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Jun 18, 2011

Ambivalence in “pro-Gaddafi” district of Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan officials describe the Abu Salim district in the Libyan capital Tripoli as fervently pro-Gaddafi, but some residents seem more ambivalent about the man who has ruled their North African country for four decades.

“Some people like (Muammar) Gaddafi, some do not,” a man who gave his name as Ibrahim told Reuters in Abu Salim on Saturday. “Me? I don’t care. I just want to be left alone.”

Jun 18, 2011

Libyan rebels battle to try to close in on Gaddafi

TRIPOLI/DAFNIYAH, Libya, June 18 (Reuters) – Fighting
between forces loyal to Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and rebels
trying to close in on his territory killed at least eight rebels
near the northwestern city of Nalut, an insurgent source said.

The gun battles in the village of Takut, just outside Nalut,
on Saturday followed exchanges of heavy artillery fire near the
city of Zlitan as the insurgents tried to take government-held
territory east of the capital Tripoli.

Jun 17, 2011

Rebels eye Tripoli push, Gaddafi son offers election

DAFNIYAH/TRIPOLI, June 17 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels looked
to push deeper into government-held territory east of the
capital on Friday after dismissing an offer from a son of
Muammar Gaddafi to hold elections.

Saif al-Islam told an Italian newspaper on Thursday the
elections could be held within three months and his father would
step aside if he lost, but that proposal was swiftly rejected by
the rebel leadership and the United States.

Jun 16, 2011

Rebels dismiss election offer, NATO pounds Tripoli

TRIPOLI, June 17 (Reuters) – NATO planes resumed
bombardments of Tripoli after Muammar Gaddafi’s son said the
Libyan leader was willing to hold elections and step aside if he
lost, an offer rejected by rebels and the United States.

Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam told an Italian newspaper that
the elections could be held within three months and
transparency could be guaranteed through international
observers.

Jun 16, 2011

Gaddafi’s son holds out offer of elections

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi is willing to hold elections and step aside if he lost, his son said on Thursday, an offer unlikely to placate his opponents but which could test the unity of the Western alliance trying to force him out.

The proposal — which follows a string of concessions offered by the Libyan leader that Western powers have dismissed as ploys — comes at a time when frustration is mounting in some NATO states at the progress of the military campaign.

Jun 15, 2011

Libyan rebels take new villges in Western Mountains

GHARYAN, Libya, June 16 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels have
pushed deeper into government-held territory from their base in
the Western Mountains, taking two villages from which forces
loyal to Muammar Gaddafi had been shelling rebel-held towns.

But the rebels are still a considerable way from Gaddafi’s
main stronghold in Tripoli, while their fellow fighters on the
other two fronts — in Misrata and in eastern Libya — have made
only halting progress against better-armed government troops.

Jun 15, 2011

Libyan rebels take new ground in Western Mountains

GHARYAN, Libya, June 15 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels pushed
deeper into government-held territory south of the capital on
Wednesday, but their advance came as strains began to emerge in
the Western alliance trying to topple Muammar Gaddafi.

Fighters in the Western Mountains, a rebel stronghold about
150 km (90 miles) south-west of Tripoli, built on gains made in
the past few days by taking two villages from which pro-Gaddafi
forces had for months been shelling rebel-held towns.

Jun 15, 2011

Tension beneath the calm in gateway town to Tripoli

GHARYAN, Libya (Reuters) – Despite an outward appearance of normality there is an undercurrent of tension in this town, gateway to Tripoli from Libya’s Western Mountains where rebels are advancing toward Muammar Gaddafi’s capital.

On numerous walls around town on Wednesday graffiti had been recently painted over. The windows of one government building were smashed, the sign for another was riddled with holes.

Jun 15, 2011

NATO strikes Tripoli, Libyan rebels make gains

TRIPOLI/KIKLA, Libya (Reuters) – NATO warplanes attacked Tripoli on Tuesday night after Libyan rebels pushed back forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi on three fronts, bringing them closer to the capital.

The strikes followed a lull in NATO bombing of Tripoli on Tuesday, but in the evening loud blasts rocked the city with plumes of smoke filling the sky to the east and aircraft flying overhead.

Jun 13, 2011

Battle for Libya oil town, fighting near Tripoli

BENGHAZI/ZAWIYAH, Libya, June 13 (Reuters) – Rebels fighting
against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi say they were repulsed by
his forces in a battle to retake the eastern oil town of Brega,
suffering at least four dead.

In the west, rebels said they were fighting Gaddafi’s forces
for a second day in the town of Zawiyah on Sunday, bringing the
revolt against his rule closer to the capital.

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      "Nick Carey is a Chicago-based, British-born journalist who has covered everything from the near-collapse of the Big Three automakers to the U.S. housing crisis. Nick is currently on general assignment, reporting on the human impact of the recession. He previously spent ten years working in central and eastern Europe."
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