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Did Libya Just Invade Tunisia?

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Sounds crazy but, "Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi crossed into neighbouring Tunisia and fought a gun battle with Tunisian troops in a frontier town as Libya's conflict spilt beyond its borders...Pro-Gaddafi forces fired shells into the town of Dehiba, damaging buildings and injuring at least one resident, and a group of them drove into the town in a truck, local people and a Reuters photographer in the town said. The Libyan government troops were pursuing anti-Gaddafi rebels from the restive Western Mountains region of Libya who fled into Tunisia in the past few days after Gaddafi forces overran the border post the rebels had earlier seized." So is this the carte blanche that Pro Oil liberation forces need in order to justify a land invasion of Libya? And what happens to oil in that case when Gaddafi's back is truly against the wall?

From the Telegraph:

"There were lots of clashes in the town this morning. Lots of gunshots. The Tunisian military clashed with Gaddafi's forces ... Some of Gaddafi's people were killed," said Reuters photographer Zoubeir Souissi from the town.

"There are a lot of Gaddafi's people who were injured. They are in the hospital in Dehiba," he said.

Two residents also told Reuters that shells had fallen on the town from pro-Gaddafi positions across the border in Libya.

"Rounds from the bombardment are falling on houses.... A Tunisian woman was injured," one of the residents, called Ali, told Reuters by telephone.

He said later the fighting and shelling had stopped. "The Tunisian army is combing the town. We have no idea about the fate of Gaddafi's forces there because the Tunisian army closed the gates to the town and nobody is allowed to enter."

A Libyan rebel said anti-Gaddafi fighters had retaken control of the border crossing near Dehiba. The main crossing into Libya, two hours' drive to the north, remains firmly under Libyan government control.

"Right here at this point I'm looking at the new (rebel) flag flying up there at the border. The rebels have got control of it, the freedom fighters. We're just in the process of opening it up," rebel Akram el Muradi said by telephone.

Tunisia, which recently lost its own dictator, has decided to issue a statement, sternly warning against further incursions or else:

Tunisia's government late on Thursday issued a statement condemning incursions by Libyan forces after shells fired by Gaddafi loyalists fell into the desert near the border.

"Given the gravity of what has happened ... the Tunisian authorities have informed the Libyans of their extreme indignation and demand measures to put an immediate stop to these violations," a statement from the foreign ministry said.

Friday's clashes marked the first time that Libyan government ground forces had crossed the border and entered a Tunisian town.

h/t Stuart


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Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:45 | 1220110 falak pema
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the UN now has an international aggression excuse to turn the screw on Q-daffy. The Brit and French special forces will get the green light for an even bigger bunker blitzkrieg

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 11:42 | 1220649 Confuchius
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Muammar, it has been reliably reported by the unimpeachable reuterz noos spigot, is also about to invade Iraq and Afghanistan to send the alien invaders packing and to take from them the oil and the heroin which are wasted simply propping up all their bankrupt "banks" such as GSuks, JPMorgue, boa, etc. etc.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:49 | 1220969 kengland
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False flag, black ops CIA. Now gives NATO the excuse they need for boots.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:43 | 1220112 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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DOW doesn't care. SPY doesn't care. Gold weak, silver weak, oil weak.

Up is down, down is up. Black is white, white is black.

Order out of chaos : New World Order.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 15:27 | 1221796 Cpl Hicks
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Why, I ask you, should anybody care? It's really just a whoop-de-fucking-do, right? Libyans (presumably the 'Quadaffy' variation) exchanging the usual inaccurate gunfire (really just the ineffectual gestures that the Arab male is so fond of) with Tunisians (the 'we lost our dictator' variations). Why bring up the NWO? Weren't you told not to bring that up? Didn't you get the memo, MonkeyBoy?

The last communique I got from Cheney in the Bilderberg/Trilateral Commision bunker said ixnay on any public discussion of the plans.

Dick is probably looking for you right now.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:44 | 1220116 smlbizman
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consider your "carte blanche......sentence as a perfect bulls eye

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:44 | 1220119 trav7777
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better get those dozers in there to carry off Kaddafi's 599s too

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:47 | 1220131 Drag Racer
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all-kinda did it

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:52 | 1220132 Mercury
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Maybe the falafel is just that much better in Tunisia.

An army marches on its stomach you know...

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:15 | 1220258 Ruffcut
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Didn't you get the NWO memo about the "soldiers without borders" campaign?

Don't need no stinkin borders.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:50 | 1220134 X. Kurt OSis
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I think the Archduke Ferdinand just got capped.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:53 | 1220148 tip e. canoe
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my thoughts exactly

in Poland with a bolt action rifle and a boxcutter

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:19 | 1220273 X. Kurt OSis
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It's equally typical that such "small" events get completely overlooked, no reaction whatsoever.

Just another butterfly flapping its wings.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:35 | 1220906 Ahmeexnal
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Well, just look at that butterfly's effects down in Mississipi.


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 15:33 | 1221818 Cpl Hicks
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I saw Michelle O standing out in public wearing a ratty white t-shirt with her gut hanging out.

Can we blame that on the butterfly?

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:48 | 1220136 MonsterZero
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I believe the soldiers were trying to show their passports to the rebels who controlled the border crossing. It's the rebels fault for running away.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:54 | 1220151 cxl9
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I am shocked at this behavior. Invading another sovereign nation, without a declaration of war and in defiance of international law, on only the most specious of justifications. Good thing the United States would never do something like that.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:13 | 1220230 rodocostarica
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Correct. This type of thing would never happen in the USA We have our constitution to protect agianst that.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:13 | 1220247 solidsteele
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Global dictatorships don't need permission

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:28 | 1220306 citrine
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+1 lol

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:27 | 1220854 luciusfargo
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haha lol that's like that time Britain invaded Germany on specious justifications. Hate it when global hegemons push around the nice little guys. Probably for oil or cocoa or something.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:29 | 1220861 Mpizzie
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+ 1000!

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:54 | 1220155 Sudden Debt
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I had the same kind of event happening to me just a few days ago.

I typed in my GPS go to a city in West Flanders and I ended up over the border of France.


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:54 | 1220164 falak pema
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but then you have an're a Belgian! GPS or no GPS.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 14:04 | 1221358 andybev01
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I had the same kind of event happening to me just a few days ago.

I typed in my GPS go to a city in West Flanders and I ended up over the border of France."

Did they surrender?

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:52 | 1220156 Sutton
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John McCain: "We're all Tunisians now"

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:55 | 1220170 falak pema
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does he eat couscous?

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:53 | 1220158 ivana
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Looks like europeans and NATO realy fucked up and need some "help" ... jesus help us to survive jerking of powerz

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:57 | 1220169 sabra1
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Tunisia has better looking women, or guys!

as per CNBC headline:

US Says Gaddafi Troops Raping, Issued Viagra
Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:56 | 1220172 falak pema
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why viagra? that's for seventy year olds!

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:20 | 1220255 the not so migh...
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They should go organic and use Ginsing

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:25 | 1220299 Flakmeister
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White Rhino horn....


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:03 | 1220745 hbjork1
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Ginsing doesn't do it for 70 year olds.  Voice of experience.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:13 | 1220789 Flakmeister
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First winner of the ZH Most Candid Truthful Statement award...


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 13:46 | 1221255 falak pema
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can't stop progress!

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:28 | 1220869 Mpizzie
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Makes me wonder at which point they will start throwing babies from incubators on to their stiff sabres?

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:59 | 1220173 taxpayer102
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Ten reasons why the U.S. role in Libya is a CIA operation :


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:00 | 1220177 taxpayer102
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Ten reasons why the U.S. role in Libya is a CIA operation :

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:06 | 1220193 mynhair
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Did TRE hit the motherlode?

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 11:30 | 1220605 Montgomery Burns
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Oh.... I get it now. (After running and checking yahoo finance TRE quote)  Duh!

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:07 | 1220197 FranSix
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Tunisia is where the revolution began months ago.  I can see why failed-state Libya harbours animosity towards the neighbouring country.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:55 | 1221007 sun tzu
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Sure and NATO is bombing Libya purely for humanitarian reasons

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 13:29 | 1221155 FranSix
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If I were to venture an educated guess: any former security apparatchiks escaping punishment from Tunisia who found work in Libya killing more people at random for Quadaffi do not differentiate from operating over the Libyan border.

As for NATO, its no good to them unless its a turkey shoot.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:11 | 1220199 bankonzhongguo
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This is another Gulf of Tonkin deal.  The SAS have been operating out of Tunisia in support of some Berber tribes.  They are trying to entice Libya over the border so that British can put ground troops in Tunisia for humanitarian purposes and hence operate closer to Tripoli.  Hey, look a royal wedding!  Its a little disconcerting to see the UN (Russia and China) (must be a "let the US die by a thousand paper cuts" policy) using a rubber stamp on these operations.  Let's hope that Obama doesn't use the Mexican 'drug war' to put blue helmets into Arizona.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:37 | 1220343 1100-TACTICAL-12
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I bet those blue helmets show real good in a scope... just sayin.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:43 | 1220378 Bubbles...bubbl...
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The people in Juarez have been asking for blue helmets for months.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 13:00 | 1221018 sun tzu
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Yes because a bunch of impotent UN cops will stop the violence just like they did in the Congo

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:10 | 1220218 PulauHantu29
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"Borders?"....these are nothing more then political boundaries created by some far away powerful nation at some time in the past......the Real Borders are the ancient Tribal boundaries that still exist on the ground.

Once again, it's "Fairy Land" v. "on the ground" reality that determines their intentions.

That being said, I hope their conflict ends soon, Sarkozy gets his Nobel Peace Prize for bombing the heack out of Libya and we all hope the oil starts flowing again.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:26 | 1220251 jesusonline
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John McCain: 'The Libyan Rebels Are My Heroes!'

Keep supporting them with MSM propaganda and funds.

What eludes most of the folks is that what's happening in the MENA countries, ie Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrein, Yemen, etc - is all part of the plan to radicalize the whole region. This is going to be a test bed for a whole bunch of Islam regimes who've managed to "break free from their dictators" and then "UNEXPECTEDLY" (haha!) went rogue.  

Libyan rebellion has radical Islamist fervor: Benghazi link to Islamic militancy:U.S. Military Document Reveals

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:24 | 1220297 Ruffcut
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"John McCain: 'The Libyan Rebels Are My Heroes!' "

He probably meant "The lesbian divas are my whoreO's"

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:25 | 1220290 cabernet
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Gaddafi will fight to the finish, he has made that clear. He is arming the citizens of the country. He knows foreigner cannot win a gorilla war. The locals always have the advantaged. Snipe here, snipe there, strategically placed bombs, and the invaders quickly become demoralized. I keep wondering when people will care about the chaos in the Middle East. It grows and grows and nobody seems to care. I guess the people will care if the oil is cutoff, and the price heads to $200+ per bbl. That will get peoples attention. Until then...


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 13:03 | 1221024 sun tzu
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He knows foreigner cannot win a gorilla war

Can they win a chimpanzee war?


The people don't want these wars. It is the Western governments and media that are fanning the flames of hate.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 17:47 | 1222264 pizzgums
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it's not the westerners.  try the other direction, it's the Persians and their minions doing the islamic boogie.


Doesn't anyone remember Khomeinie and his doctrine of "Invisible Hands"?


buncha children around here with no memory and no knowledge of history.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 17:48 | 1222278 pizzgums
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dbl post

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:36 | 1220333 Josh Randall
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False Flag - excuse to go groundtroopin' for NATO, to protect their newest member...Tunisia. What's that, you missed the Press Conference that they were added to NATO ? Oh well, it's here somewhere...I believe the white house has a backdated layered document around they can post up later online

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:51 | 1220414 legal eagle
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Stop the madness, bring our troops home. End the empire. Let the Arabs manage themselves.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 10:54 | 1220424 legal eagle
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Palin is wrong about pretty much everything except her label "lamestream" media. When is the last time you saw a real report on Iraq or Afganistan?

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 13:09 | 1221049 sun tzu
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I'm not a fan of hers, but is she wrong when she said that we need to balance the budget and live within our means?

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 11:05 | 1220488 MachoMan
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I'm not so sure it was an invasion...  maybe they were just taking the super secret libian winnebago for a spin?

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 11:20 | 1220569 Dan The Man
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What a sham....Q-Daffy is just working for McCain&LittleMissSpoke.


Fri, 04/29/2011 - 11:24 | 1220585 f16hoser
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CIA did what?

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 11:28 | 1220587 f16hoser
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Black Swan! Escalation Next!

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 11:38 | 1220640 CrashisOptimistic
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The rebel forces aren't very good at fighting, but they are hell on getting two sources to tell a reporter what he wants to hear so they can get NATO to fight for them.

It's rather past time for Russian military advisors to arrive on the scene to work with Gadaffi's troops.  Maybe a few Chinese oil advisors to work with Gadaffi, too.  Fair is fair.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 13:11 | 1221059 sun tzu
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I doubt it. These little fairy tales are all coming from the Western governments and media.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 11:55 | 1220719 alien-IQ
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This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. And as always, in a situation like this, the only question that needs to be asked to arrive at the answer of what the fuck is really going on is: Cui Bono?

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:20 | 1220820 onlooker
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Party on at Exxon and the Oil Family tonight.


Party on in Afghanistan by the Terror Family.


Party on in Iraq, Syria, and who knows where.


Obama the Warrior on the March, A strong leader to be re-elected.





Fri, 04/29/2011 - 13:37 | 1221185 The Barber Us Relic
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yup :(

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 12:29 | 1220877 Tense INDIAN
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Now why in the world would Gaddafi attack Tunisia...???? can we believe  this news.......??....they are looking for an excuse for an Land Invasion anyway/......

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 15:43 | 1221875 Cpl Hicks
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Now why in the world would Gaddafi attack Tunisia...???

Maybe because he heard there was a washed silk camo cloth done up in subdued desert reds, oasis greens and sunset oranges for sale in the souk in Tunis. 

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 13:41 | 1221193 schizo321437
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Arbitrary lines are being redrawn.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 13:49 | 1221261 bugs_
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there is something in tunisia that was causing problems for old Muamar.  You betcha.

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 13:50 | 1221288 falak pema
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maybe Q-daffy wants to take Carthage. He has seen the roman light and is now singing "blame it all on Carthage, boys!" Like Old Cato did! ...

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