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Aug 24, 2011

Rebels seek to avoid bloodbath in Gaddafi hometown

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels closed in on Muammar Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte on Wednesday, the last remaining bastion of government loyalists and where Gaddafi himself could be hiding, rebels said.

Gaddafi supporters in the town, about 450 km east of Tripoli, have been instructed to fight to the death and may not be aware the leader’s 42-year rule is crumbling, the rebels said.

Aug 23, 2011

Gaddafi son affair surmountable blow for rebels

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – The emergence of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, surrounded by cheering, gun-toting supporters, may strike a blow to the credibility of rebels who said they had captured him, but seems unlikely to sap support in the longer term.

Libya’s rebel council, led by former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said on Sunday that Saif and another Gaddafi son, Mohammad Gaddafi, had been detained after rebel fighters streamed into to the capital Tripoli largely unopposed.

Aug 22, 2011

Libyan rebel head urges fighters to respect law

BENGHAZI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – The head of Libya’s rebel
national council urged his fighters on Monday to respect the law
and not take violent revenge on members of Muammar Gaddafi’s
fallen regime, adding that indiscipline among rebels could even
lead him to resign.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional
Council, promised fair trials for Muammar Gaddafi and members of
his government and called for tolerance, forgiveness and the
protection of civilians and of public and private property.

Aug 20, 2011

Gaddafi’s days numbered, opposition must prepare: U.S.

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s days are numbered as rebel forces make steady gains on the battlefield, and opposition leaders must work together to prepare for power, a senior U.S. official said Saturday.

“It is clear that the situation is moving against Gaddafi,” U.S. assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman told a news conference after meeting Libyan rebel leaders at their headquarters in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi.

Aug 19, 2011

Rebel government struggles to tend to Libya wounded

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – A battle for the Libyan capital Tripoli could result in thousands of casualties, a rebel official told Reuters, saying the ill-equipped insurgent government was likely to need more medical assistance from abroad.

“If there’s huge fighting in Tripoli, casualties we would expect to go into the thousands and thousands, we would need even more support,” rebel health minister Naji Barakat said in an interview late on Thursday.

Aug 19, 2011

Evacuation of foreigners planned from Tripoli

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – An international body said on Friday it would mount an operation, probably by sea, to evacuate thousands of foreigners trapped in Tripoli by rebel advances that have put Muammar Gaddafi’s capital under siege.

The rebels, who have transformed the battlefield this week with victories taking them ever closer to the city, launched an assault east of the capital but were taking heavy casualties, a Reuters reporter at the front line said.

Aug 19, 2011

U.N. to evacuate foreigners from besieged Tripoli

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Friday it would mount an operation, probably by sea, to evacuate thousands of foreigners trapped in Tripoli by rebel advances that have put Muammar Gaddafi’s capital under siege.

The rebels, who have transformed the battlefield this week with victories taking them ever closer to the city, launched an assault east of the capital but were taking heavy casualties, a Reuters reporter at the front line said.

Aug 19, 2011

Libyan rebels may resume oil output in 3 weeks

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels could resume oil output at two large fields in the east of the country within 3 weeks in a bid to ease fuel shortages and potentially restore some supply to global markets, absent since war broke at the start of the year.

“Our fields are under maintenance and we’re still waiting for security,” Abdeljalil Mayouf, information manager at Libya’s Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO), which is operating the Sarir and Mesla fields, told Reuters.

Aug 18, 2011

Libya’s rebels face questions as transition looms

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Opponents of Muammar Gaddafi have managed to cobble together an alliance and, with plenty of NATO help, fight the Libyan leader’s forces to what increasingly looks like the verge of defeat.

Now the hard part might be about to begin: The rebels’ National Transitional Council (NTC) might soon have to step up and run the country, if Gaddafi is swept aside.

Aug 17, 2011

Rebels scorn talks with isolated Gaddafi

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Rebels fighting to topple Muammar Gaddafi scorned reports of secret talks with the Libyan leader on Tuesday as their forces fought to secure gains and the United States said Gaddafi’s days were numbered.

After 41 years of supreme power in his oil-rich desert state 69-year-old Gaddafi was isolated in the capital Tripoli, with reinvigorated rebel forces closing in from the West and South.