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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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Libyan conflict tops agenda as African Union summit opens

June 30, 2011
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Oman Tribune [Oman]    

"The 53-nation African Union opened on Thursday a summit in Equatorial Guinea dominated by finding a way out of the conflict in Libya amid calls for its leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down. African leaders gathered outside the capital Malabo for the two-day meeting at which presidents mediating in the conflict will seek their backing for a roadmap towards a settlement." (06/30/11)

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Libya rebel spokesman: NATO warships fire “on Gaddafi forces”

June 29, 2011
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Reuters    

"NATO warships off the Libyan coast fired on government forces near the strategic town of Zlitan where they are blocking rebels from advancing on the capital, a rebel spokesman said on Wednesday. ... There was no immediate confirmation from NATO that its warships had been in action off the town. Zlitan is about 140 km (90 miles) east of Tripoli and lies between the capital and the rebel-held city of Misrata."

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Libya: Rebels seize Gaddafi arms depot

June 28, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"Nothing but a flimsy barbed wire fence surrounds a massive arsenal of ammunition and weapons stockpiled [at Ghaaa military base] in the desert by Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi. No further fortifications were necessary. Until it was seized and pillaged by rebels Tuesday, local people were too terrified of Kadafi's wrath to come anywhere near it. ... [Rebels seized the base] after a quick battle that killed at least two opposition fighters and sent dozens of government soldiers fleeing." (06/29/11)

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Libya: ICC issues arrest warrant for Gaddafi

June 28, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, accusing him of crimes against humanity. The court had grounds to believe he had ordered attacks on civilians during Libya's four-month uprising, it said. The Hague-based court also issued warrants for two of Col Gaddafi's top aides - his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the conflict." (06/27/11)

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Libya: NATO bombing campaign enters 100th day

June 26, 2011
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Bigpond News [Australia]    

"Three months after French jets flew their first missions over eastern Libya, on Monday NATO was still pounding targets across the country in what has become a war fought on multiple fronts, but with few clear victories for either side. As 'Operation Unified Protector' approaches its 5000 strike sortie, NATO is still hitting about 50 targets a day, mostly in or around Tripoli and Misrata in the west; Brega in the east; and the Nafusa Mountains to the south of the capital." (06/27/11)

 

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Libya: Football stars defect to rebels

June 26, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"A group of 17 leading Libyan football figures have announced their defection to the rebels. They include the nation's goalkeeper, Juma Gtat, three other national team members, and the coach of Tripoli's top club al-Ahly, Adel bin Issa. Mr Gtat and Mr bin Issa announced the group's defection to the BBC during a late night meeting in the rebel-held Nafusa Mountains in western Libya. It comes on the heels of defections by military officers." (06/25/11)

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Libya: UK, France dismiss Italy’s call for pause in NATO bombing

June 24, 2011
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Pakistan Observer [Pakistan]    

"Britain and France have both rejected a call by Italy for a pause in NATO’s bombing of Libya to allow humanitarian aid to reach the civilian population. ... The Italian foreign minister, Franco Frattini, had suggested that Nato’s credibility was at risk after a number of civilian casualties in air raids, but his comments were given short shrift in London and Paris, where both governments instead urged an intensification of pressure on Muammar Gaddafi amid signs that allied air attacks are moving into a new phase in western Libya." (06/24/11)

 

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Italy’s call for Libya ceasefire exposes NATO rift

June 22, 2011
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MSNBC    

"A split opened within the NATO-led air campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Wednesday when France and Britain rejected an Italian call for a halt to military action to allow aid access. China also signaled a shift in its stance on the conflict, describing as a 'dialogue partner' the rebels who, four months into the uprising, are making only slow gains in their effort to reach the capital Tripoli and topple Gadhafi." (06/22/11)

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Libya: Gaddafi calls for UN to investigate NATO attack in Surman

June 22, 2011
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CNN    

"Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi called Thursday for the U.N. Security Council to carry out an independent fact-gathering mission on Monday's NATO attack in the city of Surman, which resulted in civilian casualties. 'The Security Council should hold an urgent meeting to discuss the matter and stop this barbaric attack,' he said in a nationally televised address." (06/22/11)

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Libya: Italy pushes for “humanitarian truce”

June 22, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has called for a suspension of hostilities in Libya to allow humanitarian aid to be brought to the war-torn country. Mr Frattini also said Nato must provide data on results of its bombing campaign and guidelines on targeting errors." (06/22/11)

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When is a war not a war?

June 22, 2011
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Red State
by Jeff Emanuel  

"The decision by a know-it-all president with no real world experience to overrule his top advisers isn’t surprising (though the fact he made a decision at all is noteworthy). However, given the excerpts provided above, it should be clear that this administration’s view of its own position and goals in Libya is schizophrenic to say the least." (06/22/11)

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