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Oct 20, 2011

Analysis: Libya’s next tests: Big expectations, power plays

LONDON (Reuters) – Jockeying for power among Libya’s well-armed and fractious new leadership may intensify after the death of deposed autocrat Muammar Gaddafi, an anxious and, for many, joyous moment in a country hungry for stability and impatient to swap the bullet for the ballot box.

The interim government will be determined to ensure that lingering pro-Gaddafi forces are prevented from launching any rearguard guerrilla insurgency from the countryside that could destabilize the north African OPEC member and its oil industry.

Oct 5, 2011

On the run, Gaddafi leaves few footprints

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Dressed in rags and holding a cellphone, Muammar Gaddafi sits in the shade of an oasis palm in the southern Libyan desert. He gazes wistfully at signs that say “Niger 450 km”, “Burkina Faso 2,700 km”, “Algiers, 650 km”.

The cartoon, displayed on an easel in the lobby of Tripoli’s Mahari hotel, raises a smile from patrons checking their AK-47 assault rifles and machine pistols in the wooden gun rack behind the security desk.

Oct 5, 2011

Insight: On the run, Gaddafi leaves few footprints

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Dressed in rags and holding a cellphone, Muammar Gaddafi sits in the shade of an oasis palm in the southern Libyan desert. He gazes wistfully at signs that say “Niger 450 km,” “Burkina Faso 2,700 km,” “Algiers, 650 km.”

The cartoon, displayed on an easel in the lobby of Tripoli’s Mahari hotel, raises a smile from patrons checking their AK-47 assault rifles and machine pistols in the wooden gun rack behind the security desk.

Oct 3, 2011

Analysis: In Tripoli political limbo, militias grow assertive

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rigged with belt-fed machineguns and spray-painted with the names of provincial towns, the militia trucks that roam Tripoli are a daily reminder to its residents of how militarized their new political landscape has become.

In a country eager to swap the gun for the ballot box, the assertive presence of armed groups in the capital is seen by many as an unwelcome attempt to occupy the political vacuum created by the fall of Muammar Gaddafi six weeks ago.

Oct 2, 2011

Tripoli gets new militia, apparent rebuff to Islamists

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Libyan revolutionary officer announced the creation Sunday of an armed group to keep order in Tripoli, a mission analysts say may overlap uneasily with an existing Military Council with the same job which is led by a prominent Islamist.

Announcing the Tripoli Revolutionists Council at a news conference in the capital, Abdullah Ahmed Naker said his force had 22,000 armed men at its disposal, drawn from what he said were 73 factions which had agreed to pool resources.

Sep 30, 2011

Qaeda woes deepen with loss of top propagandist

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki robs al Qaeda of a Web-savvy propagandist who inspired lone militants in the United States and Britain to acts of violence, helping the Pakistan-based core leadership project an image of menace even as it scattered under U.S. drone attacks.

But the death of the American of Yemeni ancestry may not hurt the group’s activities in the oil-rich Gulf, home to its most ambitious branch, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is trying, with uneven success, to exploit Yemen’s accelerating descent into conflict.

Sep 30, 2011

Analysis: Al-Qaeda woes deepen with loss of top propagandist

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki robs al Qaeda of a Web-savvy propagandist who inspired lone militants in the United States and Britain to acts of violence, helping the Pakistan-based core leadership project an image of menace even as it scattered under U.S. drone attacks.

But the death of the American of Yemeni ancestry may not hurt the group’s activities in the oil-rich Gulf, home to its most ambitious branch, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is trying, with uneven success, to exploit Yemen’s accelerating descent into conflict.

Sep 30, 2011

McCain: Libya inspires people in China, Russia, Iran, Syria

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John McCain said on Thursday the fall of Muammar Gaddafi was inspiring people all over world, including citizens of Syria, Iran, China and Russia, but he twinned his praise with caution about Libya’s many revolutionary armed groups, saying they had to be brought under control.

Leading the first visit to Tripoli by members of the U.S. Congress since Gaddafi’s fall last month, McCain added at a media conference that U.S. investors were eager to do business in the oil-exporting country but this would be difficult as long as fighting continued.

Sep 29, 2011

Civilians flee Sirte battle, fighting hampers aid: U.N.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Desperate civilians are fleeing the besieged Libyan coastal city of Sirte where the battle to dislodge fighters loyal to ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi has caused heavy casualties, U.N. and other sources said.

Interim government forces on Thursday recaptured the airport in Sirte, where Gaddafi loyalists have been using sniper, rocket and artillery fire to fight off full-scale assaults and retain one of their last two main bastions.

Sep 29, 2011

McCain: Libya inspires people in China, Russia, Iran,

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John McCain said on Thursday the fall of Muammar Gaddafi Libya was inspiring people all over world, including citizens of Syria, Iran, China and Russia, but he twinned his praise with a word of caution about Libya’s many revolutionary armed groups, saying they had to be brought under control.

Leading the first visit to Tripoli by members of the U.S. Congress since Gaddafi’s fall last month, McCain added at a media conference that U.S. investors were eager to do business in the oil-exporting OPEC member country but this would be difficult as long as fighting continued.