Category Archives: Libya

Libya’s prime minister says Moammar Kadafi is dead (L.A. Times)

Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi
REPORTING FROM BEIRUT — Libya’s provisional prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, said Thursday that ousted leader Moammar Kadafi has been killed.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,” Jibril told a news conference in the capital, Tripoli, according to the Associated Press. “Moammar Kadafi has been killed.” Continue reading

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Is diplomacy in Libya delusional?

By Douglas W. KmiecSeptember 1, 2011

How much more death and destruction of Libyans is necessary to protect Libyans?

The rebel forces in Libya — which have yet to be recognized formally and fully by the United States as a new government or as even having control of the nation’s territory — have spurned Moammar Gadhafi‘s Continue reading

Libyan Rebels Say They Are Attacking The Capital

Libyan rebels said they have launched their first attack on Tripoli in coordination with NATO, and Associated Press reporters heard unusually heavy gunfire and explosions in the capital. The fighting erupted just hours after opposition fighters captured the key city of Zawiya nearby. Continue reading

Kadafi aide flees to Britain and quits

Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa may give Western intelligence
agencies a better picture of what is going on behind the scenes.

By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times

March 31, 2011
Reporting from Tripoli, Libya
A high-ranking member of Moammar Kadafi’s entourage has dealt a serious blow to the Tripoli regime by abandoning his post and fleeing to Britain, where he stepped off a military plane Wednesday and announced his resignation. Continue reading

Latest developments in Arab world’s unrest

Here is a look at the latest developments in Mideast political unrest on Wednesday:

Yemen: Britain pulls staff ahead of Friday protest
Britain said on Wednesday it was temporarily withdrawing part of its embassy team from Yemen’s capital Sanaa ahead of protests expected on Friday. “In light of the rapid deterioration in the security situation in Yemen and the high risk of increased tension in Sanaa and likely protests on Friday 25 March which might result in violent clashes, part of the British embassy team in Sanaa is being temporarily withdrawn, leaving a small core staff in place,” Britain’s Foreign Office said. Britain’s Foreign Office said it was calling on British citizens in Yemen to “leave now” as the government would find it very difficult to offer consular assistance in the event of further violence. Yemen’s parliament granted President Ali Abdullah Saleh‘s request for a 30-day state of emergency, which suspends the constitution, bars protests and gives security forces far-reaching powers of arrest. Saleh offered to step down by the end of the year to try to appease mounting demands for his resignation. Continue reading

Top Qaddafi Aide Reaches out to US

Libya's Foreign Minister Musa Kusa speaks during a news conference at a hotel housing the foreign press in Tripoli
Libya’s Foreign Minister Musa Kusa speaks during a news
conference at a hotel housing the foreign press in Tripoli

Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa initiated a telephone call to assistant
Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, a senior State Department official directly
involved with the Libyan crisis. The call took place Sunday night. The contents
were unknown. This is not the first contact a top Qaddafi official has had with the
US Government since the US-European campaign began. Continue reading

Allies Target Qaddafi’s Ground Forces as Libyan Rebels Regroup

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and ELISABETH BUMILLER

TRIPOLI, Libya — American and European militaries intensified their barrage of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi‘s forces by air and sea on Sunday, as the mission moved beyond taking away his ability to use Libyan airspace, to obliterating his hold on the ground as well, allied officials said. On Monday, European nations went out of their way to rebut Libyan claims that civilians had been killed.In London, the Defense Ministry said British Tornado aircraft that had flown 1,500 miles from a base in eastern England aborted their mission at the last minute after “further information came to light that identified a number of civilians within the intended target area. As a result, the decision was taken not to launch weapons. This decision underlines the U.K.’s commitment to the protection of civilians.” Continue reading

Opposition Member: Liberated Libya Will Remember its Friends

Voice of America

Ali Tarhouni, member of the Economic and Oil Committee in liberated Libya says pro-democracy Libyans want a no-fly zone

James Butty March 16, 2011

Libyan rebel fighter

Photo: AP

Libyan rebel fighter

A Libyan opposition member says those opposed by Moammar Gadhafi will be disappointed with the United States and the rest of the international community if they fail to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.

Ali Tarhouni, member of the Economic and Oil Committee of the Provincial Council running the liberated areas of Libya, says the days of the Libyan leader are numbered and the people will remember those who supported them in their time of need.

“I think it is actually a shame that the Western world, particularly the United States, that advocates for democracy [and] human rights, and now we see more of a cowardly position. The Libyan people are not asking for much. All they are asking for is for no-fly zone,” he said. Continue reading

Invest in Libya? Too risky

BY RICK MARTINEZ – Correspondent
Tags: news | opinion – editorial

The Obama administration should say no to a no-fly zone over Libya. Our military men and women have enough wars to fight at the moment.

Make no mistake, participating in a no-fly zone, either unilaterally or under the auspices of the United Nations, is an act of war. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted earlier this month, step one in establishing a no-fly zone is to destroy Libya’s air defenses, hardly a diplomatic move. Continue reading

Saudi Arabia, UAE Call Gadhafi’s Regime “Illegitimate”

Forbes.com

Crisis In Libya
Agustino Fontevecchia, 03.11.11, 11:08 AM ET

Gulf nations including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have withdrawn any sort of support for Muammar al-Gadhafi calling his regime “illegitimate” and condoning its use of organized violence against a civilian population. The move comes as many Western nations have stepped up their rhetoric, with France officially recognizing the rebel governing-council and advanced talks of a no-fly zone in the UN Security Council and NATO. Reports that Saudi police dispersed protestors by shooting into crowds sent oil stocks on a steep jump ahead of what could be massive protests in the context of a “day of rage” in Saudi Arabia, which, for now, hasn’t been reported have seen escalating violence. Continue reading