves and get on with their lives," one senior source said. "These are civilians who have had to become fighters because of the situation."

Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, and colleagues from the 21-nation Libya contact group endorsed Qatar's position. Hague insisted the UK would supply only non-lethal equipment. France's view is similar but both countries which are leading Nato air strikes in Libya accept that arming the rebels is legal.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/14/libya-rebel...
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howaboutme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:43 PM
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1. The Arab League should be funding this war, not Americans
This Libyan fiasco is an example of our government once again involving itself in the absurd situation of not knowing the mission, the objective or the enemy. Obama is wrong to have involved us.
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Fool Count Donating Member (878 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 10:34 PM
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2. How long now until those are taking down NATO's
armored vehicles in Afghanistan?
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Duende azul Donating Member (608 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 02:30 AM
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3. In other news: Qatar selling Libyan oil...
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octothorpe Donating Member (358 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 09:49 AM
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4. How secret can it be if we're reading about it in a newspaper?
Edited on Fri Apr-15-11 09:49 AM by octothorpe
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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 02:08 PM
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5. Anything's fine as long as WE do it...
Arms embargo? Feh.

That's right everybody: let's take this defensive operation all the way to Tripoli!
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