And the turf is familiar: Libya, a country still reeling from the civil war launched during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of state.
From Al Jazeera English:
Air traffic control recordings obtained by the Middle East Eye suggest British, French, Italian and US forces have been coordinating air strikes in support of renegade Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar.
The leaked tapes, which could indicate the countries are helping Haftar fight rebels in the east, appeared to confirm that a joint operations base exists – something which the London-based media organisation has previously reported.
“What’s clear is that Western forces are helping Haftar coordinate air strikes in eastern Libya ,which is where his base of control is. But the targets there aren’t actually Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS),” Karim el Bar, the journalist who reported the story, told Al Jazeera.
“They [the targets] are his [Haftar’s] political enemies – some of whom are Islamists, some of whom have other political affilations … he’s undermining the government in Tripoli.”
Conversations between Libyan pilots and the air traffic controllers at Benina airbase, one of Haftar’s vital military facilities, can be heard in the leaked audio, in both Arabic and English. French, Italian American and British accents are audible.
The clear beneficiaries of this latest deadly gambit will be the fundamentalists, who will draw still more recruits fighting this latest effort by NATO to install a government that will help the Big Oil tighten its grip on the source of the finest light sweet crude on the planet.