NATO strikes kill ten freedom fighters following the liberation of Badr

August 18, 2011

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Tragic news follows the liberation of the town of Badr.

Freedom fighters have made several strategic gains this week, advancing in all fronts across the country including Al-Zawiyah, Gheryan, and Brega.

Today, August 17, 2011, the northwestern town of Badr was liberated in a collective effort by freedom fighters from four brigades including  the Tripoli Brigade, Nalut Brigade, Kabaw Brigade, and the Jadu Brigade.

After this victory, a tragic incident occured when NATO fired four rockets on vehicles carrying freedom fighters along the eastern coastal road from Badr.  This occurred between 3:30 and 4:00 pm local time (GMT +2), when freedom fighters from the Jadu Brigade left Badr in 4 vehicles carrying 14.5 mm heavy weaponry and three to four passengers in each vehicle.

NATO aircrafts struck the vehicles with four rockets killing ten of the freedom fighters and four leaders.

Things don’t add up.

No presence of Gaddafi forces were detected anywhere near the vehicles as freedom fighters of the Jadu Brigade were travelling east on a road already secured by the freedom fighters.
Reasons for NATO’s actions are unclear.  NATO have yet to release details or a statement of apology to the families of the fallen freedom fighters.

The names of the fallen freedom fighters are:

  1. Adel Yousef Bujnaah
  2. Ahmed Sasi Bujnaah
  3. Osama Gudwaar
  4. Khalid Busalgha (Khalid Magurah)
  5. Ashraf Taajir
  6. Hatim Bu Zina

**The names of two freedom fighters have yet to be released and the remaining 2 bodies were rendered unrecognizable.

In addition to the freedom fighters, Khalid Bufalgha,one of the four civil leaders hit in the NATO strikes was also killed.  He was a military leader of 150 freedom fighters and led them in battles in Sabratah, Al-Zawiya,  and Surman.

The destroyed weaponry make up 80% of the arms available to the Jadu Brigade.  This has been a great loss for the families of Jadu and a great set back for the Jadu Brigade.

It was also reported that the green flag was waving on top of a Libyana telephone tower in the town of Badr which may explain NATO’s choice to target the four vehicles leaving the city.  Our source informs us that although the city of Badr had been liberated, the freedom fighters had not yet cleared the city of pro-Gaddafi paraphernalia.  The freedom fighters ask for NATO’s cooperation and allow more time for them to clear towns and cities they capture.

The families of Jadu demand a formal apology from NATO and full details on today’s incident.

For more information please contact:

The Libyan Link- thelibyanlink@gmail.com
ShababLibya-The Libyan Youth Movement- libyanym@gmail.com

 

6 Comments »

  1. it breaks my heart. I thought NATO was coordinating much more with the anti-G forces on the ground. I read early on the day that Tiji and Badr were liberated. Doesn’t NATO read tweets from Libyans on the ground?
    very sad news.

    Comment by TheThinker1958 — August 18, 2011 @ 03:22

  2. We are some of the Americans very upset about the NATO accident to the brave Jadu Brigade. Very sad they will not get to see the Liberation of Tripoli and rebirth of a Free Libya. But we know they are heroes for eternity, to Jadu, to Libya, to all Arabs, and to Freedom Loving people everywhere in the world.

    With our sadness we also keep in mind that NATO has flown many thousands of attacks against Gaddafi forces, each one making his days less and less. It is very sad but mistakes happen. NATO pilots and NATO officers sincerely want to avoid hurting civilians and FF’s. Now that another accident has happened, you can be sure that this pilot and his officers will have to answer to the higher officers how this could happen. It will be treated VERY SERIOUSLY.

    Please try to forgive our forces for making this mistake. We don’t yet have information why the mistake happened, but when we do, you will know it also.

    So Very Sorry For Your Loss,
    Praise Be God. May Give Sweet Victory to the Revolution.

    Comment by Ben Major — August 18, 2011 @ 05:39

  3. Wow, that’s really sad. It looks like they’re intel just isn’t updating quick enough. I’m amazed they don’t give the freedom fighters flashing markers that can be seen from the air (using infrared I think?), as I guess flying at high speeds makes both sided look pretty similar.

    Well, they’ve gone to a better place now.

    Comment by andy_spoo — August 18, 2011 @ 06:09

  4. Probably Tiji and Badr had not been liberated yet when the aircraft took-off from the ground, when it started to fly. Surely the base can comunicate with the pilots when they are flying, but there are many planes. Surely the tragedy could be avoided, but we shall also look at the difficulties. I have already complained about an excess of care from NATO. So, I feel the need to be coherent, despite my sorrow for this very sad accident.

    Comment by canbeiro — August 18, 2011 @ 08:20

  5. This is really tragic because we can assume both sides to be working in good faith.
    The grief about the dead may be accompanied by a clear analysis how to avoid friendly fire in the future.

    In what way are progresses of the FF communicated to NATO?
    Is there a register of all brigades and their leaders?
    Based on its military culture we can assume NATO will not accept mobile calls from various brigade leaders in the field, but rather from few officers. So a clear path must be organized for each brigade leader whom (in Benghazi, Nalut) he has to inform about his movements.

    Comment by Bernd Brincken — August 18, 2011 @ 09:52

  6. A great tragedy for the brigade and the entire town of Jadu. My heartfelt condolences.

    Comment by James Miller — August 18, 2011 @ 10:24

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