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Sep 6, 2011

Libyan army convoy in Niger may be Gadaffi deal

TRIPOLI/AGADEZ, Niger (Reuters) – Scores of Libyan army vehicles have crossed the desert frontier into Niger in what may be a dramatic, secretly negotiated bid by Muammar Gaddafi to seek refuge in a friendly African state, military sources from France and Niger told Reuters on Tuesday.

The convoy of between 200 and 250 vehicles was given an escort by the army of Niger, an impoverished and landlocked former French colony to the south of Libya, and might, according to a French military source, be joined by Gaddafi en route for neighboring Burkina Faso, which has offered him asylum.

Sep 4, 2011

U.N. says Libya weapons a major concern

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The proliferation of weapons in Libya is a major concern and the new rulers need to establish a proper police force and army to replace the hundreds of armed groups who patrol the streets, the United Nations special adviser on Libya said on Sunday.

Ian Martin, in Libya to compile a report for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on rebuilding the country after its civil war, also said the interim government needed to start the electoral process soon if it is to honor its commitment to establish democracy.

Sep 4, 2011

Exclusive: abandoned Libyan missile: a gift to militants?

TAJOURA, Libya (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi’s soldiers fled this corner of a field outside Tripoli where they were camped, they left behind their army fatigues, a can of Brut deodorant — and a Scud tactical missile.

Days later, the Soviet-made rocket, loaded on its launch truck and pointing toward the Libyan capital, is still sitting under the eucalyptus trees where they left it. The motley rebel forces who overthrew Gaddafi two weeks ago have set up no guard to prevent anyone taking it away or looting it for parts.

Sep 4, 2011

Abandoned Libyan missile: a gift to militants?

TAJOURA, Libya (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi’s soldiers fled this corner of a field outside Tripoli where they were camped, they left behind their army fatigues, a can of Brut deodorant — and a Scud tactical missile.

Days later, the Soviet-made rocket, loaded on its launch truck and pointing towards the Libyan capital, is still sitting under the eucalyptus trees where they left it. The motley rebel forces who overthrew Gaddafi two weeks ago have set up no guard to prevent anyone taking it away or looting it for parts.

Sep 3, 2011

Libyans focus on reconciliation and rebuilding

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new leadership reaffirmed its commitment to democracy on Friday and worked on its priorities for spending billions of dollars released from the frozen assets of fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

A day after international powers met in Paris and agreed to hand over more than $15 billion to the rebels who overthrew Gaddafi the European Union rescinded a range of sanctions and officials from the National Transitional Council explained their rebuilding plans.

Sep 2, 2011

EU sees threat from Libyan arms, open borders

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The huge numbers of weapons circulating in a postwar Libya with unsecured borders pose a risk to Europe and other nations, the European Union’s senior representative in Tripoli said on Friday.

Western states have given their support to the rebel forces which, after six months of fighting ended Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule in Libya, but they are concerned groups such as al Qaeda’s North African wing could exploit any power vacuum.

Sep 2, 2011

Bani Walid holds out for Gaddafi, set terms – source

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Cut off from the outside world and fearful of attack by former rebels bent on revenge, people in the town of Bani Walid may well be playing host to Muammar Gaddafi but might also be ready to negotiate with Libya’s new rulers.

A Libyan from the desert town who is well known to Reuters journalists said Friday that he had been in sporadic contact this week with people in Bani Walid, where commanders for the interim government have focussed their hunt for Gaddafi.

Sep 2, 2011

Libyans pledge democracy as they win Gaddafi billions

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new leadership reaffirmed their commitment to democracy and good governance on Friday as they worked on how to spend billions of dollars they have been given from the frozen assets of fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

A day after international powers met in Paris and agreed to hand over $15 billion to the rebels who overthrew Gaddafi last week, the European Union, a key trading partner, rescinded a range of sanctions and officials from the National Transitional Council told financiers about their initial rebuilding plans.

Aug 16, 2011

Analysis: Fight or flee: decision time for Libya’s Gaddafi

ALGIERS, Aug 16 (Reuters) – The battle to control Libya has entered its final phase when Muammar Gaddafi must make a choice: to seek a negotiated exit or to defend his capital to the last bullet.

Rebels with support from NATO warplanes have, over the past 48 hours, taken key towns around Gaddafi’s stronghold in Tripoli in a dramatic series of advances which cut the city off from supplies of fuel and food.

Aug 16, 2011

Fight or flee: decision time for Libya’s Gaddafi

ALGIERS (Reuters) – The battle to control Libya has entered its final phase when Muammar Gaddafi must make a choice: to seek a negotiated exit or to defend his capital to the last bullet.

Rebels with support from NATO warplanes have, over the past 48 hours, taken key towns around Gaddafi’s stronghold in Tripoli in a dramatic series of advances which cut the city off from supplies of fuel and food.