|Having lied to the authorities in the Libyan city of Bani Walid (photo) and after a two week siege and long-distance bombardment with banned chemical weapons, the U.S.-installed regime has launched a military assault on the town
In an attempt to assert its authority over a city which never completely succumbed to the invasion of Libya, the Tripoli occupation regime’s military forces have launched an assault against Bani Walid entering the town to "assert government authority" following an unconstitutional "Resolution No. 7" passed against the city by the Tripoli regime.
The decree "resolution 7" was passed by the U.S.-installed regime headed by Megarief, a Libyan who fled Libya in 1980 and joined the CIA and returned only after the invasion of Tripoli last year, because it wants to capture or kill remaining officials of the Jamahiriya and force its authority upon the city of Bani Walid, population around 100,000.
The ground forces have begun a "full-scale assault" against Bani Walid in spite of the success of mediation efforts, which had been clearly designed only to attempt to loosen the guard of the city and gather intelligence. The operation was delayed because army units in the east of Libya including from Benghazi had refused to take part in the operation.
Numerous casualties including many deaths have been reported on both sides. "We have started to enter Bani Walid and we are not far away from the centre of the town" spokesman for the regime army, Mohammed El-Gandus said.
"If we win this fight, Libya will finally be free" he declared in a reference to the inability to have the city be directly ruled by armed gangs and imposed authorities from abroad, as has occurred in many other towns in Libya.
Initially it had been said the troops would enter the town peacefully as part of a deal brokered with town authorities on Saturday. However shortly after departure of the force having gathered intelligence, it was ordered back to attack.
Regime officials are remaining largely silent although they have publicly attempted to distance themselves from the militias, primarily from Misrata, that they had despatched to lay siege and attack the town with chemical weapons.
However these same officials were the ones giving orders for their dispatch having declared "Resolution 7" passed on September 25th which gave instructions to capture various people in Bani Walid and assert the regime’s authority there.
The day before the invasion, while attacks were still being carried out by long-distance missiles and firing, including the use of banned chemical weapons, another seven people had been killed, and 75 wounded.
With the all-out invasion under-way current casualties could be shocking. The regime’s military spokesperson Mohammed El-Gandus said that around 2,000 forces were involved in the assault and claimed the Bani Walid airport was already under their control.
This was however denied by authorities in Bani Walid as well as residents who said that they had successfully repulsed attacks launched against them. "We are still in control of the airport and they have not entered the town", said Ibrahim Warfalli, a lawyer inside Bani Walid.
Warfalli also said that up to 50 Misratan fighters had been killed yesterday after they were lured into a trap.
Meanwhile regime military mouthpiece El-Gandus said in an interview with occupation media: "The people from Bani Walid are fighting very well because they know they are going to die. This is the last fight between the people supporting Qadhafi and the people supporting the revolution."
The regime forces also call their February 17 conspiracy a "revolution" and say they are fighting for a "free Libya" and a "new Libya". Opponents say they are only fighting from freedom from democracy, socialism and harmonious unity, all of which were offered along with the highest standards of living and security, by the Libyan Jamahiriya.
The regime’s army spokesman said he could not put a date on how long it would take to take control of Bani Walid. "Maybe it will take some days. Maybe something unexpected will happen. It will take time if the people supporting Bani Walid use civilians as a shield. We do not want to kill civilians".
The statement directly contradicted facts on the ground both during last year’s siege and this one, where civilians have been indiscriminately hit by bombardments from up to 60km outside the town, firing missiles, on many occasions containing toxic gases that have caused horrific injuries, hallucinations, frothing at mouth, spasms, and often death.
Already foreign media have shown images and videos from the hospital of young victims under 10 years of age who were badly wounded and are on life support after missile attacks over the past two weeks.
Over the past weeks the city of Bani Walid has been subjected to a siege that was only partly successful given the opposition to the siege across the country. A number of events have taken place even in Tripoli as a result.
These include the breaking out of prisoners, the entry of hundreds of armed men into the regime’s congress hall, the cutting of electricity and thus also water supplies to some towns and other actions of solidarity undertaken across Libya.
Bani Walid was subjected to a months-long siege last year and constant bombing by U.S.-European NATO air forces along with those of Arab Gulf dictatorships notably Qatar, allied with Al-Qaida forces on the ground and primarily terrorists from the coastal city of Misrata which have a 100 year long feud with Bani Walid.
The siege came to an end when some officials the city agreed under pressure to recognize authority of the Benghazi and later Tripoli-based regime which has as yet been unable to form a government. They stopped flying the green Jamahiriya flag on their houses but also refused to fly the flag of the "new" regime.
Since then the city has carried on business as best it can much the same as other towns in Libya which are all fragmented along tribal lines amidst ongoing horrific human rights abuses, terrorism and all-round lawlessness, with the main difference being the ongoing loyalty to the freedom principles of the Libyan revolution.
In the 1990’s compromise was made to have unjust sanctions lifted against Libya which had been imposed upon the country by the U.S. and its allies, allegedly for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which was however based on a $4 million bribe by the CIA, later admitted, buying false testimony.
The compromise involved the return to Libya of "American Libyans" and other Libyans living abroad in exile due to their anti-Libyan activities in attempting to reinstate capitalism, private banking, exploitation and western-style government in place of the people’s power Jamahiriya system.
Some of the sons of Libyan historic leader Muammar Qadhafi were involved in circumventing the people’s authority by awarding positions in the government to the "American Libyans" who later took part in a plot to have the country invaded in 2011 and the puppet regime installed.
The United Nations organization abused its charter in awarding the NATO air forces and commandos of the U.S. and its allies to attack Libya on false pretexts without any investigation into the truth of the situation, in vengeance for Muammar Qadhafi’s expose of the UN calling for its reform in front of the world in 2009.
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