August 11th, 2011
09:09 AM ET

Rights group: NATO must probe allegations it killed Libyan civilians

A leading human rights organization is calling on NATO to investigate allegations that it killed 85 civilians during airstrikes on forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

The demand by Amnesty International Wednesday followed government accusations days earlier that NATO killed civilians in the western part of the country to help clear the way for rebels advancing on the Gadhafi-controlled city of Zlitan.

"NATO continues to stress its commitment to protect civilians. To that effect, it should thoroughly investigate this and all other recent incidents in which civilians were reportedly killed in western Libya as a result of airstrikes," Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui of Amnesty International said in a statement.

Eighty-five civilians, including 33 children, were killed in airstrikes Monday near the village of Majer, Gadhafi's government said.

NATO says its warplanes Monday struck two farms used as a staging point for Gadhafi's forces.

"This is a legitimate target. And by striking it, NATO has reduced pro-Gadhafi forces capabilities to threaten and attack civilians," said Col. Roland Lavoie, a spokesman for the NATO operation.

"We do not have evidence of civilian casualties at this stage, although casualties among military personnel, including mercenaries, are very likely due to the nature of the target."

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  1. Philip

    NATO is US, not them. sheesh

    August 11, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Good post George Patton,thank you.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. HelenHull102951

    Good post Lyndsie Graham,thank you.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Good post Philip. Thank you.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. The Glory of War by Philip

    (a true account) As a young mother was nursing her baby on the porch of her home in Fallujah, Iraq, four armed gunmen working for Blackwater took her baby, threw the baby in a mud-puddle, and machine-gunned the baby in two. Then they rayped her repeatadly. While the US media reported how an Army doctor was able to save the baby's life, they failed to report the rest of the story, even though it was included in the Reuters release. So I'm reporting it now. This story is a microcosm of how civilians are targeted, not just by bombs...but by men. Men you pay 10K per day to do the dirty work that can later be plausably denied, and was. (more stories to come, so don't leave just yet)

    August 11, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Thank you Philip for saying what the right-wing news media doesn't. They just want to sugarcoat NATO and glorify this obscene war and brainwash us further!

      August 11, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. The Glory of War by Philip

    She was only 12, going to school full-time and working 2 after-school jobs to help her family survive, for her father had already been labeled 'collateral damage". Her first job was working in a field next to a river with a bridge that led to her second job, tending another field...just helping the other workers, bringing them water, etc. One day, as she was crossing the bridge, a group of soldiers were crossing the bridge too, but in the other direction...headed straight for her. So she stopped and backed herself up against the side of the footbridge to allow them to pass. One of the "soldiers" grabbed her and threw her off the bridge to her death. There were literally hundreds of witnesses who reported this horrifying event. At least they didn't all take turns rayping her, as is the custom during occupations and wars. Glorious wars. God bless America Wars.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @Lydsie...thanks. True, Libya is in the midst of a civil-war. But the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan were over a long time ago. What we see now is what happens when one country occupies another. So let's stop calling these occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan "wars on terror". They are occupations of peoples who would rather not be occupied, and so resist. A man defending the land he worked for all of his life is not a "terrorist". He is a man defending his home and family from the invaders. Nothing more, nothing less.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Libya was B4 Afghanistan by Philip

    Both the King of Libya and the Taliban government of Afghanistan refused to allow westerners access to their peoples land. Gadhaffi was recruited and trained at a war-college in London, and overthrew the King with GB's assistance. Then GB was granted access. FF 3 decades or so to Afghanistan, where we see the gov. there refusing westerners access to the famed T.A.G. (the trans-afghan pipeline) Just as soon as the gov. of afghanistan was brought down, the new gov. led by an American citizen named Karzai, allowed these western oil coprorations access to the TAG. The very same men who led this nation to war on Afghanistan, politicians who are now out of office, operate The Carlyle Group...owners of the Caspian Basin's mineral rights that were totally worthless until the TAG was secured by US military forces. The basin is land-locked and needs theTAG to get the oil and Ng to market. Who are these men who planned the invasion of of Afghanistan for personal profit? google they keywords i've supplied and find who.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Oopsy. TAG should be TAP, trans-afghan pipeline. beg pardon. he he, but if you google 'TAG afghanistan', you'll find stage 3 pre-planned for the rayping of Afghanistans vast mineral deposits. A joint-venture between American bankers and the Pentagon.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    This is my first post on this thread.

    I see my troll, Dick, has been here.

    I also see my troll's troll, Dick®, has defended me.
    Thank you, Dick®.
    Appreciate it! 😉

    August 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Good post, banasy, thank you.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sindee

    Jeez, does this Philip hijack every thread?

    August 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. termlimits

    Who gives a crap!!

    August 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Wars are glorified sores which have been appearing on the collective psyche of humanity in evry era. They deprive those who we glorify as soldiers, of basic human emotions. Torture, corruption, insanity, occupation, oppression are all legacy of wars.
    Even to day we are engaged in two open ended wars & military conflicts in Yemen & Libya. What do we witness everyday? Death & detruction. Our sodiers dying, coming home maimed & scarred for life. Post trauma syndromes, suicides, diseases. Innocent men, women & children dying in thousands in those . Homes & whole country sides destroyed , economies shattered. Kill, kill & be killed.
    How long can we continue endorsing this madness ?
    Indifferent to all this & the mess this country is facing of their making, our divine politicians both Dems & Repubs are preparing for a pilgrimage to Israel in the next three weeks. For getting elected or re-elected and to renew their pledge of allegiance & more aid perhaps.
    As for us ordinary Americans we continue to wonder who to turn to ? God?

    August 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Yeah, purty much. Not every single thread though. Just the one's that are all tangled up and need respooled. I have a big bobbin that holds lotsa thread. Lotsa thread.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
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