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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.

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.