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Aug 28, 2011

Ethnic killings spark doom in Pakistan’s biggest city

KARACHI (Reuters) – Imran Ali’s kidnappers jabbed pistols into his sides and led him down a quiet street as fresh ethnic carnage spread fear in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi.

Two other people blindfolded and held with the construction worker had just been shot at point-blank range. It was his turn.

Aug 28, 2011

Ethnic killings spark apocalyptic doom in Pakistan’s biggest city

KARACHI, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Imran Ali’s kidnappers jabbed
pistols into his sides and led him down a quiet street as fresh
ethnic carnage spread fear in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi.

Two other people blindfolded and held with the construction
worker had just been shot at point-blank range. It was his turn.

Aug 22, 2011

Who can unite Libya after Gaddafi?

NALUT, Libya, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Now that Muammar Gaddafi’s
four-decade rule appears to be over, the disparate groups of
rebels who drove him from power could face a graver danger: each
other.

Without the cause of fighting Gaddafi to unite them, the
fighters from all walks of life must come up with an effective
leadership to run a country suffering from factionalism, tribal
rivalries and ethnic divisions.

Aug 21, 2011

Who can unite Libya if Gaddafi falls?

NALUT, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebel Husam Najjair seems more concerned about the possibility of rebels turning on each other when they try to take control of the capital Tripoli than the threat posed by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

“The first thing my brigade will do is set up checkpoints to disarm everyone, including other rebel groups, because otherwise it will be a bloodbath,” said Najjair. “All the rebel groups will want to control Tripoli. Order will be needed.”

Aug 18, 2011

Libya rebels battle for refineries in east and west

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Rebels to the west and east of Libya’s increasingly isolated capital fought forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi Wednesday for control of oil facilities vital to winning the six-month-old civil war.

In Zawiyah, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, they assaulted a coastal oil refinery to try to drive the last Gaddafi forces out and tighten their noose around the capital.

Aug 18, 2011

Libya rebels fight for refineries; US sends drones

ZAWIYAH, Libya, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Rebels to the west and
east of Libya’s capital fought forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi
for control of oil facilities vital to winning the six-month-old
civil war.

The United States also deployed two more Predator drones for
surveillance operations over Libya, a U.S. official told Reuters
on Wednesday, as Gaddafi’s forces faced unprecedented pressure.

Aug 17, 2011

Rebels launch push to consolidate Tripoli siege

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels launched an assault on an oil refinery on Wednesday to drive the last remaining troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi out of a city on Tripoli’s outskirts and consolidate a siege of the capital.

After 41 years of supreme power, the 69-year-old Gaddafi is looking isolated, with reinvigorated rebel forces closing in on the capital from the west and south and cutting off its road links to the outside.

Aug 17, 2011

Gaddafi isolated as rebels fight towards Tripoli

OUTSKIRTS OF ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels aiming to topple Muammar Gaddafi are coming under fire from government troops as the insurgents fight to secure their latest gains and lay siege to the capital Tripoli.

But an increasingly confident rebel leadership dismissed reports that it was holding secret talks with representatives of the Libyan leader in neighboring Tunisia.

Aug 16, 2011

Sniper’s bullet ends life-long friendship in Libya

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Life-long friends Abdul Ghani and Majdi often played soccer and billiards together as youngsters, went to the same law school and then joined the rebel movement fighting to topple Muammar Gaddafi.

A sniper’s bullet shattered their dream of opening up a law practice together in a new democratic Libya where they intended to focus on human rights cases.

Aug 16, 2011

Rebels say Tripoli encircled; U.S. says Scud fired

ZAWIYAH, Libya, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said they
had seized a second strategic town near Tripoli within 24 hours,
completing the encirclement of the capital in the boldest
advances of their six-month-old uprising against Muammar
Gaddafi.

A U.S. defense official also said on Monday that Gaddafi’s
forces had fired a Scud missile for the first time since the
uprising against his rule began six months ago, but it landed in
the desert and injured no one.