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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.

Aug 31, 2011

Abandoned Gaddafi homes reveal champagne lifestyle

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.

Aug 30, 2011

Gaddafi forces hang on in Sirte while he hides

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

Aug 30, 2011

Libya leader gives Gaddafi forces surrender deadline

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.

Aug 30, 2011

Libya rebels demand Algeria return Gaddafi family

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.

Aug 29, 2011

Joy and tears as Eid arrives in post-Gaddafi Libya

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.

Aug 29, 2011

Gaddafi family members flee to Algeria – without him

TRIPOLI, Aug 29 (Reuters) – The wife of Muammar Gaddafi and
other members of his family took refuge in Algeria on Monday but
the whereabouts of the fugitive former strongman himself
remained a mystery, a week after rebels drove him from power.

Algeria’s Foreign Ministry said Gaddafi’s wife Safia, his
daughter Aisha and his sons Hannibal and Mohammed had entered
Algeria on Monday morning.

Aug 29, 2011

Foes of Libya’s Gaddafi advance on his hometown

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan forces converged on Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte on Monday, hoping to seal their revolution by capturing the last bastions of a fallen but perhaps still dangerous strongman.

Gaddafi’s whereabouts have been unknown since Tripoli fell to his foes and his 42-year-old rule collapsed a week ago.

Aug 28, 2011

New Libyan leaders face harsh reality after the thrill has gone

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – As the euphoria subsides and the task of rebuilding Libya begins, the disparate rebel groups that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi are about to discover whether anything more unites them other than their hatred of the fallen dictator.

Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, where the army took over control after the ousting of Zein al-Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, Libyans are waking up to the reality of what they are left with — a country awash with guns, armed rebels ruling the streets and no viable state institutions, police force or army to hold the country together.