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  • Gaddafi’s Chemical Weapons Factory Found

    10/10/2011 7:53:06 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Asharq Alawasat ^ | 10/10/2011 | Abdul Sattar Hatita
    The al-Sadd battalion was guarding the chemical weapons factory and warehouse. However, the battalion has since withdrawn to Misratah, leaving a stockpile of deadly weapons vulnerable to theft. The current number of guards at the chemical weapons site, which contains 9 tons of mustard gas and dozens of barrels contaminated with chemicals, is just two men armed with Kalashnikov rifles. Hamzah al-Shaibani, spokesman for the “17 February revolution committee” said in a telephone interview with Asharq al-Awsat yesterday that: "We appeal to the United Nations and the Transitional National Council to protect and secure the area, because it represents a...
  • Gaddafi's Spokesman 'Captured In Sirte'

    09/29/2011 12:27:08 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 12 replies
    Sky News ^ | September 29th 2011 | Staff
    Muammar Gaddafi's spokesman Moussa Ibrahim has been captured outside the ex-dictator's home town of Sirte, according to anti-Gaddafi forces. Ibrahim had been driving outside Sirte when he was arrested by fighters from Misrata, according to Mustafa bin Dardef a field commander of the National Transitional Council (NTC). There were also reports that the fugitive was dressed as a woman but this could not be confirmed. The public voice of the regime, Ibrahim fled Tripoli with the ousted Libyan leader when anti-Gaddafi forces overran the capital on August 23. However he continued to issue statements through the Syrian-based Arrai television.
  • Iran 'steals surface-to-air missiles from Libya'

    09/28/2011 4:30:34 PM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/28/2011 | Con Coughlin
    Iran's Revolutionary Guards have stolen dozens of sophisticated Russian-made surface-to-air missiles from Libya and smuggled them across the border to neighbouring Sudan, according to Western intelligence reports. The weapons were seized by units attached to the Guards' elite Quds Force, which travelled to Libya from their base in southern Sudan. Acting on orders received from Revolutionary Guards commanders in Iran, they took advantage of the chaos that engulfed Libya following the collapse of the regime of former dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to seize "significant quantities" of advanced weaponry, according to military intelligence officers in Libya. They say the weapons stolen...
  • Libya fighters push into Gaddafi bastion

    09/24/2011 9:37:04 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 9 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Sepember 24th 2011 | Staff
    Fighters aligned with Libya's National Transitional Council have launched a fierce two-pronged assault on Sirte with the support of heavy artillery, tanks and NATO warplanes. Al Jazeera correspondents said NTC fighters on Saturday had pushed into the center of the city, overrunning positions that forces loyal to deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi had held for months. Gaddafi's forces battled the attackers with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades and snipers as explosions rocked Sirte and its outlying areas and plumes of smoke rose into the sky Ambulances have been carrying casualties from the fighting, with one medic estimating that one NTC fighter had...
  • EXCLUSIVE: McCain praised Libyan rebels at site of their gruesome public beheading

    09/15/2011 8:43:56 PM PDT · by martosko · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/15/2011 | John Rosenthal
    Evidence collected by a young London-based organization called Human Rights Investigations indicates that when Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain went to Benghazi in April to express his support for Libyan rebels, he visited the site at which the rebels publicly beheaded an alleged pro-Gaddafi “mercenary” only weeks before. [ ... ] Arizona senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, made a surprise visit to Benghazi in order to publicly call for stepped-up American support of the rebellion. McCain spoke glowingly of the rebels and their cause, even saying of the Libyan rebels: “They are my heroes.” Now a new...
  • Shoulder fired heat seeking missiles missing from multiple Libyan stockpiles

    09/08/2011 12:53:06 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-08-11 | Mataharley
    It can't come as a big surprise to find that multiple Libyan munitions stockpiles have been looted, and shoulder fired heat seeking missiles, such as the SA-7b Grail, are unaccounted for. While one concern would be that bad-guy-in-hiding, Gaddafi, may have absconded a few for personal revenge, analysists tend to think the weaponry is not in the hands of Gaddafi or his loyalists. Western governments and nongovernment organizations have repeatedly asked and prodded the rebel government, the Transitional National Council, to take steps to secure the vast stockpiles of arms that it has inherited, apparently to little avail. “Claims...
  • Gaddafi surrounded: Libya's new leaders

    09/07/2011 3:30:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Gaddafi surrounded: Libya's new leaders 07 September 2011 | 08:11:57 PM | Source: AFP A spokesman for Tripoli's new military council says the former rebels know where ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddaffi is hiding, and it is only a matter of time until he is captured or killed. Anis Sharif says Gaddafi is still in Libya, and has been tracked using human intelligence and technology. Sharif refuses to say where he is, but says he is trapped in a 60-kilometre radius area surrounded by rebels, can't get out, and the former rebels are preparing to detain him or kill him....
  • Evidence Mounts that Gaddafi Lied About Losing Daughter in Reagan's '86 Air Attack

    09/02/2011 4:46:46 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 2, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Libyan rebels reveal that Brotherly Leader not only  faked the death, but hid her from the West for 25 years purely for propaganda value (!) When President Ronald Reagan bombed Tripoli over Libyan involvement (via the DDR) in the April 5th 1986 terrorist attack on West Berlin's LaBelle discotheque (one frequented by US soldiers), Col. Gaddafi claimed to have lost an infant daughter -Hana Gaddafi- as even his own personal Bedouin tent at the Bab al-Azizia compound was lit-up in the swift retribution. Taking into account the man's Machiavellian tendencies, cynics noted at the time the Libyan dictator was not above adopting such a girl posthumously- primarily...
  • Col Gaddafi 'ready for long war'

    09/01/2011 7:53:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/1/11 | BBC News
    Libya's fugitive ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has said he is ready to fight a long guerrilla war, in an audio message carried by a loyalist TV channel. It was the second message in one day purporting to be from Col Gaddafi, whose whereabouts remain unknown. Anti-Gaddafi forces encircling the city of Sirte have given loyalists an extra week to negotiate their surrender. Meanwhile, Western leaders have urged the interim authorities to engage in reconciliation with their enemies. Delegates from 63 countries met to discuss Libya in Paris, on the 42nd anniversary of Col Gaddafi's emergence as the leader of the...
  • Gaddafi forces cut off most of Tripoli's water: report

    08/30/2011 4:59:21 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:32am EDT | Tom Miles
    (Reuters) - Pro-Gaddafi forces in Sirte have cut two-thirds of the water supply to Tripoli, according to a report by the European Union's humanitarian office (ECHO) obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. Water is in short supply in the Libyan capital, forcing aid agencies to bring tankers by land and sea to keep the Libyan capital functioning. Most of the city's water is supplied by the massive "Great man-made river," a huge civil engineering project built under Muammar Gaddafi that pumps out water from under the Sahara desert. "The valve allowing the transfer of 200,000 cubic meters (a day) from the...
  • Gaddafi privately showed creepy photo album to Condeleezza Rice in 2008

    08/29/2011 7:16:04 PM PDT · by martosko · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/29/2011 | Alexis Levinson
    After rebels ransacked the compound of Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli last week, they discovered an uncanny photo album filled with pictures of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The album was shown to Rice — who Gaddafi fondly referred to as his “darling black African woman” — during a 2008 diplomatic visit to Libya. Former State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told The Daily Caller that the former Libyan dictator whipped out the album during a private meeting with Rice. Rice didn’t talk about the episode to her staff until she had boarded her flight out of Libya.
  • Gaddafi wife and three children in Algeria: report (Another reported dead ... again)

    08/29/2011 11:10:28 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 29, 2011
    No excerpt since it is only two sentences. Paraphrase: Wife, daughter Aisha, Hannibal and Mohammed in Algeria confirmed by Algerian government. Related: An official says Col Gaddafi's wife and three of his children are in Algeria, AFP reports. by gary.mitchell2 8/29/2011 4:51:50 PM 12:51 PM Sky News Live updates.Also:SkyNewsBreak Sky News Newsdesk Sky Sources: Rebel commanders claim Khamis Gaddafi has been killed 42 minutes ago
  • African migrants and black Libyans put in danger by 'mercenary' propaganda

    08/28/2011 10:10:34 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 10 replies
    Belefast Telegraph ^ | August 29 | Patrick Cockburn
    The rotting bodies of 30 men, almost all black and many handcuffed, slaughtered as they lay on stretchers and even in an ambulance in central Tripoli, are an ominous foretaste of what might be Libya's future. The incoming regime makes pious statements about taking no revenge on pro-Gaddafi forces, but this stops short of protecting those who can be labelled mercenaries. Any Libyan with a black skin accused of fighting for the old regime may have a poor chance of survival. The atmosphere in the Libyan capital is frighteningly uncertain a week after the sudden collapse of Gaddafi's forces. Nobody...
  • Mutassim Gaddafi's girlfriend tells of the final days of Libyan regime

    08/28/2011 3:42:40 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 13 replies
    Telegraph ^ | August 28th 2011 | Nick Meo
    Mutassim Gaddafi's former girlfriend, Dutch glamour model Talitha van Zon, talks to Nick Meo about the dying days of the Gaddafi regime. Filipino servants wearing spotless white jackets mixed his favourite Jack Daniels whisky and coke, and then Mutassim Gaddafi raised his glass and toasted the victory that he was sure was close. Relaxing in one of his Tripoli homes just over a week ago, during a break from commanding at the front, the fifth son of Libya's ruler was in a defiant mood. Soon, he boasted to the blonde foreigner sitting with him, he would lead his father's regime...
  • Islamic militants among prisoners freed from Libyan jail

    Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Hundreds of Islamist militants were among the prisoners freed from a notorious Tripoli prison this week, according to a former Libyan jihadist. The freed militants had been imprisoned in Tripoli's Abu Salim prison by Moammar Gadhafi's regime during the height of the insurgency in Iraq, according to Noman Benotman, once a senior figure in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Benotman said he believes as many as 600 militants may have been among the prison population at Abu Salim. It's not known how many prisoners were held in the vast facility. Human Rights Watch said Gadhafi's prisons...
  • Leaked cable: John McCain pushed to arm Qadhafi

    08/27/2011 1:49:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-08-26 | Tim Mak
    A leaked U.S. diplomatic cable shows that Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain promised to help Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi obtain U.S. military hardware in 2009. The cable, released by the open information group WikiLeaks, reveals the pledge came at meeting that was attended by other prominent members of Congress, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).In the meeting, Muatassim Qadhafi, the Libyan leader’s fifth son and national security adviser, requested U.S. assistance in obtaining military supplies, both lethal and non-lethal. The cable indicates that McCain was the dominant voice among the congressional delegation in a...
  • Gaddafi 'seen in Zimbabwe on Mugabe's private jet' as Libya rebels march on dictator's home town

    08/27/2011 7:33:34 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2:30 PM on 27th August 2011 | DAMIEN GAYLE
    Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has fled Libya to Zimbabwe on a jet provided by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, it was claimed today, as rebels began the march on his home town. President Mugabe's political opponents claim their spies saw Gaddafi arrive in the country on a Zimbabwe Air Force jet in the early hours of Wednesday morning. They say the Libyan dictator was taken to a mansion in Harare's Gunninghill suburb, where agents from his all-female bodyguard were apparently seen patrolling the grounds. 'There's no doubt that Gaddafi is here as a 'unique guest' of Mugabe,' a spokesman for Zimbabwe's opposition...
  • Gaddafi may have escaped Libya into Algeria early Saturday

    08/26/2011 9:22:27 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies
    Al Jazeera Blog ^ | Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 02:50 GMT+3
    A convoy of six Mercedes cars have crossed from Libya into Algeria, Egypt's state MENA news agency reported on Saturday, quoting a rebel source. It was impossible to verify the report and it was not immediately clear who might have been in any convoy, but MENA quoted the source as speculating that senior Libyan officials or Muammar Gaddafi himself and his sons may have fled the country. "It is believed that these vehicles were carrying senior Libyan officials, and possibly Gaddafi and his sons," MENA quoted the source as saying. Algerian officials were not immediately reachable for comment.
  • Gadhafi daughter Hana's death in '86 all a hoax?

    08/26/2011 1:23:18 PM PDT · by GeronL · 69 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-26-2011 | Elizabeth Flock
    Well, duh. It was another case of the MSM taking the word of a dictator and becoming propaganda outlets for the enemy. Happens time and time again.
  • Libya Live: Dozens Found Dead at Abandoned Hospital [Gaddafi's "Creepy" Crush on "Leezza" Rice]

    08/26/2011 1:14:49 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 2 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 6:30PM BST 26 Aug 2011 | Matthew Holehouse, Jonny Cooper
    Live coverage of the hunt for Gaddafi as Libyan rebels set up government in Tripoli Latest 20.57 Sources from the French Presidents Office say Gaddafi has been located in his hometown of Sirte, according to a report in Le Parisien. The same report also says Nicolas Sarkozy - and possibly David Cameron - will visit Libya once Gaddafi has been caught. 20.21 Victorious rebels have been enjoying the luxuries of Aisha Gaddafi's apartment [ video]
  • Looters In Tripoli Uncover Muammar Qaddafi's Creepy Crush On Condoleezza Rice

    08/25/2011 10:15:45 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 25, 2011, 12:54 PM | Jen Ortiz
    ... And a photo album filled with images of Condoleezza Rice. Huh? Apparently, the infamous Libyan leader's fondness for Rice was well-known -- according to the Washington Post, he told Al-Jazeera in 2007: "I support my darling black African woman. I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders ... Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. ... I love her very much. I admire her and I'm proud of her because she's a black woman of African origin." Well, isn't that nice.
  • Libyan rebels say Muammar Gaddafi surrounded

    08/25/2011 7:10:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    http://www.reuters.com ^ | 08-25-2011 | (Reporting by Peter Graff; Writing by Christian Lowe and Giles Elgood; Editing by Andrew Roche
    A group of rebels besieging a cluster of apartment buildings near the compound of Muammar Gaddafi said they believed the man who led Libya for four decades was hiding in the buildings with some of his sons. Rebels were exchanging fire with Gaddafi loyalists inside the buildings. They did not say why they believed Gaddafi and his sons were inside. "They are together. They are in a small hole," said one of the fighters involved in the battle, Muhammad Gomaa. "Today we finish. Today we will end that."
  • Libya: SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi

    08/24/2011 6:22:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 37 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9:19PM BST 24 Aug 2011 | Thomas Harding, Gordon Rayner and Damien McElroy in Tripoli
    British special forces are on the ground in Libya helping to spearhead the hunt for Col Muammar Gaddafi, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. As a £1 million bounty was placed on Gaddafi’s head, soldiers from 22 SAS Regiment began guiding rebel soldiers after being ordered in by David Cameron. For the first time, defence sources have confirmed that the SAS has been in Libya for several weeks, and played a key role in co-ordinating the fall of Tripoli. With the majority of the capital now in rebel hands, the SAS soldiers, who have been dressed in Arab civilian clothing and...
  • Burkina Faso offers Gaddafi exile

    08/24/2011 11:33:02 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:50pm GMT
    OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso, a former recipient of large amounts of Libyan aid, has offered Muammar Gaddafi exile but has also recognised the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) as Libya's government. Chad, another major aid recipient, also recognised the rebel council. The African nations join a list of more than 40 countries who have recognised the rebels who have taken control of most of Libya and are now hunting the veteran leader. Burkinabe Foreign Minister Yipene Djibril Bassolet said that Gaddafi could go into exile in his country even though it is a signatory of the International Criminal Court,...
  • Maddow Scolds McCain for Meeting Kaddafi in 2009, Ignores Obama Meeting Him Month Prior

    08/24/2011 7:55:46 AM PDT · by SeanG200 · 16 replies
    MRCTV ^ | 8-24-2011 | MRCTV
    Here is a photo of Obama meeting with Gaddafi: http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h208/papa_giorgio/Politics/G-O.jpg
  • Foreign journalists held hostage in Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel (Rebels still not in control)

    08/24/2011 4:36:15 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Reporters without Borders ^ | Wednesday 24 August 2011
    Thirty-five foreign journalists have been unable to leave Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel since the evening of 21 August. Already in Tripoli before the battle for the city began 48 hours ago, they had been forced to stay in this hotel by the Gaddafi government. Foreign diplomats are also trapped there. The hotel is surrounded by Gaddafi loyalists who are preventing the journalists from leaving. They are held hostage on the hotel’s first floor, the prisoners of a dying regime that refuses to lay down its arms. There are frequent cuts in the power and water supply. Their situation is very worrying....
  • LIBYAN LEADER AL-QADHAFI'S CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT-ELECT

    08/23/2011 7:11:22 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | 2008-11-10 16:16 | Muammar al-Qadhafi
    Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin 08TRIPOLI874 2008-11-10 16:16 2011-08-23 00:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tripoli VZCZCXRO7687 OO RUEHTRO DE RUEHTRO #0874 3151616 ZNR UUUUU ZZH O R 101616Z NOV 08 FM AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4093 INFO RUEHTRO/AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI 4615 UNCLAS TRIPOLI 000874 SENSITIVE SIPDIS DEPT FOR S/ES-CR, S/ES-O, AND NEA/MAG E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: OPDC PREL OVIP LY SUBJECT: LIBYAN LEADER AL-QADHAFI'S CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT-ELECT REF: STATE 118192 ¶1. (U) Post received on November 9 via telefax a letter from Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi conveying his congratulations to the President-elect. We have not...
  • Qaddafi's Downfall, Obama's Victory

    08/23/2011 2:37:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | AUG 22 2011
    For Barack Obama, "leading from behind" has never looked so ... decisive. With Libyan rebels celebrating in downtown Tripoli, and Muammar el-Qaddafi apparently in hiding, the president's supporters are claiming vindication for a much-criticized approach to regime change in the Arab world. Obama's strategy amounted to staying resolutely behind the scenes throughout the five-month NATO air operation. To wit: Don't say the United States is openly engaged in ousting Qaddafi. Don't even concede the United States is going to war. Take cover behind a political imprimatur for action from the Arab League and United Nations, and let Europe lead the...
  • McCain: Qaddafi's WMDs must be secured

    08/23/2011 5:59:18 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2011-08-23 | David Morgan
    Sen. John McCain said that as Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi faces an "inevitable" end, the U.S. should concern itself with helping contain weapons from Qaddafi's arsenal. "We've got to secure these weapons depots," the Arizona Republican said on CBS' "The Early Show" Tuesday. "that have huge, huge numbers of weapons, and apparently mustard gas and other weapons of mass destruction."
  • Libya: vast tunnel network could make Col Gaddafi harder to find

    08/23/2011 4:45:19 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9:22PM BST 22 Aug 2011 | Martin Evans
    ... But beyond his warren of personal passages beneath Tripoli is a vast complex of tunnels stretching out under the desert and connecting many of the key towns and cities. In 1984, concerned about the threat to his regime from an increasingly hostile West, Gaddafi ordered the construction of thousands of miles of what were described as 'irrigation tunnels'. The project, which cost a staggering £15 billion was titled the Great Man Made River and promised to bring water from the Saharan aquifer in the south of the country to the major cities of Tripoli and Benghazi. But built from...
  • West must "clear up its mess" in Libya, says China

    08/22/2011 10:17:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | August 23, 2011
    BEIJING: China's state media said Tuesday the West has a responsibility to "clear up its mess" in Libya after rebels overran the capital Tripoli and declared the Gaddafi era over. The Global Times said the future of the North African country lay in the hands of the Western countries that have backed a NATO campaign against veteran strongman Muammar Gaddafi. "Overthrowing Gaddafi is entertainment for the media, but talk of rebuilding is not," the conservative English-language daily said in an editorial. "The West has to take responsibility for clearing up its mess in Libya." The newspaper did not specifically mention...
  • Gaddafi's "Captured" Son Resurfaces Smiling, Free, and Defiant in Tripoli

    08/23/2011 12:02:44 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | Aug 23, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    The ICC was negotiating the evasive heir-apparent's transfer to The Haag already- what does this say about the enigmatic rebels we've all but installed in Tripoli? When asked, the only thing the main rebel spokesman had to say -in his best imitation of Baghdad Bob- was "This could be all lies!"... even as the elusive younger Gaddafi spoke on live television. But it is possible he actually was captured (the ICC had confirmed it) yet escaped rebel custody: in fact, the opposition forces appear astonishingly incompetent, as his oldest brother Mohammed Gaddafi -who was not an element of the regime- already bolted...
  • U.S. has nearly doubled air attacks on Libya in past 12 days

    08/22/2011 5:56:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | August 22, 2011
    The Pentagon says attacks by armed Predator unmanned planes have risen to 1.4 a day. Washington (CNN) -- As the rebels in Libya push closer to ending the regime of embattled Col. Moammar Gadhafi, U.S. warplanes have been increasing their attacks on government positions as part of the NATO campaign. New numbers released by the Pentagon on Monday show that the number of U.S. air attacks on Libyan air defenses, ground forces and other targets has nearly doubled over the past 12 days, compared with air attacks in the first 132 days of the NATO mission. There was an average...
  • Libyan Draft Constitution: Sharia is ‘Principal Source of Legislation’

    08/22/2011 12:02:53 PM PDT · by icanhasbailout · 21 replies
    The Foundry ^ | 8/22/2011 | Lachlan Markay
    The dust has not yet settled over the Libyan capital of Tripoli since rebels took control over the weekend. But already, a draft constitutional charter for the transitional state has appeared online (embedded below). It is just a draft, mind you, and gauging its authenticity at this point is difficult. There is also no way to know whether this draft or something similar will emerge as the final governing document for a new Libyan regime. As both the Morning Bell and Washington in a Flash noted today, Heritage Fellow Jim Phillips recently pointed out that Islamist forces “appear to make...
  • Gaddafi Fashion: The Emperor Has Some Crazy Clothes

    08/22/2011 4:37:08 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Time ^ | August 22, 2011 | Nicholas Hegel McClelland
    Muammar Gaddafi has cultivated a collection of bizarre ensembles. After four decades as a ruthless autocrat, the "Brother Leader" probably doesn't get much pushback from his tailor.
  • Former Obama Adviser Says President 'Vindicated' on Libya Strategy

    08/22/2011 1:02:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 22, 2011 | Peter Nicholas
    Moammar Kadafi’s fall from power would be a vindication of the Obama administration’s strategy in Libya after the president endured months of criticism for “leading from behind” and letting European allies take a more upfront role in fighting Kadafi’s forces, a former adviser to Obama said. “The administration is entirely vindicated,’’ said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution who has advised three presidents on the Middle East and south Asia. “They said from the beginning that the primary actor here needed to be the Libyans and they weren’t going to put boots on the ground.’’ After briefly...
  • Cornered Gaddafi Defiant to the Last (His Rule May Not Be Over)

    08/22/2011 11:46:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Asia Times ^ | Aug 23, 2011 | Victor Kotsev
    For the second time since the start of the Libyan uprising, the days of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi appear to be numbered. The first time around, in late February, he made such an impressive comeback that a coalition of countries led by the United States, France and Britain felt compelled to intervene forcefully against him by mid-March. Now, as jubilant rebels are seen dancing in the center of the capital Tripoli, he seems truly vanquished. However, it is unlikely that we have seen the last of him. The "astonishing speed" (to quote The New York Times) with which his forces pulled...
  • Report: Gaddafi son under house arrest escapes (and another may be dead)

    08/22/2011 11:17:33 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    Cairo - One of sons of embattled Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi has escaped after being placed under house arrest, the Al-Jazeera broadcaster reported Monday. [Mohamed Gaddafi was captured while doing an interview with Al Jazeera yesterday and was being held in his house.]
  • Gaddafi dead or alive?

    08/22/2011 7:37:46 AM PDT · by nomenClatur · 26 replies
    I saw a pic in a turkish web site, claiming that pic freshly came from Libya and showing Gaddafi dead.
  • Gaddafi under siege: Two CIA-backed groups, an al-Qaeda-linked LIFG on top of power stakes

    08/21/2011 11:26:05 PM PDT · by Qbert · 8 replies
    Asian Tribune ^ | 8/22/2011 | Daya Gamage
    With the imminent departure of Muammar Gaddafi from absolute power as the rebels are closing on Tripoli two CIA-backed Libyan groups and an al-Qaeda affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a declared foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by the US State Department since 2004, could emerge as real power in Libya when it is clear that the rebel military forces are a patchwork of armed groups, former soldiers and freelance militias including self-appointed neighborhood gangs. The main rebel group, based in Benghazi in the country's east, consists of former government ministers who have defected, and longstanding opposition figures, representing a range...
  • "Gaddafi Death Picture" an Obvious Fake

    08/21/2011 11:19:10 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 5 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 8/22/11 | Aurelius
    Like "pictures" of Osama bin Laden's dead body, photoshoppers have been busy making fake images of a dead Muammar Gaddafi. The most prevalent one is this one, supposedly showing him in a pool of blood: But this picture is an obvious fake to anyone who has paid careful attention to the news in the last few months. Look at "Gaddafi's" left shoulder. Anyone who remembers pictures that came out after bin Laden died of dead men in his compound remember the "water gun" photo, which appeared to show a water gun behind a dead, bloody man lying on the floor....
  • Gaddafi Dead in Tripoli? (graphic photo)

    08/21/2011 10:44:03 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 22, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Two sons captured as government defenses collapse [pic] Al Jazeera says Gaddafi's forces in his supposed 'stronghold' of Tripoli just fell apart. The 'Gaddafi dead' pic has been circulating on Twitter overnight, looks pretty gruesomely authentic. ________________________________________________________________________ Euphoric Libyan rebels have moved into the centre of the capital, Tripoli, as Muammar Gaddafi's defenders melted away and thousands of jubilant civilians rushed out of their homes to cheer the long convoys of pickup trucks packed with fighters shooting in the air. The rebels' surprising and speedy leap forward, after six months of largely deadlocked civil war, was packed into just a...
  • Obama: Libya slipping from grasp of tyrant

    08/21/2011 8:11:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 21, 2011
    VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) -- Following a day of dramatic developments in Libya, President Barack Obama said Sunday night that the situation there had reached a "tipping point" and that control of the capital was "slipping from the grasp of a tyrant." He called on Moammar Gadhafi to accept reality and relinquish power.
  • STATEMENT BY SENATORS McCAIN AND GRAHAM ON END OF THE QADAFFI REGIME IN LIBYA

    08/21/2011 6:46:36 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 51 replies
    Sen, John McCain website ^ | August 21, 2011 | John McCain - Lindsey Graham
    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement regarding the end of the Qadaffi regime in Libya: “The end of the Qadaffi regime in Libya is a victory for the Libyan people and for the broader cause of freedom in the Middle East and throughout the world. This achievement was made possible first and foremost by the struggle and sacrifice of countless Libyans, whose courage and perseverance we applaud. We also commend our British, French, and other allies, as well as our Arab partners, especially Qatar and the UAE, for their...
  • ICC prosecutor spokeswoman says Gaddafi son detained

    08/21/2011 4:08:16 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2011
    About all that's in so far. Undoubtedly, more details will follow soon.
  • Libyan rebels enter Tripoli, arrest Gadhafi's son (Three sons arrested, Gaddafi missing)

    08/21/2011 3:40:27 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Libyan rebels moved into the capital Tripoli on Sunday and came within two miles of the city center, as Moammar Gadhafi's defenders melted away. The rebel leadership said Gadhafi's son and one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam has been arrested. Associated Press reporters with the rebels said they met little resistance as they moved from the western outskirts into the capital in a dramatic turning of the tides in the 6-month-old Libyan civil war. The rebels took control of one neighborhood, Ghot Shaal, on the western edge of the city. They set up checkpoints as rebel trucks rolled into Tripoli.
  • Meet the Irish Teen Who Tracks and Kills Gaddafi Snipers

    08/20/2011 6:07:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | Saturday, Aug 20, 2011 | Saturday, Aug 20, 2011
    With his flipped-round baseball cap and "Just Do It" T-shirt, Tareg Gazel looks like any other 19 year old. But this teen's job is to use cunning and guile to find and kill Gaddafi regime snipers. His mother is from Belfast, his father is Libyan and, as if drawn from the script of a Hollywood movie, he is now using what he learnt hunting game in the desert to liberate Zawiyah, his city that lies almost at the gates of Tripoli. Rebels said late Friday that they had freed Zawiyah, just 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Libyan capital, but...
  • Gaddafi about to quit(may go to Venezuela)

    08/19/2011 6:06:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | 08/18/11 | Garibov Konstantin
    Gaddafi about to quit Garibov Konstantin Aug 18, 2011 14:31 Moscow Time Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is ill and ready to hand over power to Justice Minister Mohammed al-Qamoodi. A statement to that effect came from an anonymous source in that country’s armed forces. Gaddafi has also agreed to move to Venezuela together with his family. Among conditions set forth by the Colonel is an immediate ceasefire and end to the NATO operation. The Libyan president has apparently begun packing his belongings, since, according to a number of Arab media, two airbuses landed at the Tripoli airport on Wednesday -...
  • Doctor: Lockerbie bomber released because of ill health may live for years

    08/19/2011 5:03:21 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 11 replies
    © 2010 Syracuse Online LLC. All Rights Reserved ^ | Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011, 3:47 PM
    A Libyan man convicted of murdering 270 people by blowing up a passenger jet could live for several more years, a leading cancer specialist said Friday — two years after the terminally ill bomber was freed on compassionate grounds because he was close to death. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released from a Scottish jail and flown back to Libya on Aug. 20, 2009 after prison doctors estimated he had only three months to live.
  • Rebels say they are gaining ground in Libya; government disputes claim

    08/13/2011 11:16:20 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | August 13, 2011
    A Libyan mourner fires shots in the air at a cemetery on August 12 during the funeral of five rebels killed in the battle for the control of the oil-rich town of Brega. Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Rebels said Saturday that they were gaining traction in a series of offensives in several parts of Libya controlled by ruler Moammar Gadhafi -- claims that the Libyan government swiftly disputed. Heavy gunfire was heard in al-Zawiya, located about 33 miles west of Tripoli, where rebels had arrived. Rebels entered the city center and managed to cut off the road to Tripoli, they...