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Oct 10, 2011

Mountainous terrain hampering Gaddafi hunt: NTC

TRIPOLI, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Fugitive Muammar Gaddafi may be
hiding in a remote and thinly-populated area surrounded by
mountains in an attempt to frustrate efforts to track him, a
representative of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council
(NTC) said on Monday.

Gaddafi has been on the run since NTC forces surged into
Tripoli on August 23 and has eluded capture along with two
prominent sons.

Oct 9, 2011

Libyan Islamist demands role for “moderate” Islam

TRIPOLI, Oct 10 (Reuters) – A prominent and influential
Libyan Islamist cleric, returning to his native land after the
overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, has demanded a role for “moderate”
Islam in politics.

“We call for a moderate Islam,” Ali Al-Sallabi said at a
meeting late on Sunday that included supporters and opponents.
“But you all have to understand that Islam is not just about
punishment, cutting hands and beheading with swords.”

Oct 9, 2011

UK PM steps into defence minister row

LONDON/MISRATA (Reuters) – Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron stepped into a row surrounding his defence secretary’s working relationship with a former flatmate on Saturday by demanding initial findings of an inquiry be delivered within 48 hours.

The prime minister had earlier in the day given his backing to his embattled minister, and suggested the internal inquiry should be given time to investigate claims by the opposition that national security or ministerial code of conduct may have been breached.

Oct 8, 2011

Cameron backs under fire defence secretary

LONDON/MISRATA (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron backed his defence secretary Saturday after media reports suggested his links with a friend and self-styled adviser might have threatened national security.

The media coverage overshadowed Liam Fox’s first visit to Libya, where he announced an additional 500,000 pounds of funds to help the new interim government fight arms proliferation.

Oct 7, 2011

UN urges no revenge attacks in Gaddafi hometown

TRIPOLI, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The United Nations on Friday
warned there should be no reprisals against residents of Muammar
Gaddafi’s hometown should it fall to Libyan interim government
forces, who on Friday launched their biggest assault on the town
yet.

Pro-Gaddafi fighters in Sirte — one of only two main
remaining bastions of support for the deposed leader — have for
weeks been fiercely resisting ruling National Transitional
Council (NTC) forces.

Oct 6, 2011

Libyan security arm to hunt Gaddafi Loyalists

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new government is setting up a security agency whose main task would be to root out those who remain loyal to deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi in towns and cities it now controls.

Ahmed al Dharrat, Libya’s new interim internal affairs minister, told Reuters the new agency would replace a much-feared security service which ruled the North African nation through fear and arrests throughout Gaddafi’s 42 years in power.

Sep 26, 2011

Libya’s Moussa Ibrahim says was in Sirte on Sunday

Tunis, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The fugitive spokesman for
Muammar Gaddafi said on Monday that he was in the ousted
leader’s hometown of Sirte as it came under attack on Sunday but
he refused to comment on Gaddafi’s own whereabouts.

Sirte — one of only two main remaining Gaddafi strongholds
in Libya — is besieged by provisional government forces on
three fronts and has been regularly hit by NATO warplanes.

Sep 22, 2011

NATO strikes, NTC kill 151 in Sirte: Gaddafi aide

TUNIS (Reuters) – Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s spokesman told Reuters on Thursday that NATO air strikes and shelling of Sirte by interim government forces on Wednesday and Thursday killed 151 people.

He also said the city’s main hospital had run out of medical supplies and power.

Sep 20, 2011

Captured foreign “mercenaries” treated well – Gaddafi

TUNIS (Reuters) – Seventeen foreign “mercenaries,” including French and British personnel, have been captured, are being questioned in Muammar Gaddafi’s stronghold, Bani Walid, and will be shown publicly soon, Gaddafi’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

“I talked to the guys who captured them and they assured me they will be treated very well and they are being held in a very secure and safe place,” Moussa Ibrahim told Reuters by telephone. “When the time is right, they will produce them.”

Sep 20, 2011

Captured foreign “mercenaries” treated well: Gaddafi spokesman

TUNIS (Reuters) – Seventeen foreign “mercenaries,” including French and British personnel, have been captured, are being questioned in Muammar Gaddafi’s stronghold, Bani Walid, and will be shown publicly soon, Gaddafi’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

“I talked to the guys who captured them and they assured me they will be treated very well and they are being held in a very secure and safe place,” Moussa Ibrahim told Reuters by telephone. “When the time is right, they will produce them.”

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      "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"
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