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Aug 25, 2011

Thirty Gaddafi fighters found dead at Tripoli camp

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – More than 30 men believed to be fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have been killed at a military encampment in central Tripoli and at least two were bound with plastic handcuffs, indicating they had been executed.

I counted 30 bodies riddled with bullets in an area of the Libyan capital where there had been fighting between Gaddafi forces and rebels.

Aug 25, 2011

Libya rebels battle to root out Gaddafi diehards

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebel forces began to purge Tripoli’s streets of diehard gunmen still loyal to fugitive Muammar Gaddafi Thursday in the final phase of the battle for the Libyan capital.

As a volley of shell fire broke the morning calm in Tripoli, rebels said they were confident they could mop up soldiers clinging to a leader now on the run and presumed to be in hiding in the country he ruled for four decades.

Aug 24, 2011

Witness: Joy, chaos, frenzy as rebels overrun Gaddafi compound

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Hundreds of triumphant Libyan rebels flooded into the last bastion of Muammar Gaddafi’s power on Tuesday, looting in his Tripoli compound for weapons and trophies, and shouting “Gaddafi is finished.”

Rebels in pickup trucks broke into the heavily fortified base — off limits to ordinary people throughout Gaddafi’s 42-year rule — through one of the main gates, shooting in the air in jubilation as they searched for the elusive leader.

Aug 24, 2011

Gaddafi flees HQ ransacked by rebels

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A beleaguered Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Wednesday to fight on to death or victory after rebels forced him to abandon his Tripoli stronghold in what appeared to be a decisive blow against the Libyan leader’s 42-year rule.

Gleeful rebels ransacked Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya bastion, seizing weapons and smashing symbols of a government whose demise will transform Libya and send a warning to other Arab autocrats facing popular uprisings.

Aug 24, 2011

Libyan rebels overrun Gaddafi HQ, say he’s “finished”

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels sacked Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli bastion, seizing weapons and smashing symbols of a 42-year dictatorship whose demise will transform modern Libya and send a warning to other Arab autocrats under popular pressure, especially in Syria.

As night fell Tuesday after a day in which rebels overran Tripoli, meeting little resistance with few casualties, heavy fighting was reported in a southern desert city, Sabha, that insurgents forecast would be Gaddafi loyalists’ last redoubt.

Aug 23, 2011

Joy, chaos, frenzy as rebels overrun Gaddafi compound

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Hundreds of triumphant Libyan rebels flooded into the last bastion of Muammar Gaddafi’s power Tuesday, looting in his Tripoli compound for weapons and trophies, and shouting “Gaddafi is finished.”

Rebels in pickup trucks broke into the heavily fortified base — off limits to ordinary people throughout Gaddafi’s 42-year rule — through one of the main gates, shooting in the air in jubilation as they searched for the elusive leader.

Aug 23, 2011

Gaddafi to “fight to end” as rebels seize HQ

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Triumphant rebels seized Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli on Tuesday after a fierce battle with a loyalist rearguard but there was no word on the fate of the Libyan leader who vowed again to fight “to the end.”

Reuters journalists watched rebel fighters stream through the sprawling Bab al-Aziziya headquarters compound, firing in the air in celebration after hours of heavy clashes. But it was unclear whether the “Brother Leader” or his sons were still somewhere in the complex’s maze of buildings and bunkers.

Aug 11, 2011

Foreigners stay calm and carry on in London riots

LONDON (Reuters) – “Bloody foreigners…” someone tweeted when word circulated that Turkish and Kurdish people were gathering on the streets of east London to defend their shops and cafes from looters.

“…They come to our country and protect our neighborhoods and communities.”

Jul 17, 2011

Heavy casualties reported in Libya fighting

FRONT LINE NEAR BIR GHANAM, Libya (Reuters) – Ten Libyan rebels were reported killed and 172 wounded in an attack on the eastern oil port of Brega on Saturday, while insurgents drove back forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in the west.

In the latest of a series of speeches apparently designed to show he enjoys support in the areas he controls, Gaddafi described the rebels as worthless traitors and rejected suggestions that he was about to leave the country.

Jul 16, 2011

Heavy clashes erupt in western Libya

BIR AYAD, Libya (Reuters) – Heavy clashes between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi broke out on Saturday on the front line in Libya’s Western Mountains at the town of Bir Ghanam, as insurgents seek to push toward Tripoli.

Sustained gunfire and volleys of artillery could be heard from the village of Bir Ayad, 15 km (9 miles) south of Bir Ghanam. Rebels at Bir Ghanam hold the high ground on the outskirts of the town, their closest position to the capital, Tripoli, about 80 km (48 miles) away.