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Jul 9, 2011

Rebels brace for attacks as Gaddafi threatens Europe

DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Rebel fighters braced for further attacks on Saturday from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi after the Libyan leader staged a show of support at home and threatened to strike his enemies abroad.

Rebels in Misrata said the death toll in the western town, a longtime insurgent stronghold, had risen to seven from six, with at least 17 wounded, after a heavy attack by Gaddafi artillery the day before.

Jul 9, 2011

Gaddafi threatens Europe as rebels renew push

DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi threatened to take the war in Libya to Europe on Friday while rebels came under heavy fire as they renewed their push against his forces.

Tens of thousands of Gaddafi supporters rallied in Tripoli’s Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step down after four decades in power and five months of fighting.

Jul 8, 2011

Libyan rebels set for renewed push to Tripoli

DAFNIYA/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels renewed their push against leader Muammar Gadaffi’s forces on Friday, coming under heavy fire just days after making hefty advances toward Tripoli on two fronts.

A defiant Gadaffi rallied tens of thousands of supporters to Tripoli’s Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step down after four decades in power and five months of fighting.

Jul 6, 2011

Libyan rebels say they make advance near Misrata

DAFNIYA, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebel fighters based in Misrata advanced about 20 km (12 miles) west toward the capital, rebel commanders said on Wednesday, but government forces were shelling their positions.

Rebel commanders in Dafniya, on the western outskirts of Misrata, told Reuters their forces had made the advance overnight along one stretch of the front line, but Reuters journalists were unable to confirm that independently.

Jun 29, 2011

“Game over” for Gaddafi in months – prosecutor

TRIPOLI/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi could fall within two to three months, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor said on Tuesday, as rebels sought to build on a gradual advance towards Tripoli.

The ICC’s Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who on Monday announced an arrest warrant for Gaddafi on charges of crimes against humanity, is the latest international official to say the Libyan leader would soon capitulate to a NATO-backed revolt.

Jun 28, 2011

Prosecutor sees Gaddafi endgame, China cautious

TRIPOLI/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Tuesday it could be “game over” within months for Muammar Gaddafi, but China reacted cautiously to the issuing of an arrest warrant for the Libyan leader on charges of crimes against humanity.

“Today, it is time for arrests,” ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters in The Hague, a day after the ICC approved warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi.

Jun 28, 2011

International court orders Gaddafi’s arrest

THE HAGUE/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on Monday for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and rebels trying to oust him said their forces had advanced to within 80 km (50 miles) of the capital.

The Hague-based court approved warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity. ICC prosecutors allege they were involved in the killing of civilian protesters who rose up in February against Gaddafi’s 41-year rule.

Jun 27, 2011

Hague court issues arrest warrant for Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on Monday for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and rebels trying to oust him said their forces had advanced to within 80 km (50 miles) of the capital Tripoli.

The court approved warrants for Gaddafi as well as his son Saif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity. ICC prosecutors allege they were involved in the killing of protesters who rose up in February against Gaddafi’s 41-year rule.

Jun 27, 2011

Libyan rebels advance towards Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels trying to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi have pushed to within about 80 km (50 miles) of the capital, a rebel spokesman told Reuters on Monday, in the biggest rebel breakthrough in weeks.

In neighboring Tunisia three Libyan ministers, including the foreign minister, were holding talks with “foreign parties,” the Tunisian state news agency reported.

Jun 27, 2011

Gaddafi’s future not up for debate – Libyan government

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is the historical choice of the Libyan people and cannot be moved aside, his government said on Sunday, stepping back from earlier statements offering an election on his future role.

“Muammar Gaddafi is Libya’s historical symbol, and he is above all political actions, above all political and tactical games,” government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said in a statement issued late on Sunday.

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