Martin Iqbal empirestrikesblack
Muammar Gaddafi – revolutionary leader of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya – was assassinated on Thursday 20 October, 2011, in the Libyan city of Sirte. The precise circumstances surrounding his death have been clouded with mystery and contradicting reports, but the media consensus is that NATO’s ‘rebel’ stooges captured and killed him. This has lent the unelected and universally despised NTC occupation government a decisive propaganda victory in the war on Libya. However, a picture is emerging as to the actual circumstances of his death, one that puts NATO special forces – likely the British SAS – in the centre of the frame.
SAS squads hunting Gaddafi for weeks
NATO special forces including the British SAS have been on the ground in Libya since February – long before the beginning of the Orwellian ‘no-fly zone’. These forces set up bases in Libya from which they trained and directed the poorly-trained ‘rebel’ mercenaries being used as pawns to overthrow Gaddafi. The Libya war would not have been possible without the presence of these special forces. NATO airstrikes have been coordinated by these operatives on the ground. Further to this, the incredibly inept ‘rebels’ have proven themselves utterly incapable of achieving and holding a single military or strategic victory against the overwhelming size and breadth of the indigenous Green Libyan Resistance. Operation Mermaid Dawn, coordinated and overtly carried out by Western special forces and soldiers, was an indication of the sheer ineptitude of the tribalists, terrorists and extremists fighting for NATO as ‘Libyan rebels’.
After Operation Mermaid Dawn in August, British SAS soldiers, dressed in civilian Arab garb and carrying the same weaponry as the ‘rebels’, refocused their efforts towards hunting down Muammar Gaddafi. Furthermore, the British media was replete with reports of this special forces activity on Libyan soil.
A matter of days ago on Thursday 20 October, 2011, NATO’s war on Libya culminated in the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi. As could have been predicted for a war replete with brazen psychological warfare, the ‘official’ story was that the ‘rebel’ forces had captured Gaddafi cowering in a sewage pipe, and he subsequently died in their custody. This story was betrayed by the fact that NATO themselves admitted to bombing the revolutionary leader’s convoy as it was travelling in the Sirte area on that morning. U.S. officials confirmed that an American Predator drone fired on the convoy, as did French aircraft. In reality it is not justifiable to claim a ‘rebel’ victory here, when NATO bombs were instrumental to Gaddafi’s capture, as they were to the entire war.
Knowing that NATO had targeted Gaddafi’s convoy, and knowing that the British SAS had been hunting him for weeks, a logical person will deduce that NATO would have been tracking the convoy during and after the strike, and an SAS squad would have been rapidly sent to the location.
This theory is bolstered by a recent report from the well-connected Israeli intelligence outfit DEBKAfile. In a report titled ‘After helping to kill Qaddafi, NATO prepares to end Libya mission‘, DEBKA reveals that its military sources indicate Gaddafi was captured and shot by NATO special forces:
DEBKAfile’s military sources report mounting indications that a NATO special forces unit – although of which nation is unknown – located and captured Muammar Qaddafi in the Sirte area.
They aparently shot him in both legs to prevent his escape and informed a Misrata militia of his whereabouts, knowing they would kill him in view of the town’s long reckoning with the former Libyan ruler. NATO was guided by two considerations: First not to comprise the presence of ground troops in the battle zone in breach of the alliance’s UN mandate; and second, to give the Libyan rebels a psychological victory – especially after they failed in battle to capture Qaddafi’s home town of Sirte.”
Qatari special forces are known to have a long relationship with the British SAS, dating back 20 years. Qatari special forces were involved in Operation Mermaid Dawn. NATO’s inclusion of Qatari forces allows the occupying forces to: a) minimise the chance of Western casualties and the resulting political fallout, and b) more easily impersonate indigenous Arab Libyan fighters.
In light of the known SAS involvement in coordinating airstrikes and hunting Gaddafi – in addition to DEBKA’s report – it is highly likely that British special forces (or Qataris led by the British) captured Gaddafi and handed him over to the occupation ‘rebel’ forces after callously shooting him to prevent escape and ensure his eventual death.
The media consensus however paints an entirely false picture of a ‘rebel’ victory. These occupation stooges have been unable to hold a single city without NATO’s bombs, bullets and hellfire missiles first razing everything in their path. Every single decisive event in the war on Libya has been achieved by NATO while being fraudulently attributed to this group of witless, power-hungry rats. Even the ultimate ‘victory’ of capturing and murdering Muammar Gaddafi, was handed to them on a plate by foreign forces – the real face behind the so-called Libyan ‘uprising’.
Update: 24 October, 2011
A report by the UK Telegraph adds further weight to the theory that the operation to assassinate Gaddafi was carried out by NATO and its special forces on the ground. The 20 October report titled ‘Col Gaddafi killed: convoy bombed by drone flown by pilot in Las Vegas‘ reveals a number of key facts. In summary:
- British SAS forces and U.S. special forces had been scouring the Sirte area for Gaddafi, unable to find him;
- Approximately a week before he was murdered, NATO had pinpointed Gaddafi’s position after an intelligence breakthrough;
- Anticipating Gaddafi’s movements, NATO held Sirte under close video and audio surveillance from the air and using ground forces;
- The Telegraph report also corroborates the fact that a US Predator drone fired first on the convoy, followed by French aircraft.
This puts paid to NATO’s patently false claims of not knowing that Gaddafi was in the convoy when they struck.
Gaddafi had been under surveillance by Nato forces for the past week after an intelligence breakthrough allowed them to pinpoint his location.
An American drone and an array of Nato eavesdropping aircraft had been trained on his Sirte stronghold to ensure he could not escape.
Intelligence sources have suggested that in his last days Gaddafi broke his rigid rule of telephone silence and was overheard using either a mobile or satellite phone. Voice recognition technology would have instantly picked up any call that he made.
MI6 agents and CIA officers on the ground were also providing intelligence and it is believed that Gaddafi was given a code name in the same way that US forces used the name Geronimo during the operation to kill Osama bin Laden.
Since the fall of Tripoli in August, intelligence services have been searching for Gaddafi across Libya and beyond using agents, special forces and eavesdropping equipment.
US and British special forces had trawled through Gaddafi’s former desert stronghold around Sirte and the south of Libya without finding him.
“US Predators and French drones have been staking out the centre of Sirte for several weeks trying to monitor what’s going on on the battlefield,” said an intelligence source.
“They built up a normal pattern of life picture so that when something unusual happened this morning such as a large group of vehicles gathering together, that came across as highly unusual activity and the decision was taken to follow them and prosecute an attack.”
Electronic warfare aircraft, either an American Rivet Joint or a French C160 Gabriel, also picked up Gaddafi’s movements as he attempted to escape.
The Predator drone, flown out of Sicily and controlled via satellite from a base outside Las Vegas, struck the convoy with a number of Hellfire anti-tank missiles. Moments later French jets, most likely Rafales, swept in, targeting the vehicles with 500lb Paveway bombs or highly accurate £600,000 AASM munitions.