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Libya: Rebels try to isolate Tripoli, Gaddafi

August 15, 2011
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ABC News    

"Libya's rebels threatened to isolate Tripoli by blocking key supply routes and cutting oil pipelines on Monday after a dramatic weekend advance put them in the strongest position since the 6-month-old civil war began to attack Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold. In Washington, the Obama administration said the U.S. was encouraged by the rebel advances and hoped they had broken a monthslong stalemate with Gadhafi's forces." (08/15/11)

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Libya: Rebels battle for key city near Tripoli

August 14, 2011
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Sacramento Bee    

"Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's supply lines were in danger Sunday as opposition forces in the western mountains battled closer to his capital, which has become isolated by rebel advances backed by NATO war planes and a naval blockade. Rebels pushed farther into Zawiya, a battered and strategic city about 30 miles west of Tripoli. Capturing it would open the door to the capital and allow rebels to cut off supplies to Gadhafi's forces." (08/14/11)

 

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Libya: Rebels claim victory in key oil terminal

August 11, 2011
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Sacramento Bee    

"Libyan rebels battling Moammar Gadhafi's troops along the country's Mediterranean coast said they captured a key oil terminal Thursday that has repeatedly changed hands in the 6-month-old civil war. Rebel spokesman Mohammed al-Rijali said he was with the fighters in Brega when they gained control of the strategic port city, 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of the de-facto rebel capital of Benghazi, after three weeks of intense fighting." (08/11/11)

 

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US, EU up pressure on Libya as new fighting hits Brega

August 10, 2011
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Agence France-Presse    

"The United States and European Union turned up the heat on Libya, as fresh fighting erupted Wednesday along rebel lines at the oil town of Brega and state television showed footage of a son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, days after rebels reported him dead.
US diplomats are visiting several African countries to urge leaders to press Kadhafi to leave power immediately, officials in Washington said, while the EU slapped new economic sanctions on Kadhafi's regime.

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Libya: NATO denies civilians killed in strike

August 9, 2011
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Irish Times [Ireland]    

"Libyan officials said yesterday dozens of civilians had been killed in a Nato strike on a cluster of farmhouses east of Tripoli, but the alliance said it hit a legitimate military target. ... A spokesman for Gadafy’s government, who took foreign reporters to the scene of the strike, said 85 people had been killed when missiles struck farm compounds in the village of Majar, about 150km east of Tripoli. ... a Nato military spokesman said the target of the strikes was a military staging area that was being used to support government attacks on civilians." (08/10/11)

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Libya: Rebels dissolve executive committee

August 8, 2011
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Boston Globe    

"Libya's rebels sacked their executive committee on Monday, officials said, in a move aimed at easing tensions over the recent killing of the opposition's military chief. The rebels' National Transitional Council dissolved the committee, which serves as a sort of government cabinet, after determining that 'administrative mistakes' were made surrounding last month's slaying of Abdel-Fattah Younis, said national council member Fathi Turbel." (08/08/11)

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Libya: Gaddafi regime claims gains, rebels low on ammo

August 7, 2011
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The Age [Australia]    

"Libyan rebels in the western town of Zliten are said to be low on ammunition but their peers are in control of the key southwest town of Bir Ghanam which the regime claimed to have retaken. Abdul Wahab Melitan, a rebel spokesman in the port city of Misrata near Zliten, said forces loyal to strongman Muammar Gaddafi had launched an assault on rebel positions in Zliten's Souk Telat area early on Monday, killing three and wounding 15. ... In Tripoli, Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi told reporters that government troops had recaptured the strategic town of Bir Ghanam, southwest of the capital, from insurgents." (08/08/11)

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Libya: NATO planes bomb Tripoli, rebels sabotage pipeline

August 4, 2011
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Radio Netherlands [Dutch state media]    

"NATO warplanes bombed the Libyan capital early Friday, state television said, as Moamer Kadhafi's regime accused rebels of sabotaging a key pipeline feeding the country's sole functioning refinery. About 10 loud explosions rocked the city around 1:30 am (1130 GMT), an AFP journalist said." (08/05/11)

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Libya: Rebels say counter-attack at Zlitan repelled

August 3, 2011
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Reuters    

"Libyan rebels said on Wednesday they had fought off an attack on positions around Zlitan, contradicting government claims of victory in a town insurgents hope will pave the way for an advance on the capital. Tuesday's assault by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi led to fierce street battles that killed at least eight rebels, exposing the fragility of gains by rebels who are fighting on several fronts but are frequently out-gunned and out-maneuvered." (08/03/11)

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Libya: Gaddafi son rules out ceasefire as bloody clashes continue in west

August 2, 2011
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"Fighting continued apace in western Libya today, with reports that Gadhafi forces launched a counter-offensive around the disputed city of Zlitan, killing seven rebel troops and wounding 65 others. The city was recently sieged by rebels, albeit unsuccessfully. The latest counter-offensive sparked defiant comments from Moammar Gadhafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, who claimed that he was no longer interested in a ceasefire, and that 'the fighting will continue until all of Libya is liberated.'" (08/03/11)

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Libya: Rebels, Gaddafi loyalists clash near Benghazi

July 31, 2011
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Reuters    

"Rebel forces fought gunmen loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in eastern Libya on Sunday in the latest incident to undermine the insurgents' grip in territory they hold. ... Rebel spokesman Mahmoud Shammam said clashes had broken out when rebel forces attacked a militia that had helped some 300 Gaddafi loyalists break out of jail near Benghazi on Friday. At least six rebels were killed in the fighting with the militia, whose members appeared to be experienced and armed with machineguns, rocket-propelled grenades and explosives." (07/31/11)

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Libya: Rebel chief gunned down in Benghazi

July 28, 2011
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CNN    

"The commander of Libya's rebel army was assassinated in Benghazi along with two senior officers on Thursday, rebel leaders announced just hours after claiming big successes on the battlefield. The death of Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis came after the rebels' Transitional National Council sought Younis for questioning about military matters and alleged ongoing ties to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, according to what Younis' supporters told journalist James Hider of the Times of London." (07/28/11)

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Libya: Rebels plan assault on key western town

July 27, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Libyan rebels fighting in the western mountains said on Wednesday they planned to launch a major offensive on the strategic town of Ghezaia near the Tunisian border in the next day or two. A Reuters correspondent saw at least 20 heavily armed trucks moving in the direction of Nalut, close to the border. Another group of around 30 pickup trucks camouflaged with mud, congregated further east, and were preparing to join the assault." (07/27/11)

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Gaddafi regime: No talks until airstrikes stop

July 27, 2011
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CNN    

"Libya's prime minister said Tuesday that NATO airstrikes must stop before any negotiations to resolve the five-month-old conflict can begin. His statement came as the United Nations reported that a visit to the country by the secretary-general's special envoy to Libya found the government and the rebels 'far apart on reaching agreement on a political solution.'" (07/27/11)

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Libya: Troops kill eight near eastern oil town

July 19, 2011
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Government forces in trucks disguised with rebel flags shelled opposition positions Tuesday near the strategic eastern oil town of Brega, killing eight rebel fighters and wounding dozens more, officials said. In an audio message directed at a rally of thousands in the town of al-Aziziya, south of Tripoli, embattled ruler Moammar Gadhafi emphasized the importance of Libya's vast oil wealth to his regime, and called the civil war a battle 'for our way of life.'" (07/19/11)

 

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Obama regime: Libya talks were just an opportunity for empty threats

July 18, 2011
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CNN    

"Libyan and U.S. officials say the two governments held face-to-face talks in Tunisia over the weekend, but Washington says the sole point of the meeting was to repeat its demand that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi 'must go.' The disclosure came nearly four months into the bombardment of Libya by NATO allies, including the United States. Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim called Saturday's talks 'a first step,' adding, 'we welcome further steps.'" (07/18/11)

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Libya: Rebels report street fighting in Brega

July 17, 2011
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Bigpond News [Australia]    

"The battle for Brega switched from the desert to intense street fighting in the oil town's northeast on Sunday, as veteran Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed never to quit and fresh blasts rocked Tripoli. Rebel forces re-entered Brega -- putting them within sight of a major strategic victory -- but said they had not yet managed to wrest control of the town from Gaddafi's troops, who have held it since April. ... Three rebel fighters were killed and 96 wounded on Sunday according to medical staff." (07/18/11)

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Libya: Gaddafi troops retake village south of Tripoli

July 13, 2011
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Pakistan Observer [Pakistan]    

"Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday retook a village south of the capital seized by rebels a week ago, delivering a set-back to rebel plans for a march on Tripoli. The loss of the village of Al-Qawalish, about 100 km (60 miles) from the capital, underlined the faltering pattern of the rebel advances that has led some of the rebels’ Western backers to push for a political solution to the conflict instead." (07/13/11)

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French reauthorize Libya bombing

July 12, 2011
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"French lawmakers voted 482-27 to reauthorize the bombing mission in Libya. The vote was required by the constitution and came after a three-hour debate in the lower house of parliament." (07/12/11)

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Obama: US supports Russia’s mediation in Libya, if result is what he wants

July 11, 2011
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Las Vegas Sun    

"The White House says President Barack Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that the U.S. is prepared to support Russian-led negotiations in Libya. However, Obama told the Russian president the U.S. would only back the negotiations if they lead to a democratic transition and longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi steps aside." (07/11/11)

 

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Libya: Gaddafi forces counter-attack as rebels cut oil

July 10, 2011
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Straits Times [Singapore]    

"Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched a counter-attack on Sunday against rebel advance positions southwest of Tripoli, an AFP correspondent said, as rebels cut off an oil pipeline used to supply the Libyan strongman's forces. Loyalist troops fired half a dozen Grad rockets into the hamlet of Gualish 50km from the capital, and the rebels replied with anti-tank fire as they sought to hold a key gateway to Tripoli they seized on Wednesday. Just hours before the government attack, Nato warplanes bombed positions in the area, the correspondent said." (07/11/11)

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US House rejects effort to prohibit funds for Libya war

July 7, 2011
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Rochester Post-Bulletin    

"The House voted Thursday to bar military aid to Libyan rebels battling Moammar Gadhafi but stopped short of prohibiting funds for U.S. involvement in a NATO-led mission now in its fourth month. Sending a muddled message in the constitutional challenge to President Barack Obama, House Republicans and Democrats signaled their frustration with American participation in a stalemated civil war but also showed their unwillingness to end the operation." (07/07/11)

 

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Libya: Regime forces shell Misrata, killing 11

July 5, 2011
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Bangkok Post [Thailand]    

"Shelling by forces loyal to Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi killed 11 people and wounded dozens more -- the majority civilians -- around the besieged rebel enclave of Misrata, insurgents said. ... While rebel forces and NATO bombing have cleared Kadhafi troops from Misrata, the allies have failed to push loyalist forces beyond striking distance of the city. As projectiles rained down from the air, on the ground skirmishes continued. Sources said five rebels were killed in fighting at the western entrance to the city earlier in the day." (07/06/11)

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US Senate postpones vote on retroactive legalization of Libya war

July 5, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Senate Democratic leaders abandoned plans for a test vote Tuesday on authorizing the U.S. military operation against Libya as Republicans insisted they should instead focus on government spending and the nation's borrowing limit. Just hours before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced the change in plans, leaving the fate of the resolution in doubt." (07/05/11)

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Libya: Rebels reject African Union plan

July 4, 2011
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Libyan rebels have flatly rejected an African Union peace plan for their country because they said it would leave Muammar Gaddafi in power. Dismissing the plan as not meeting even their basic demands, rebel spokesman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga said on Sunday bluntly: 'We have rejected it.'" (07/04/11)

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