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Apr 10, 2011

World War Two graves testify to past bloodshed in Libya

TOBRUK, Libya (Reuters) – As tank and artillery fire booms over the Libyan desert once more and soldiers fight over desolate towns, the graves of the dead from World War Two battles are a reminder of past struggles against oppression.

A total of 3,651 soldiers, mostly from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa lie in the Knightsbridge War Cemetery near Acroma, 25 km west of Tobruk.

Apr 7, 2011

Analysis – Libya rebels lack charismatic figurehead

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Nearly two months into their struggle to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s rebels lack a charismatic political or military leader who can articulate their cause and act as a flag-bearer for the people.

The revolutionary movement has set up a transitional national council headed by Mustafa Abdul Jaleel and an “emergency crisis” team led by Mahmoud Jibreel.

Apr 6, 2011

Libya rebels lack charismatic figurehead

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Nearly two months into their struggle to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s rebels lack a charismatic political or military leader who can articulate their cause and act as a flag-bearer for the people.

The revolutionary movement has set up a transitional national council headed by Mustafa Abdul Jaleel and an “emergency crisis” team led by Mahmoud Jibreel.

Apr 6, 2011

East Libya oil output stops after attacks: rebels

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Production at rebel-held oilfields in eastern Libya has stopped after they came under attack from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, a rebel spokesman said on Wednesday.

Oilfields in Misla and the Waha area were hit by Gaddafi’s artillery on Tuesday and Wednesday, spokesman Hafiz Ghoga told reporters in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

Apr 6, 2011

Gaddafi using civilians to curb air strikes – France

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – NATO air strikes in Libya are being hampered by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces hunkering down near civilians, France said on Wednesday after rebels accused the West of doing little to stop his siege of Misrata.

NATO officials have said their six-day-old air campaign is now focused on Misrata, under daily shelling and sniper fire as the only big population centre in western Libya where a popular revolt against Gaddafi has not been suppressed.

Apr 5, 2011

Libyan rebels condemn NATO over Gaddafi advance

BENGHAZI, Libya, April 6 (Reuters) – The head of Libya’s
rebel army has condemned NATO for its slow chain of command in
ordering air strikes to protect civilians, saying the alliance
was “letting the people of Misrata die every day”.

The besieged city of Misrata, the only big population centre
in western Libya where a revolt against Gaddafi has not been
crushed and which faces army tanks and snipers, is now the
priority for NATO air strikes, alliance officials said earlier.

Apr 5, 2011

Libyan rebels condemn NATO as too slow to act

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi’s forces on Tuesday criticized NATO as too slow to act and said they would ask the U.N. Security Council to suspend its mission unless it “did its job properly.” Abdel Fattah Younes, head of the rebel forces, said NATO’s inaction was allowing Gaddafi’s forces to advance and letting them kill the people of the rebel-held city of Misrata “every day.”

NATO took over from a coalition led by the United States, Britain and France on March 31, putting the alliance in charge of air strikes targeting Gaddafi’s military infrastructure as well as policing a no-fly zone and an arms embargo.

Apr 5, 2011

NATO changes Libya tactics due to human shields

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Western powers have destroyed nearly a third of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s military since launching air strikes last month but NATO has been forced to change bombing tactics because of human shields.

The besieged city of Misrata, the only big population centre in western Libya where a revolt against Gaddafi has not been crushed and which faces army tanks and snipers, is now the number one priority for NATO air strikes.

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.

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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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