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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.

Sep 23, 2011

Libya NTC faces credibility test at Gaddafi strongholds

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new government said it had tightened its grip on oasis towns which sided with Muammar Gaddafi, but faced a tough fight to take two remaining strongholds loyal to the ousted leader and bolster its credibility.

Forces of the National Transitional Council (NTC) said they controlled a string of desert towns in Libya’s deep south, although they said Gaddafi loyalists were still holding out in pockets of at least one oasis.

Sep 22, 2011

Gaddafi’s ex-premier jailed after fleeing Libya

TRIPOLI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Libya’s neighbour Tunisia
jailed Muammar Gaddafi’s former prime minister on Thursday, and
Libya’s new rulers said they were tightening their grip on the
desert towns where Gaddafi himself may be hiding.

In the highest profile detention of a Gaddafi associate to
date, a Tunisian court sentenced ex-prime minister Al Baghdadi
Ali al-Mahmoudi to six months in jail on charges of illegally
entering the country on Wednesday evening.

Sep 22, 2011

Libya rulers say they seize Gaddafi desert outposts

TRIPOLI/NORTH OF BANI WALID, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s interim rulers said they had captured one of Muammar Gaddafi’s last strongholds deep in the Sahara desert, finding chemical weapons, and largely taken control of another.

In another boost, the National Transitional Council (NTC) had an unexpected windfall when it found $23 billion worth of assets left unspent by Gaddafi in Libya’s central bank, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing officials in London and Tripoli.