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Sep 5, 2011

Libyans say China and Europe sent arms to Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new leadership has evidence Muammar Gaddafi bought arms this year from sanctions-busting traders in China and Europe, many of them via Algeria, but are split over how far to retaliate against governments who failed to stop it.

In interviews with Reuters in Tripoli on Monday, officials of the National Transitional Council (NTC) made plain that feelings are running high against neighboring Algeria, which one described as Gaddafi’s “right-hand man.” Libya may also seek legal and diplomatic redress against suppliers and governments.

Sep 5, 2011

Libyan NTC probes China, Western arms to Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new leadership has evidence Muammar Gaddafi bought arms from companies in China and Western countries in defiance of U.N. sanctions and now plans legal and diplomatic action, a military spokesman said in Tripoli on Monday.

“We’ll be going through legal channels, through international courts, as well as the United Nations itself,” Abdul Rahman Busin told Reuters. “Either to prosecute them or to come to a diplomatic understanding.”

Sep 4, 2011

Libya NTC to offer fighters police jobs

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s interim government moved to calm its anxious fighters and offer stability on Sunday, announcing plans to draft thousands of the men who ousted Muammar Gaddafi into the police and find other jobs for the rest.

Though Tripoli has become noticeably calmer in recent days, with people drifting back to work, cars back on the roads and cafes and restaurants starting to do business again, there are still large numbers of armed men on the streets. Many more are still in brigades in other parts of the country.

Sep 4, 2011

Libyans eye Gaddafi bastions, stability

NORTH OF BANI WALID/TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept 4 (Reuters) -
Libya’s interim council said it hoped to seize one of Muammar
Gaddafi’s last strongholds without resistance on Sunday as it
tries to control the entire country and restore normality.

Outside the pro-Gaddafi town of Bani Walid, a National
Transitional Council (NTC) negotiator said talks were over.

Sep 4, 2011

Libyans say about to take Gaddafi bastion

NORTH OF BANI WALID/TRIPOLI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s interim council said it hoped to seize one of Muammar Gaddafi’s last strongholds without resistance on Sunday as it pursues its drive to assert control over the whole country.

Outside the pro-Gaddafi town of Bani Walid, a National Transitional Council (NTC) negotiator said talks were over.

Sep 4, 2011

Libyans say closing in on Gaddafi bastions

TRIPOLI/MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s interim government said it was closing in on bastions of support for Muammar Gaddafi Saturday, although there were mixed signals of how quickly their forces were moving.

Although the head of the NATO-backed National Transitional Council (NTC) reaffirmed a week-long grace period for making terms to avoid bloodshed, anti-Gaddafi fighters besieging two important towns said they were ready to attack.

Sep 3, 2011

Libyans say Gaddafi bastion may have given up

TRIPOLI/MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s provisional government said it was closing in on bastions of support for Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday and planned to resume oil production at key fields within days.

Offering Libyans some hope of an end to conflict and a more prosperous future after 42 years of Gaddafi’s personal rule, Ali Tarhouni, the interim oil minister said, during a news conference in Tripoli that he had been told by commanders that the pro-Gaddafi bastion of Bani Walid may have changed sides.

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

Jobs and politics key to unity in anti-Gaddafi ranks

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – One young fighter accidentally shoots himself in the foot as others fire wildly in the air, while a truck narrowly misses bystanders as it careers past.

It’s a typical night of celebration for the men who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi.

Sep 2, 2011

Gaddafi defiant as world frees Libya funds

TRIPOLI, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi urged his
supporters to fight on as world leaders freed up billions of
dollars to help Libya’s new rulers rebuild a nation torn by 42
years of one-man rule and six months of civil war.

“Let it be a long battle. We will fight from place to place,
from town to town, from valley to valley, from mountain to
mountain,” Gaddafi said in a message relayed by satellite TV on
the anniversary of the coup that brought him to power in 1969.