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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.

Sep 28, 2011

Libya ready to probe possible other Lockerbie suspects

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s interim justice minister Mohammed al-Alagi said on Wednesday he was ready to work with Scottish authorities to probe the possible involvement of others in the Lockerbie bombing apart from the sole Libyan convicted for the attack.

His remark at news conference reversed a position he took only on Monday, when he said that as far as Libya was concerned the case of the bombing of the U.S.-bound airliner over the Scottish village of Lockerbie with the loss of 270 lives was closed.

Sep 28, 2011

Libya’s Gaddafi hiding near Algeria border – NTC official

LONDON/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is believed to be hiding near the western town of Ghadames near the Algerian border under the protection of Tuareg tribesmen, the Libyan official leading the hunt for the deposed leader said.

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

Sep 28, 2011

Exclusive: Libya’s Gaddafi hiding near Algeria border

LONDON/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is believed to be hiding near the western town of Ghadames near the Algerian border under the protection of Tuareg tribesmen, the Libyan official leading the hunt for the deposed leader said.

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

Sep 26, 2011

Tuareg tribes clash with new Libyan forces:sources

TRIPOLI/ALGIERS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Tuareg tribesmen
fought skirmishes at the weekend with armed groups affiliated to
Libya’s interim government, two sources with local contacts told
Reuters, a clash that highlighted the challenges Libya’s new
rulers face in winning over fractious tribes.

Tuaregs, nomads who roam the desert spanning the borders of
Libya and its neighbours, backed Libya’s deposed leader Muammar
Gaddafi and view with suspicion the National Transitional
Council (NTC) that is now in power.

Sep 26, 2011

Past UK-Gaddafi ties not seen affecting trade-envoy

TRIPOLI, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s past business and
security dealings with Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya are not expected
to affect bilateral trade following his ousting, the UK special
representative to the oil-producing country said on Monday.

Asked whether there was any residual awkwardness between
Britain and Libya’s new interim rulers over years of links
between Gaddafi officials and British officials and businessmen,
John Jenkins said that he did not know but he suspected Libya
would be “pragmatic”.

Sep 24, 2011

Rabbani death shuts Afghan “door of stability”: colleague

By William Maclean

(Reuters) – The killing of chief peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani has robbed Afghanistan of the only figure with the range of international contacts to end the conflict there, an influential Arab colleague said on Saturday.

“Whoever killed Burhanuddin Rabbani, the intention was to kill any opportunity for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” said Abdullah Anas, a former anti-Soviet fighter and Algerian Islamist activist who has worked behind the scenes in recent years to prepare contacts between warring Afghan factions.

Sep 23, 2011

Analysis: In Libya’s new politics, localism may trump tribes

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – “No To Tribalism,” declare the now tattered posters put up by rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, a defiant riposte to an Arab autocrat who magnified tribal cleavages with a policy of divide and rule.

But rebels also daubed walls with the place names “Misrata” “Zintan” and “Zawiya,” suggesting that loyalty to hometown will be a far more potent force than kinship in post-Gaddafi Libya.