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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Battle for Tripoli in Photos

Battle for Tripoli in Photos
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Warning: This Post Contains Graphic and Violent Images
In other words… some photos are not for the weak of heart
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Tens of thousands of Libyans celebrate with the rebels...
Image Credit: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP
* Time.com brings us the following Photo Essay by Yuri Kozyrev and write-up by Abigail Hauslohner.
Click it out at link below…
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* Aljazeera.net has this: Following weeks of military stalemate, anti-Gaddafi forces gain control of key cities and advance into Tripoli…
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* CBSNews.com:
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The Toll of the Battle for Tripoli
Originally uploaded August 28, 2011
This video posted on YouTube by AlArabiya
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* The New York Times has the following collection of GREAT photos at link below…
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The following link also from the NYT has a good read by Rod Nordland
AubreyJ........
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Photo for the Day - August 29, 2011

* Photo for the Day *
-- Sunrise --
On Saturday, August 27, 2011, International Space Station Astronaut Ron Garan pointed an HD camera out a window of the Cupola to film one of the sixteen sunrises astronauts see each day. This sunrise image shows the rising sun as the International Space Station flew along a path between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Image Credit: NASA

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While we are on the topic of the International Space Station
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- Here’s a troubling read I found this afternoon on the CNET.com website. It starts off like this… The failure of an unmanned Russian Soyuz booster during launch last week has thrown a wrench into International Space Station operations, with upcoming fights to and from the lab complex facing delays that likely will result in extended operations with a reduced crew of three, a senior NASA manager said today…
Read the full report at link below
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- Chron.com had this report up on their website this Monday evening and it started off like this…  NASA may be forced to evacuate the International Space Station unless its Russian partners can find a quick fix to a problem with their primary launch system… That was the blunt message Monday from Mike Suffredini, the Houston-based manager of the large, orbiting laboratory… "We're going to do what's safest for the crew and the space station," Suffredini said…
Read the rest at link below…
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- Fox News reports it this way…
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AubreyJ………
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

CIA Drone Kills Al Qaeda No. 2

* The New York Times brings us the following good news and it starts off like this… A drone operated by the Central Intelligence Agency killed Al Qaeda’s second-ranking figure in the mountains of Pakistan on Monday, American and Pakistani officials said Saturday, further damaging a terrorism network that appears significantly weakened since the death of Osama bin Laden in May… An American official said that the drone strike killed Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, a Libyan who in the last year had taken over as Al Qaeda’s top operational planner. Mr. Rahman was in frequent contact with Bin Laden in the months before the terrorist leader was killed on May 2 by a Navy Seals team, intelligence officials have said…
Read the rest at link below…
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DoS file photo - Atiyah Abd al-Rahman
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AubreyJ………

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene - August 26-27, 2011

* Hurricane Irene *
Friday-Saturday, August 26-27, 2011
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Up-To-Date Info on:
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HURRICANE IRENE and
TROPICAL DEPRESSION TEN
Can be found at...
NOAA’s Official Website - HERE
Irene: Public Advisory - Depression Ten: Public Advisory
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Latest Satellite Imagery at links below...
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Hurricane Irene Viewed on Thursday
by Space Station Cameras
About above Video: Cameras mounted on the International Space Station captured new views of Hurricane Irene as it churned across the Bahamas at 3:47 p.m. EDT on August 25, 2011. Irene, which is a massive and powerful category 3 hurricane, is moving north-northwest toward a likely brush with the outer banks of North Carolina Saturday before tracking up the Mid-Atlantic States and a possible path over the metropolitan New York area and New England late this weekend. (Video just under 9 minutes long.)
This video courtesy of NASA
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Above Links/Images will auto update over the next so many days, so check back!
AubreyJ..........
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Info/Map and Satellite Imagery by NWS TPC... National Hurricane Center, Miami FL/SSD

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sneak Peak: George W. Bush - The 9/11 Interview

White House file photo
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-- President Bush Looks Back --
George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview:
This SUNDAY, August 28th - 10 pm ET/PT
President Bush recalls the events surrounding the fateful autumn morning
of September 11th, 2001.
This Video posted on YouTube by NationalGeographic
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I’ll be watching!
As I posted on my FaceBook account yesterday…
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Hello gang…

Say what you may... but I still feel President George W Bush got all this started, that we are seeing today in the Middle East, way back when...

What say you?
AubreyJ………

Either way…
Freedom -
It is such a Powerful Thing
This video posted on YouTube by me, AubreyJ818
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Libya: On Ground Updates - August 24, 2011

-- Libya: On Ground Updates --
Libya's Rebel Council Announces $1.3 Million Bounty for the Capture… DEAD or ALIVE of Fugitive Leader Gadhafi
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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* MiamiHerald.com brings us the following report that starts off like this… Libya's rebel council on Wednesday announced a bounty of $1.7 million for the capture - dead or alive - of fugitive leader Moammar Gadhafi, who vowed in an audio recording to fight until "victory or martyrdom" even as it seemed increasingly clear that his regime had all but ended… For the second straight day, rebels were inside Gadhafi's sprawling, palm-dotted Bab al Aziziyah compound in Tripoli, battling the remnants of Gadhafi's forces. Cementing their capture of the compound, a once-forbidding place that had served as Gadhafi's power nexus, would be a key symbolic victory… But rebel leaders were already laying plans to begin the gargantuan task of remaking their nation after four decades of Gadhafi's repressive rule…
Read the full report at link below
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Rebels celebrate in Col Gaddafi's compound
Raw video footage: Jubilant opposition troops began to search the vast Bab al-Azizia compound
room by room in the hope of finding their former leader somewhere…
This video posted on YouTube by telegraphtv
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More to come…
AubreyJ………
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Libya: On Ground Updates - August 21, 2011

Libya: On Ground Updates
Gadhafi's Rule...
Gadhafi's Stronghold Falls...
As Libya Rebels Rush Into Green Square
Taking Tripoli - Capturing two Gadhafi Sons
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Map by CIA
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* CNN gets us up to date with the following report that goes in part like this. ...Just after midnight Sunday, scores of raucous rebel supporters packed Green Square... the same place where Gadhafi loyalists have congregated regularly... celebrating, waving the rebel flag and even flashing the "victory" sign... NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday that "the Gadhafi regime is clearly crumbling," and urged the leader to acknowledge defeat... "The rebel fighters are in control of most of the neighborhoods in Tripoli," said the rebel spokesman, Ibrahim... A main supply route into western Tripoli... which, earlier Sunday, had been the scene of intense fighting... was clear early Monday, occupied only by rebels heading toward the capital...
Read the full report at link below...
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Video courtesy of CNN
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POST UPDATE:
Monday, August 22, 2011
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“The real moment of victory is when Gaddafi is captured”
Statement by: Mustafa Abdul Jalil, head of the National Transitional Council
The Washington Post's Thomas Erdbrink reports from Tripoli where Libyans are celebrating and anticipating the fall of Moammar Gaddafi after rebels made advances into the capital city. (August 21st)
* The Washington Post has the following report this Monday morning and it starts off like this… With rebel fighters on the verge of consolidating control of Libya’s capital, the head of the rebel council based in the eastern part of the country congratulated them on what he called their heroism and urged them not to take vengeance against government loyalists… “The youth of Libya have written an epic heroic battle,” Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the National Transitional Council, said in a somewhat rambling briefing for reporters in the eastern rebel capital of Benghazi. “They are here in Libya to banish the injustice that covered Libya for the last 42 years and they assured the National Transitional Council and the world that they will put down their arms when this is over.”… Abdel Jalil warned that the battle is not yet won, despite the major gains in the capital of Tripoli and the celebrations by government opponents throughout the country. Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte has yet to rise against him and Abdel Jalil said the only way for it to fall is through an internal rebellion…
Read the full report at link below…
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Statement by the NATO Secretary General
on the situation in Libya
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  The Qadhafi regime is clearly crumbling. The sooner Qadhafi realises that he cannot win the battle against his own people, the better -- so that the Libyan people can be spared further bloodshed and suffering…
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  The Libyan people have suffered tremendously under Qadhafi’s rule for over four decades.  Now they have a chance for a new beginning.  Now is the time for all threats against civilians to stop, as the United Nations Security Council demanded.  Now is the time to create a new Libya – a state based on freedom, not fear; democracy, not dictatorship; the will of the many, not the whims of a few.
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  That transition must come peacefully.  It must come now. And it must be led and defined by the Libyan people.
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  NATO is ready to work with the Libyan people and with the Transitional National Council, which holds a great responsibility. They must make sure that the transition is smooth and inclusive, that the country stays united, and that the future is founded on reconciliation and respect for human rights.
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  Qadhafi's remaining allies and forces also have a great responsibility. It is time to end their careers of violence. The world is watching them. This is their opportunity to side with the Libyan people and choose the right side of history.
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  We will continue to monitor military units and key facilities, as we have since March, and when we see any threatening moves towards the Libyan people, we will act in accordance with our UN mandate.
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  Our goal throughout this conflict has been to protect the people of Libya, and that is what we are doing.
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  Because the future of Libya belongs to the Libyan people.  And it is for the international community to assist them, with the United Nations and the Contact Group playing a leading role. NATO wants the Libyan people to be able to decide their future in freedom and in peace. Today, they can start building that future.
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Here’s the Video…
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Above statement/photo/Video from NATO official website

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About above photo: President Barack Obama receives a national security briefing from John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism, in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., Aug. 19, 2011.
Official White House photo by Pete Souza
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Here’s the transcript of Obama's statement
No video tonight
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Statement by President Obama on Libya
Blue Heron Farm, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Monday, August 22, 2011
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2:20pm EDT
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    THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I just completed a call with my National Security Council on the situation in Libya.  And earlier today I spoke to Prime Minister Cameron about the extraordinary events taking place there.
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  The situation is still very fluid.  There remains a degree of uncertainty and there are still regime elements who pose a threat.  But this much is clear:  The Qaddafi regime is coming to an end, and the future of Libya is in the hands of its people.
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  In just six months, the 42-year reign of Muammar Qaddafi has unraveled.  Earlier this year, we were inspired by the peaceful protests that broke out across Libya.  This basic and joyful longing for human freedom echoed the voices that we had heard all across the region, from Tunis to Cairo.  In the face of these protests, the Qaddafi regime responded with brutal crackdowns.  Civilians were murdered in the streets.  A campaign of violence was launched against the Libyan people.  Qaddafi threatened to hunt peaceful protestors down like rats.  As his forces advanced across the country, there existed the potential for wholesale massacres of innocent civilians.
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  In the face of this aggression, the international community took action.  The United States helped shape a U.N. Security Council resolution that mandated the protection of Libyan civilians.  An unprecedented coalition was formed that included the United States, our NATO partners and Arab nations.  And in March, the international community launched a military operation to save lives and stop Qaddafi’s forces in their tracks.
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  In the early days of this intervention the United States provided the bulk of the firepower, and then our friends and allies stepped forward.  The Transitional National Council established itself as a credible representative of the Libyan people.  And the United States, together with our European allies and friends across the region, recognized the TNC as the legitimate governing authority in Libya.
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  Qaddafi was cut off from arms and cash, and his forces were steadily degraded.  From Benghazi to Misrata to the western mountains, the Libyan opposition courageously confronted the regime, and the tide turned in their favor.
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  Over the last several days, the situation in Libya has reached a tipping point as the opposition increased its coordination from east to west, took town after town, and the people of Tripoli rose up to claim their freedom.
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  For over four decades, the Libyan people have lived under the rule of a tyrant who denied them their most basic human rights.  Now, the celebrations that we’ve seen in the streets of Libya shows that the pursuit of human dignity is far stronger than any dictator.  I want to emphasize that this is not over yet.  As the regime collapses, there is still fierce fighting in some areas, and we have reports of regime elements threatening to continue fighting.
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  Although it’s clear that Qaddafi’s rule is over, he still has the opportunity to reduce further bloodshed by explicitly relinquishing power to the people of Libya and calling for those forces that continue to fight to lay down their arms for the sake of Libya.
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  As we move forward from this pivotal phase, the opposition should continue to take important steps to bring about a transition that is peaceful, inclusive and just.  As the leadership of the TNC has made clear, the rights of all Libyans must be respected.  True justice will not come from reprisals and violence; it will come from reconciliation and a Libya that allows its citizens to determine their own destiny.
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  In that effort, the United States will be a friend and a partner.  We will join with allies and partners to continue the work of safeguarding the people of Libya.  As remaining regime elements menace parts of the country, I’ve directed my team to be in close contact with NATO as well as the United Nations to determine other steps that we can take.  To deal with the humanitarian impact, we’re working to ensure that critical supplies reach those in need, particularly those who have been wounded.
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  Secretary Clinton spoke today with her counterparts from leading nations of the coalition on all these matters.  And I’ve directed Ambassador Susan Rice to request that the U.N. Secretary General use next month’s general assembly to support this important transition.
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  For many months, the TNC has been working with the international community to prepare for a post-Qaddafi Libya.  As those efforts proceed, our diplomats will work with the TNC as they ensure that the institutions of the Libyan state are protected, and we will support them with the assets of the Qaddafi regime that were frozen earlier this year.  Above all, we will call for an inclusive transition that leads to a democratic Libya.
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  As we move forward, we should also recognize the extraordinary work that has already been done.  To the American people, these events have particular resonance.  Qaddafi’s regime has murdered scores of American citizens in acts of terror in the past.  Today we remember the lives of those who were taken in those acts of terror and stand in solidarity with their families.  We also pay tribute to Admiral Sam Locklear and all of the men and women in uniform who have saved so many lives over the last several months, including our brave pilots that have executed their mission with skill and extraordinary bravery.  And all of this was done without putting a single U.S. troop on the ground.
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  To our friends and allies, the Libyan intervention demonstrates what the international community can achieve when we stand together as one -- although the efforts in Libya are not yet over.  NATO has once more proven that it is the most capable alliance in the world and that its strength comes from both its firepower and the power of our democratic ideals.  And the Arab members of our coalition have stepped up and shown what can be achieved when we act together as equal partners.  Their actions send a powerful message about the unity of our effort and our support for the future of Libya.
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  Finally, the Libyan people:  Your courage and character have been unbreakable in the face of a tyrant.  An ocean divides us, but we are joined in the basic human longing for freedom, for justice and for dignity.  Your revolution is your own, and your sacrifices have been extraordinary.  Now, the Libya that you deserve is within your reach.  Going forward, we will stay in close coordination with the TNC to support that outcome.  And though there will be huge challenges ahead, the extraordinary events in Libya remind us that fear can give way to hope and that the power of people striving for freedom can bring about a brighter day.
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Thank you very much.
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END 2:27pm EDT

Statement from the Office of the Press Secretary
Photo courtesy of  the White House – Official White House Photo by Chuck Kenned
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More to come...
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