In Violation Of UN Resolution, Western "Boots" Are Now On The Libyan Ground

Tyler Durden's picture

In a TV slip caught by Al Jazeera, yet another Zero Hedge prediction has been confirmed: namely that it was only a matter of time before NATO "boots on the ground" would promptly replace the CIA's "sandals on the ground" in a fully Western-backed land invastion of Libya. Since it is too early to predict the nationality of the armed invaders, we will assume they are British as Al Jazeera speculates, because otherwise Congress is about to find itself in an unprecedented scandal for completely ignoring its duty to impose the War Powers Act, which in turn would mean that the President now has a unilateral right to enforce the invasion of any country he so chooses. We will leave the bitter implications of what this could mean, as America celebrates, and remembers the lives of so many who died for this once great country, to others.

From Al Jazeera:


And from The Guardian:

Armed westerners have been filmed on the front line with rebels near Misrata in the first apparent confirmation that foreign special forces are playing an active role in the Libyan conflict.

A group of six westerners are clearly visible in a report by al-Jazeera from Dafniya, described as the westernmost point of the rebel lines west of the town of Misrata. Five of them were armed and wearing sand-coloured clothes, peaked caps, and cotton Arab scarves.

The sixth, apparently the most senior of the group, was carrying no visible weapon and wore a pink, short-sleeve shirt. He may be an intelligence officer. The group is seen talking to rebels and then quickly leaving on being spotted by the television crew.

The footage emerged as South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, arrived in Tripoli in an attempt to broker a ceasefire. He described reports that he would ask Muammar Gaddafi to step down as "misleading", and said he would instead focus on humanitarian measures and ways to implement a plan concocted by the African Union for Libya make a transition to democratic rule but not seek Gaddafi's exile.

The westerners were seen by al-Jazeera on rebel lines late last week, days before British and French attack helicopters are due to join the Nato campaign. They are likely to be deployed on the outskirts of Misrata, from where pro-Gaddafi forces continue to shell rebel positions to the east.

There have been numerous reports in the British press that SAS soldiers are acting as spotters in Libya to help Nato warplanes target pro-Gaddafi forces. In March, six special forces soldiers and two MI6 officers were detained by rebel fighters when they landed on an abortive mission to meet rebel leaders in Benghazi, in an embarrassing episode for the SAS.

Once again, the west has overstepped its UN-granted powers in the pursuit of humanitarian extraction of crude oil.

The subject is sensitive as the UN security council resolution in March
authorising the use of force in Libya specifically excludes "a foreign
occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory

The situation, however, is about to come to a fore, after it was announced that Libyan rebels have now officially run out of crude oil, meaning that absent on the ground reinforcements, Gadaffi is about to win the civil war.

And while the UK and the other members of the security council could not care less, we somehow doubt that China and Russia will allow a full-blown land invasion of Libya pass without a veto and what appears to be the next diplomatic scandal.

h/t Steve

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spanish inquisition's picture

We need more incentive for new wars, our emotional tank is getting empty... Is it time to bring out the mother of all false flags?

goldfish1's picture

People are running on empty. They're tired on every level. They are beat down. Only a very few won't go quietly into the night.

spanish inquisition's picture

Another dupe. Must be running me through the NSA mainframe.

Hephasteus's picture

Lets see they liquified new madrid fault line for a week overflowed the mississipi river. Hit with harp 2.5 hz signal for 36 straight hours and it didn't blow. They got some sinkholes out of it but no boom. They just dont understand that the rockbed is too strong it requires enormous pressue and the "fraking" for natural gas cover story isn't going to weaken it enough.

Homeboy security has ordered up all the body bags but the h1n1 thing didn't work. The new madrid thing didn't work. So now it's plan C. I'm willing to bet dollars for donuts that the nuclear false flag has something to do with  a couple of suit case nukes going off somehwere close to new madrid followed by a huge haarp hit on it before the liquification and plate lubrication dries up.

Some people in japan have figured it out already too.

Transformer's picture

Do you have a link to the Haarp 2.5 hz for 36 hr, etc.  ???

Cathartes Aura's picture

de-junked with a +100 to tide you over. . .

I've been watching the middle-states-action too, and it would appear the "weather" isn't fully pwned as yet, hmmm.

japan however. . . phew! pretty much minimum 2 or 3 quakes at around 5.0 +/- daily. . . I've seen a few "liquificaton" vids, but that one is hands down the freakiest!

Green Leader's picture

That video gave me goosebumps.

Alpha Monkey's picture

It seems to me, that the dillution of several complex emotions into an "all encompassing one" would be the "simplified tard".

Of course if you want to strangle peoples emotions so they can't feel the poisonous effects of their heartless actions, then I guess we are destined to continue being lead by bankers and war mongers.

Fuck feelings, money makes me feel better.... 


Hephasteus's picture

Some people can discriminate feelings just as easily as other people can sip a spoon full of soup and write the recipe down for it.

legal eagle's picture

I think it is time for those of us who are productive and educated to leave the US. I see no future in this land that USED to be a constitutional republic of democratic states. I assist people of means expatriate . Now, my exit shall come at the end of the year. I intend on following my own advice. What a sad country we have become, devoid of higher principles and devoid of the rule of law.

Lower Class Elite's picture

OH NO!  Another educated producer is going to go all Rand-y and leave the US for La Republica del Stupid Gringo or some other such totally awesome and safe place.  Whatever shall we uneducated poor people do?  Oh, the horror.  Fare thee well, brave producer!  Thanks for all the producin' I'm sure you've done (especially if you're a lawyer!  That's a real fancy high-productivity job!).  Don't let the door hit ya, etc.  I gotta go weed the garden now.  Take care!   

Prometheus418's picture

Germany is offering a 60K Euro bonus to any immigrant with an Engineering background.  Of course, then you've gotta pay for Greece.

Astrolabe's picture

haha that's awesome, and so true. the rand-ite in my family is an attorney. they're all fucking attorneys, or in government, or they're banksters. they're never the steve jobs' of the world, are they? they're the alan greenspans.

in the end, that rand bullshit only serves to 1. provide cover for parasites - by fingering a different set of parasites 2. provide psychological comfort for individual parasites.


Racer's picture

Yet another illegal war instigated by the criminals that are in charge of the US dictatorship.

Nice of them to keep at extreme arms, ahem, length of the USSA

downwiththebanks's picture

It's actually perfectly logical.  They'd been training alCIAda in Eastern Libya for a long time, and saw the opportunity.  

mick's picture

This isn't news.  The UK's had special forces in Libya since the beginning.  Did you think the dumb ass hanky head "rebels" could wipe their own asses without someone there to tell them how, despite having no training, no tactical ability, no comms expertise, no way to integrate weapons systems and basically no fucking clue?  G-daffy wouldn't have too much trouble snuffing out a domestic only rebellion.   

falak pema's picture

you rabid, crypto-fascist, warmongering, mean mouthing, goat farting, son of a cynical westerner; who doesn't respect a UN mandated mission letter that is crystal clear. How could you imagine that the law abiding countries of the west could sink to such dire stratagems!...we aren't the evil axis that was annihilated with the kremlin collapse...nor the same as those OBL type terrorista villains...we'! The voice of the free world that loves oil more than drinking water and the US green back more than gold.

serotonindumptruck's picture

"How could you imagine that the law abiding countries of the west could sink to such dire stratagems!"

Especially when those Western countries are losing.

Your sarcasm is refreshing.

topcallingtroll's picture

Uhh...the west isnt losing. They cant afford the embarrassment. The war in libya will be over in a few more months.

serotonindumptruck's picture

"They cant afford the embarrassment."

Too late for that, I suspect.

"The war in libya will be over in a few more months."

What? Are the Chinese and Russians going to intervene? Will there be tactical nukes used? Is Libya to be the flash point for global nuclear Armageddon?

How will this "be over" in a few more months? Please enlighten me.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Admit you miss the CIA. They would have just put bullet in Q and went off to have a beer.

Lots less death and destruction.

The old ways are the best.

Yen Cross's picture

 Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Yencross.

earnyermoney's picture

I believe another vote is needed at the U.N. toward the end of June to continue this operation. Way I see it, West needs a "head shot" before the end of the month. What are the odds Russia and China abstain a 2nd time?

Yen Cross's picture

 Irrellevant. The U.N. is under funded!

natty light's picture

God I hope this here is sarc.

knukles's picture

As pointed out correctly, the French and Brits have had SF boots on the ground literally since inception.  What amazes me however, is as of yet it seems that no responsible (read non-MSM) news outlet has identified the massive proliferation of automatic rifles arming the rebels.  They're FN FAL 7.62mm (NATO) (.308 Winchester also employed in the US's M-14 standard issue at the time) which were employed by a number of NATO members during the 50's and 60's before the switch from the 7.62 to 5.56mm cartridge. 

One of the country's most famously utilizing the weapon were the Brits.  Go figure.  Even more, the Libyans have never, ever armed themselves with FN/NATO arms or ammunition, preferring to remain clients of the (originally) Soviet AK (Kalashnikov) series of weaponry.

Where, then a enterprising curious mind might enquire, did all the FAL's suddenly arrive in the hands of the "rebels" being supported by the Brits who've a boody good supply of such in storage, which BTW were never wholesaled to other western client states..

Further, it appears that oneof the westerners is wearing a khaki beret, which in the British Army is reserved for SAS and non-SAS qualified troopies attached thereto.  T'all fits nicely, what?

Deepskyy's picture

While I agree with about 90% of your post, the FNFAL is a heavily used battle rifle in a wide swath of the world. 

The Fusil Automatique Léger ("Light Automatic Rifle") or FAL is a self-loading, selective fire battle rifle produced by the Belgian armaments manufacturer Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FN). During the Cold War it was adopted by many North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries, with the notable exception of the United States. It is one of the most widely used rifles in history, having been used by over 90 countries.[3]


Nato countries of all types have been using the FAL since its inception so it is quite possible that the rebles could have gotten them anywhere.  Not every revolutionary uses the Kalinshnikov, despite what the movies would have us believe. 

You are probably right however.

sun tzu's picture

NATO weapons are much more expensive and harder to maintain than Soviet weapons. Any third world army or rebel would prefer the AK and an RPG. 

PenGun's picture

 Which AK would you chose? An AK 103 would be my choice, denied a H&K G36 that is. AKs come in many flavors now. The AK 74 in it's various guises is used by many armies these days.

Hansel's picture

This might have already been covered on ZH, but worth a mention again,

UK training Saudi forces used to crush Arab spring - The Guardian

In conclusion, support dictators when you feel like it; topple dictators when you feel like it.  There is no morality here.

CPL's picture

Well, in around three months everyone is going to be a little suprised in that neck fo the woods when Canada can't send them any food either.


I have 140 acres along with everyone in the Valley that can't crop witht eh amount of rain we've had.  Unless they are eating cow corn which our livestock need, both corn and wheat (my understanding it's not in yet either).  The middle east is going to have a challenge, Israel included.  Mother nature isn't agreeing with the situation and it going to collect her pound of flesh.  In a desert that's not that hard.

At this point could give a shit how many nukes they have.  Just like gold or silver.  Eat a nuke.  See where that "security" measure got you.


So I invite all nuke baring countries to EAT THEIR NUCLEAR MISSLES.  Eat it fuckers.  We told you as engineers 20 years ago to knock it off.  So we'll die with nothing but our ideals, you get crow pie.  Eat one heaping fork full you douche bags.  Fire us, we make the dot/com, tank


We run your infrastructure through your shitty children in gen Y, script kiddies and all.  Same people that couldn't figure out a needle and thread.  I should warn anyone with a Mac.  It will be a bad summer for you.  Your superiors enjoy the IPad living and there is no end of the nasty that is scheduled.  Funny thing is since the fuck nuggets have had their toys for around a year, the dumbfucks have dumped more information over the wire than 'Ass'ainge.  Weird thing he was script kiddie without any sort of talent other than self promotion.


I would go further but, why bother...US civil servant paychecks are going to start bouncing in two days as of midnight and another loan from SS will be done on Weds which will not government payroll.

Cathartes Aura's picture

from the reader comments below the article:

Why the surprise? Our military 'heros' will train anyone to do anything, if the money is right.

And they will quite happily shoot the British public too, if ordered.

posted by "wotever" with 405 recommends.

meanwhile, amrka has sent it's finest crusader to assist in crushing any dissent in the UAE:

The United Arab Emirates has confirmed hiring a company headed by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of Blackwater. According to the New York Times, the UAE secretly signed a $529 million contract with Prince’s new company, Reflex Responses, or R2, to put together an 800-member battalion of mercenaries.

Documents show the force is intended to conduct special operations missions inside and outside the country, defend oil pipelines and skyscrapers from attacks, and put down internal revolts. The troops could be deployed if foreign guest workers stage revolts in labor camps, or if the UAE regime were challenged by pro-democracy protests like those sweeping the Arab world. One contract document describes, quote, "crowd-control operations" where the crowd "is not armed with firearms but does pose a risk using improvised weapons (clubs and stones)."

where there's money, and oil, there will be blood.

macholatte's picture

This isn't news.


Correct. It's sensationalism and I'm disappointed that ZH has crawled into that mud. 

downwiththebanks's picture

It has been widely reported, by Pepe Escobar among others, that the tag-team of White Imperialism and alCIAda have been tag-teaming in Libya since this whole episode began.

Bob's picture

Guess they'll say it's no form of occupation force. 

falak pema's picture

These aren't western boots...these are 'Prada' boots and 'Louis Vuitton' boots and so we are there to sell 'these boots are made for walking' type songs to the Misrata crowd... against oil delivery and nation building... It's very strange how people see military, 'private' operators, CIA gunslingers, everywhere where they are just selling honest european commercial options, involving ' patented la mode' boots, life style trend setters; that the young love more than their lives. I think that the UN security council should take due note...

cossack55's picture

At about 00.52 seconds one may just barely make out what appears to be a set of golden arches in the far background. Hmmmm.

bugs_'s picture

hmmmm pink shirt

nmewn's picture

No doubt, he was unarmed ;-)

Blano's picture

Wouldn't matter if he was.

knukles's picture

Or had a white towel over his arm, alterntively utilized for serving food and beverages or surrendering.

breezer1's picture

how the truth is sacrificed in times of war. i wish you could get your story straight. everyone knows we are over there fighting for the dates.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Let us not assume. I'm sure we got a 'Merikan somewhere in there. Maybe it's a nice medley of westerners: a Frenchman, an Aussie, a fithy Canuck. Good to see Libya back in the news, I thought it was over for Libya. Anderson better get on the first train to Tripoli!

Foul Ole Ron's picture

Of course there'll be UK and French special forces on the ground there. Although the UN resolution excludes a "foreign occupation force" the West will simply argue that they can't occupy a country with a few special forces acting as spotters for air strikes and that they're not going to stick around like the US did in Iraq as a result. The resolution doesn't actually specifically prohibit the presence of ground troops - just that they can't occupy the country. China and Russia will accept the use of special forces and won't make any fuss. Naturally they'll kick up a stink if 30,000 troops suddenly drop in as then it becomes an occupying force.