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Aug 31, 2011

Gaddafi loyalists hold out over holiday

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI (Reuters) – Loyal followers of Muammar Gaddafi are refusing to surrender to those who have forced him into hiding, raising the prospect of new fighting in Libya when an ultimatum expires after this week’s Eid holiday.

Keen to consolidate its grip and relief hardships after six months of war, the new ruling council won a $1.55 billion cash injection when the U.N. Sanctions Committee released banknotes frozen in Britain in accounts once controlled by Gaddafi. And Libya may start pumping oil again in days, its leadership said.

Aug 29, 2011

Gaddafi forces use “scare tactics” in Sirte: rebels

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte are urging people to fight or be killed by bloodthirsty attackers, complicating efforts to arrange a peaceful surrender of the city, opponents of the Libyan leader said on Monday.

Anti-Gaddafi forces are approaching Sirte, 450 km (280 miles) east of Tripoli by road, from east and west. They say they would rather not fight for the city but talks seem stalled.

Aug 28, 2011

Sirte will fall within 10 days: Libya rebels

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – It will take Libyan rebels no more than 10 days to take control of Sirte, Muammar Gaddafi’s home town and last major stronghold along the Mediterranean coast, a rebel commander told Reuters on Sunday.

Rebel troops have advanced to within 100 km (60 miles) of Sirte from the east and are also approaching from Misrata in the west, and will fight for Sirte if negotiations now under way on handing them control of the town fail, he said.

Aug 28, 2011

Libya’s oil towns struggle to get back to work

RAS LANUF, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s battered oil towns are struggling to get back to work after months of back-and-forth clashes between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi along the Mediterranean coast.

The rebels’ ruling council faces shortages of basic supplies including fuel in many areas as its soldiers battle die-hard remnants of Gaddafi’s forces.

Aug 28, 2011

Libyan rebels: need over 10 days to take Sirte

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – - It will take Libyan rebels more than 10 days to take control of Sirte, Muammar Gaddafi’s home town and one of his last major bastions of support along the Mediterranean coast, a rebel commander told Reuters on Sunday.

Rebel troops have advanced to within 100 km (60 miles) of Sirte from the east and are also approaching from Misrata to the west, and will fight for Sirte if negotiations now under way on handing them control of the town fail, he said.

Aug 25, 2011

Libyan rebels won’t reveal identities of Younes’s killers

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s rebel council knows who killed their top military commander but will not immediately identify them for fear the information will hurt the revolution, the council’s chairman said on Thursday.

Rebel military commander Abdel Fattah Younes, Gaddafi’s interior minister before defecting to the rebels on February 22, was killed on July 28 after he was taken into custody by his own side for questioning, sparking an investigation into his death.

Aug 25, 2011

Rebels say find massive Gaddafi food, medicine stocks

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Libyan rebel fighters
have discovered huge stockpiles of food and medicine hoarded by
Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Tripoli that will ease the country’s
shortages, the rebel council said on Thursday.

Rebels swept into the capital city earlier this week after a
six-month uprising which restricted supply routes and caused
dire shortages in parts of the country.

Aug 25, 2011

Clashes as Libyan rebels try to press Gaddafi stronghold

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels clashed with troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday as the rebels tried to put pressure on the last main bastion of Gaddafi’s forces along the Mediterranean coast, a rebel spokesman said.

Rebels are approaching Sirte, Gaddafi’s home town, from two sides and are hoping to negotiate the surrender of its defenders. But the rebels say Gaddafi’s hardcore loyalists in the town 450 km (280 miles) east of Tripoli have vowed to fight to the death.

Aug 25, 2011

Libyan comedian says harder to joke without Gaddafi

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – For 35 years Milood Amroni, Libya’s top comedian, used humor as a weapon to poke fun, ever so carefully, at the government of Muammar Gaddafi.

But an uprising wrested Amroni’s home, the eastern city of Benghazi, from Gaddafi’s rule months ago. While the revolution means Amroni is finally able to joke openly without fear of disappearing into prison, he says he’s had enough of political jokes and wants to move on.

Aug 24, 2011

Bounty placed on Gaddafi’s head, rebel council says

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – A $1.3 million bounty and an amnesty awaits anyone who hands over Muammar Gaddafi, alive or dead, Libya’s rebel council said on Wednesday.

Rebel fighters are hunting for the man who ran the oil-exporting North African country for 42 years after storming his Tripoli compound on Tuesday, but finding it mostly abandoned. Fighting persisted in parts of chaotic Tripoli on Wednesday.