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.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan forces closed in on Muammar Gaddafi’s home town Sunday, vowing to seize it by force if negotiations failed, and their leaders ruled out any talks with the deposed ruler, other than on the terms of his surrender.
Gaddafi’s foes were advancing on his birthplace of Sirte, which straddles the east-west coastal road, but one commander said “liberating” the city could take over 10 days.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A week after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, residents of Tripoli ventured out to begin the grim work of burying the dead in mass graves on Saturday, as evidence emerged of widespread summary killings during the battle for the Libyan capital.
The stench of decomposing bodies and burning garbage hung over the city as it faced a potential humanitarian catastrophe due to collapsing water and power supplies, shortages of medicine and no effective government.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Tripoli struggled with collapsing water and power supplies on Saturday as rebels now in control of most of the Libyan capital battled for towns still held by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.
Sporadic bursts of gunfire echoed around Tripoli, but the street fighting of recent days, much of it in the traditionally pro-Gaddafi Abu Salim neighbourhood, seemed to have died away.
TRIPOLI, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said they were
closing in on fugitive strongman Muammar Gaddafi and would merge
their disparate fighters in the capital under one command to
There was no sign of a swift end to the war, which they have
said will only end when Gaddafi is captured dead or alive, but
the rebels claimed victory in Ras Jdir, raising their flag at
the border post with Tunisia after clashes with loyalists.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels claimed to be close to capturing Muammar Gaddafi on Friday as their NATO backers bombed diehard loyalists in his tribal bastion, but there was no sign of an end to the war, or to international wrangling over Libya’s riches.
Leaders of the National Transitional Council, which has Western support, pressed foreign governments to release Libyan funds frozen abroad, warning of its urgent need to impose order and provide services to a population traumatized by six months of conflict and 42 years of eccentric, personal rule.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The people of Tripoli ventured out to mosques on Friday, praying for peace and offering thanks for the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, though the Libyan capital remained locked down and dangerous as rebel fighters hunted the fugitive strongman.
Libya’s new leaders pressed foreign powers for cash to build an army and police force, as well as hospitals, schools and the means to exploit their oil wealth. But as Muslims prepared for the great festival of Eid, many Libyans and their backers in the West saw the first priority as capturing or killing Gaddafi.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – From Benghazi to Tripoli the message sprayed across the walls is the same: “Every tyrant has his end.”
Yet Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s end was as unpredictable as his flamboyant character.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – The implosion of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s 41-year-old rule will put a new spring in the step of the Arab revolutions and demonstrate once again that these entrenched autocratic governments are not invincible.
From the Atlantic coast to Gulf shores, live images on Arab satellite channels of rebels pouring into Tripoli, trampling on pictures of Gaddafi and chanting “From alley to alley, door to door,” taunting the leader with his own threats to hunt down his enemies, will rattle Arab leaders facing similar revolts.
The popular upheaval in Syria is growing bolder and the cracks in the establishment are getting deeper — yet there is a long and bloody road ahead if protesters are to unseat President Bashar al-Assad and end his family’s 40 years in power. The price of stalemate is rising daily: sectarian mayhem, a growing protest movement and a faltering economy, with no sign that Bashar and his minority Alawite clan are considering an exit strategy after four decades in power.
Yet so far, there is no sign of a tipping point that would assure success for protesters, as in Tunisia and Egypt, where millions took to the streets to topple autocratic leaders. But sectarian killings in the city of Homs last month may be a foretaste for a country with an ethnic and religious mix and a long history of repression by the Alawite-led security forces.