TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new rulers have been united by little more than wanting to get rid of Muammar Gaddafi and so, as they met world leaders on Thursday following his sudden downfall, the spotlight is now falling on their own divisions.
In the confusion of their swift final seizure of power, mutual suspicions are growing within the ramshackle rebel coalition, and scepticism is deepening among the Libyan people whom they must now lead. The victors of the revolution are struggling to pull together the threads of national unity.
TRIPOLI, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is in a desert
town outside Tripoli planning a fightback, a Libyan military
chief said on Thursday, as Libya’s interim rulers conferred with
world powers on reshaping a nation torn by 42 years of one-man
rule and six months of war.
Abdel Majid Mlegta, coordinator of the Tripoli military
operations room, told Reuters “someone we trust” had said
Gaddafi fled to Bani Walid, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of the
capital, with his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief
Abdullah al-Senoussi three days after Tripoli fell last week.
TRIPOLI/TAWARGA, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s sons clashed on the airwaves Wednesday, with one offering peace and another promising a ‘war of attrition’ as a final battle for control of Libya’s coast loomed.
The conflicting messages were the latest evidence that the fallen leader was losing his grip on what remains of his entourage after a six-month uprising left his 42-year rule of the North African nation in tatters.
TRIPOLI/TAWARGA, Libya, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Libyan forces
backed by NATO bombers struck at loyalist troops dug in around
Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown on Wednesday, as refugees streamed
out of the besieged bastion fearing a bloody showdown in the
As people in Tripoli and other cities marked the end of the
Muslim fasting month of Ramadan with special savour following
the end of 42 years of one-man rule, anti-Gaddafi fighters at
the front around the coastal city of Sirte kept up pressure on
its defenders, whom they have given till Saturday to surrender.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new military commanders are using informants from among Muammar Gaddafi’s entourage to track down the fugitive former leader, while tightening the noose around his last strongholds to force them to surrender.
Hisham Buhagiar, a senior official in the military body behind Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council, is coordinating efforts to hunt Gaddafi, chased out of his Tripoli compound after a six-month uprising.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The gold-plated cutlery and crystal champagne glasses, the Versace and Armani suits and rows of unworn designer shoes, are all that remain at the luxurious seaside compounds of the children of Muammar Gaddafi.
The fancy beach villas are testimony to the fact that the Gaddafis not only ruled Libya, they owned it, and treated its oil wealth as their personal patrimony.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Forces loyal to deposed
ruler Muammar Gaddafi held out in a few Libyan towns on Tuesday
even though their leader has gone to ground and most of his
family has fled the country.
As anti-Gaddadfi fighters converged on his birthplace Sirte
from east and west, Libya’s interim council gave the loyalists
holed up there a four-day deadline to surrender or face a bloody
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s interim leader on Tuesday gave forces loyal to deposed ruler Muammar Gaddafi a four-day deadline to surrender towns still under their control or face military force.
As the hunt for Gaddafi himself goes on, Libyan officials accused neighbouring Algeria of an act of aggression for admitting his fleeing wife and three of his children.
TRIPOLI, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Libya’s rebels accused
neighbouring Algeria of an act of aggression for admitting the
fleeing wife of Muammar Gaddafi and three of his children, but
the whereabouts of the former strongman himself remain a mystery
a week after his overthrow.
Algeria’s Foreign Ministry said Gaddafi’s wife Safia, his
daughter Aisha and his sons Hannibal and Mohammed had entered
Algeria on Monday morning.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The first Eid al-Fitr, the great feast that closes the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, to be celebrated by Libyans after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi is marked by a shortage of everything from water to money.
Yet nothing seems able to spoil the celebration of freedom — what the people of Tripoli are calling the Eid of Victory.