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Apr 5, 2011

Libya rebels hope for first oil shipment

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels hoped to begin their first independent oil shipment on Tuesday, helping replenish eastern finances depleted by a weeks-long rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi.

The tanker Equator, which can carry 1 million barrels of crude, was due to arrive at the east Libyan port of Marsa el Hariga, satellite ship tracking data showed on Monday.

Apr 4, 2011

Volunteers flock to Libya rebel army boot camp

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Ashraf Mohamed Salem has never fired a gun in his life.

But the 27-year-old science student was one of several hundred eager volunteers who showed up at the Benghazi military barracks on Monday for a basic training course so he can join the rebel army facing Muammar Gaddafi’s troops.

Apr 4, 2011

Volunteers flock to rebel army boot camp

BENGHAZI, Libya, April 4 (Reuters) – Ashraf Mohamed Salem
has never fired a gun in his life.

But the 27-year-old science student was one of several
hundred eager volunteers who showed up at the Benghazi military
barracks on Monday for a basic training course so he can join
the rebel army facing Muammar Gaddafi’s troops.

Apr 4, 2011

Gaddafi’s help for IRA leaves bloody legacy – lawyer

BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Explosives that killed a Northern Ireland police officer at the weekend probably came from stocks Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s government sent to the IRA in the past, a lawyer who represents British victims of IRA attacks said on Monday.

A 25-year-old Catholic policeman on Saturday when a bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, the first killing of a policeman in Northern Ireland for two years by nationalist militants opposed to British rule in the province.

Apr 3, 2011

Turkish ship evacuates wounded from Libya city

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – A Turkish ship rescued 250 wounded from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata on Sunday, but left behind thousands of people pleading to be evacuated, a Turkish diplomat and witnesses said.

Swathed in bandages, evacuees on board gave one of the most detailed accounts yet of conditions in Misrata, the last major rebel-held city in western Libya, and surrounded by government troops after rising up against Muammar Gaddafi in mid-February.

Apr 2, 2011

Coalition “friendly fire” kills 13 Libyan rebels

EAST OF BREGA/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – A NATO-led air strike killed 13 Libyan rebels, a rebel spokesman said on Saturday, but their leaders called for continued raids on Muammar Gaddafi’s forces despite the “regrettable incident.”

In the rebel capital of Benghazi the anti-Gaddafi council also named a “crisis team,” including the former Libyan interior minister as the armed forces chief of staff, to run parts of the country it holds in its struggle to topple Gaddafi.

Apr 2, 2011

Fear of war still weighs on Benghazi commerce

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – With Muammar Gaddafi’s forces fighting rebel troops only two hours’ drive from Benghazi, many shopkeepers and traders in the Libyan rebel capital are keeping their shutters firmly down.

Those who are open for business in the markets and shopping streets of the Mediterranean city say they are ready to close up at a moment’s notice should his troops advance nearer.

Apr 1, 2011

More than 400 rebel supporters missing in east Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – More than 400 people have gone missing in east Libya since the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi began six weeks ago, many feared killed or captured by government forces, human rights officials say.

Relatives have stuck posters on the walls of hospital lobbies with photos of missing young men and telephone numbers to call with any information.

Mar 31, 2011

Libya rebels glad and wary of U.S. support, defection

NEAR BREGA/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Rebels massed for a counter-attack against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in eastern Libya on Thursday, both encouraged by and wary of news of covert U.S. support and his foreign minister’s defection.

“We are beginning to see the Gaddafi regime crumble,” rebel spokesman Mustafa Gheriani said in the eastern town of Benghazi, while stopping short of welcoming fugitive foreign minister Moussa Koussa, a former spy chief, into the rebel fold.

Mar 31, 2011

U.S. support order, defection could buoy Libya rebels

NEAR BREGA/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels massed for a counter-attack against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in the east on Thursday, both buoyed by and wary of news of covert U.S. support and his foreign minister’s defection.

“We are beginning to see the Gaddafi regime crumble,” rebel spokesman Mustafa Gheriani said in the eastern town of Benghazi, while stopping short of welcoming fugitive foreign minister Moussa Koussa, a former spy chief, into the rebel fold.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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