Barry's Feed
Oct 22, 2011

Gaddafi’s body is latest war trophy for Misrata

TRIPOLI, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s body, bloodied
and half-naked on a filthy mattress in a meat locker, is the
latest spoil of war hauled back to Misrata by its exuberant
fighters, confident they are Libya’s fiercest revolutionaries.

The city of Misrata became something of a symbol for the
revolt against Gaddafi after it fell to rebels early in the war
and then stayed in their hands throughout, despite a merciless
bombardment and lengthy siege by the Libyan army.

Oct 21, 2011

Candy floss and bouncy castles mark Gaddafi’s death

TRIPOLI, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Mohammed was pretty sure he had
the best joke of the night in Martyr’s Square as Tripolitanians
partied in a carnival-like atmosphere into the small hours of
Friday morning.

“I have a new ambition, maybe,” the 20-year-old said. “I
want to run for president.”

Oct 21, 2011

Libya “liberation” to be announced in Benghazi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The liberation of Libya will be declared Saturday in the city of Benghazi, often referred to as the cradle of the revolution that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, and not in the capital Tripoli, interim government officials told Reuters.

The chairman of the ruling National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, will make the announcement, the officials said. “The decision has been taken,” an NTC official said. “The declaration of liberation will be in Benghazi, not Tripoli.”

Oct 20, 2011

City of Gaddafi’s birth and death buried under rubble

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – For the world’s less-scrupulous dignitaries, officials and “high-ups” of various stripes, a trip to Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte was a treat.

They were fed like royalty, slept on fluffy pillows and some of the luckier ones even left with pockets bulging with 100 dollar bills.

Oct 20, 2011

Libya NTC chief to declare liberation soon – PM

Tripoli (Reuters) – The chairman of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) will declare the country liberated from Muammar Gaddafi’s rule later on Thursday or, at the latest, Friday, NTC prime minister Mahmoud Jibril said.

“Mr Mustafa Abdel Jalil will come out today or by maximum tomorrow, to declare the liberation of the country and to give out specific details regarding the killing (earlier on Thursday) of Gaddafi,” Jibril told a news conference.

Oct 18, 2011

At Bani Walid party, Libya fighters look to future

BANI WALID (Reuters) – “I used to drive a 1990 Mazda,” the young Libyan revolutionary says through child-like giggles, hurtling into the heart of battle at the wheel of a new 4-by-4 looted from slain soldiers of Muammar Gaddafi. “Look at me now.”

But there was to be no more fighting for Ali that day. Bani Walid, one of only two towns in Libya that had still been resisting the men who toppled one of the world’s most recognizable leaders, had fallen.

Oct 17, 2011

NTC forces celebrate capture of Gaddafi bastion Bani Walid

BANI WALID, Libya, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Fighters with Libya’s
interim government fired their guns into the air and hoisted the
country’s new flag over the centre of Bani Walid on Monday to
celebrate their capture of one of the final bastions of Muammar
Gaddafi’s loyalists.

A Reuters team that drove into Bani Walid, in desert hills
150 km (90 miles) south of Tripoli, saw no signs of resistance
from supporters of the deposed leader who have been holed up
inside the town for more than six weeks.

Oct 17, 2011

Libya government says controls most of Bani Walid

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan interim government forces said on Monday they had raised the country’s new flag over Bani Walid after securing control over most parts of the desert town — one of the last bastions held by loyalists of Muammar Gaddafi.

Ahmed Bani, the interim government’s military spokesman, told reporters in the capital Tripoli: “Ninety percent of Bani Walid has been liberated.”

Oct 17, 2011

Libya govt says controls most of Bani Walid

TRIPOLI, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Libyan interim government forces
said on Monday they had raised the country’s new flag over Bani
Walid after securing control over most parts of the desert town
– one of the last bastions held by loyalists of Muammar
Gaddafi.

Ahmed Bani, the interim government’s military spokesman,
told reporters in the capital Tripoli: “Ninety percent of Bani
Walid has been liberated.”

Oct 17, 2011

Libya government says its flag flies over Bani Walid

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan interim government forces said Monday they had raised the country’s new flag over Bani Walid, one of the last bastions of pro-Muammar Gaddafi loyalists, but it was not yet clear if the town had been completely captured.

Along with Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte, Bani Walid has been one of only two towns in Libya where there is still armed resistance to the rule of the National Transitional Council (NTC).

    • About Barry

      "Irish journalist who has lived in the Horn and east Africa since 2006 - first in Ethiopia, then in Uganda - covering politics, elections, society, culture and economics across the region. I have also worked for Reuters in Tunisia, Iraq and Libya and was part of the team that dominated coverage of Muammar Gaddafi's killing. Always welcome a good chat over on Twitter: @malonebarry"
    • Contact Barry

    • Follow Barry