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Sep 28, 2011

Libya’s Gaddafi hiding near Algeria border: NTC official

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is believed to be hiding near the western town of Ghadamis near the Algerian border under the protection of Touareg tribesmen, a senior Libyan military official said.

“One tribe, the Touareg, is still supporting him and he is believed to be in the Ghadamis area in the south,” Hisham Buhagiar, a senior military official of the Libya’s new leadership, told Reuters by telephone late on Tuesday.

Sep 6, 2011

Special report: The secret plan to take Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime was delivered by a caterer, on a memory stick.

Abdel Majid Mlegta ran the companies that supplied meals to Libyan government departments including the interior ministry. The job was “easy,” he told Reuters last week. “I built good relations with officers. I wanted to serve my country.”

Sep 2, 2011

Gaddafi vows fight as world backs new leaders

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi urged his supporters from hiding to fight on as Libya’s new interim rulers met world leaders on Thursday to discuss reshaping a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of civil war.

“Let it be a long battle. We will fight from place to place, from town to town, from valley to valley, from mountain to mountain,” Gaddafi said in a message relayed by satellite TV on the anniversary of the coup that brought him to power in 1969.

Sep 1, 2011

Gaddafi vows to fight, Libya conference begins

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi, driven into hiding by his foes, on Thursday urged his supporters to fight on, even as Libya’s new interim rulers met world leaders to discuss reshaping a nation torn by 42 years of one-man rule and six months of war.

“Let there be a long fight and let Libya be engulfed in flames,” Gaddafi was quoted as saying in a message carried on Arabic news channels. “We will not give up. We are not women.”

Sep 1, 2011

Analysis: Libya’s new leaders divided, untested

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 skepticism 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.

Sep 1, 2011

Libya’s new leaders divided, untested

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.

Sep 1, 2011

Gaddafi said to be in desert town — Libyan military

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.

Sep 1, 2011

Gaddafi sons broadcast confusion as battle looms

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.

Aug 31, 2011

Gaddafi loyalists under fire as Libya celebrates

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
coming days.

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.

Aug 31, 2011

Informants and phone taps seen key in hunt for Gaddafi

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.