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Libya: Ex-Gaddafi Mercenaries Describe Collapse of Regime - TIME

Libya: Ex-Gaddafi Mercenaries Describe Collapse of Regime - TIME
Right from the start, Mario, an ethnic Croatian artillery specialist from Bosnia, suspected it was a lost cause."My men were mainly from the south [of Libya] and Chad, and there were a few others from countries south of Libya," said Mario, who spoke on condition that his last name not be published. A veteran of the wars of the former Yugoslavia, he had been hired by the Gaddafi regime to help fight the rebels and, later, NATO. "Discipline was bad, and they were too stupid to learn anything. But things were O.K. until the air strikes commenced. The other side was equally bad, if not worse. [Muammar] Gaddafi would have smashed the rebels had the West not intervened."
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With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas - Yahoo! News

With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas - Yahoo! News
NEW YORK – Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the New York Police Department has become one of the nation's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies, targeting ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government, an Associated Press investigation has found.

US Envoy Rushes Back as Pakistan Ties Seen Collapsing -- News from Antiwar.com

US Envoy Rushes Back as Pakistan Ties Seen Collapsing -- News from Antiwar.com
Tensions between the US and Pakistan have been a constant theme in south Asian foreign policy over the past several months, but Ambassador Cameron Munter is cutting his vacation short and rushing back to Pakistan amid reports that the relationship is on the brink of collapse.

Thousands of Bahrainis Lose Jobs for Protesting -- News from Antiwar.com

Thousands of Bahrainis Lose Jobs for Protesting -- News from Antiwar.com
About 2,500 state workers in Bahrain have been fired from their jobs for taking part in recent protests against the ruling of Al-Khalifa dynasty. The firings have reportedly affected a total of over 13,000 people in the Persian Gulf sheikhdom.Rights groups have criticized the Bahraini regime and state-linked firms for unlawfully terminating employees. Meanwhile, 40 people detained in connection with anti-regime protests have been formally charged with illegal assembly and trying to distort Bahrain’s image.These developments mark continuing abuse by the US-supported Bahraini dictatorship. After initially responding with brutal violence and martial law to counter the largely peaceful uprisings, Bahrain then arrested and charged medical professionals for having treated injured protesters as patients.The US still supports the Bahrain government, allocating another $26 million in aid for 2012, plus supplying them…

UN Warns Rebels Amid Signs of Tripoli Executions -- News from Antiwar.com

UN Warns Rebels Amid Signs of Tripoli Executions -- News from Antiwar.com
A grisly scene was discovered in Tripoli today, when reporters came across a former Gadhafi camp in central Tripoli where pro-regime fighters were found massacred, including a number that were bound before their execution.In a discovery the UN termed “alarming,” a number of the victims were also found in the field hospital, having been executed there while receiving treatment for wounds. Reports have the death toll in this single incident at over 30.UN spokesman Rupert Colville promised an investigation into the killings, and urged rebel leaders to “take active steps to ensure that no crimes, or acts of revenge, are committed.” One rebel ambassador insisted the leadership had already ordered fighters “not to kill anybody” and that it couldn’t possibly have been the rebels who massacred the Gadhafi troops.Yet the growing concern about the behavior of the rebels hardly begins or ends with this single inc…