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Sep 21, 2011
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Claiming injustice, Libyan Islamists push their political role

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(A mosque damaged during heavy fighting earlier this year between Libyan rebel forces and Gaddafi loyalists is seen in the rebelled controlled city of Misrata August 4, 2011/Darren Whiteside)

Using organisational skills honed over decades in the opposition underground, Islamists are carving out a place in Libyan postwar politics more rapidly than other former dissidents preparing for a hoped-for future of pluralism.

Sep 21, 2011

Analysis:Claiming injustice, Libya Islamists push political role

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Using organizational skills honed over decades in the opposition underground, Islamists are carving out a place in Libyan postwar politics more rapidly than other former dissidents preparing for a hoped-for future of pluralism.

Islamist spokesmen have won prominence by complaining on Arab satellite television channels that veteran advocates of Islamic rule are largely shut out from the North African country’s interim administration and its official media.

Sep 21, 2011

Libya rulers claim capture of Gaddafi bastion

TRIPOLI/NORTH OF BANI WALID, Libya, Sept 21 (Reuters) -
Libya’s interim rulers said on Wednesday they had captured most
of one of Muammar Gaddafi’s last strongholds, a boost to an
administration struggling to assert full control over the
fractured country.

Sabha — deep in the Sahara desert — had been holding out
along with Bani Walid and Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte since the
fall of the capital Tripoli a month ago.

Sep 20, 2011

Libya won’t secure borders for “long time”: envoy

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya, a conduit to Europe for African migrants and a source of weapons for arms smugglers because of its war, will not be able to control all its borders for a long time due to the task’s complexity, a European Union envoy said on Tuesday.

Western nations have a host of security concerns about the large north African country, including the circulation of large numbers of weapons following an uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi, and the possibility the former strongman may slip out of the country and take refuge abroad.

Sep 19, 2011

Relishing liberty, Libyans protest at new rulers

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Clasping placards and standing in a neat line, a dozen men and women staged a protest against Libya’s new rulers on Monday in what they said could be Tripoli’s first public demonstration critical of the authorities who toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

In the kind of a move that would have could have earned them arrest or a beating in the Gaddafi era, the demonstrators assembled outside the city’s Corinthia hotel to demand the interim authorities, called the National Transitional Council (NTC), do more to help wounded Libyans currently being treated in Tunisian hospitals.

Sep 19, 2011

Libya’s fractious new rulers enjoy honeymoon

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Obstinate resistance by Muammar Gaddafi’s last strongholds is an embarrassment for Libya’s new rulers, and bickering that delayed the formation of a new interim government suggests potentially damaging internal political rifts are widening.

But for now Libya’s new political leaders have an indulgent audience, at least in Tripoli, the capital city that fell from Gaddafi’s grasp less than a month ago.

Sep 19, 2011

Analysis: Libya’s fractious new rulers enjoy honeymoon

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Obstinate resistance by Muammar Gaddafi’s last strongholds is an embarrassment for Libya’s new rulers, and bickering that delayed the formation of a new interim government suggests potentially damaging internal political rifts are widening.

But for now Libya’s new political leaders have an indulgent audience, at least in Tripoli, the capital city that fell from Gaddafi’s grasp less than a month ago.

Sep 18, 2011

Libya Islamist takes inclusive stance

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Tripoli’s military commander, an Islamist whose rise to prominence is being watched closely by the West, said on Sunday he wanted to build a democratic “civil state” in Libya in remarks that laid out an inclusive political vision after 42 years of despotism under Muammar Gaddafi.

In a Reuters interview, Abdel Hakim Belhadj added that he expected Gaddafi’s complete defeat very soon, and that Tripoli was stabilizing gradually in a process that would lead eventually to the return to the streets of a police service open to revolutionary fighters who sought to participate in it.

Sep 15, 2011

Book Talk: Historian unearths human story of Britain’s spies

LONDON (Reuters) – Writing authoritatively about a spy service is hard for an outsider but Britain’s is a particularly tough case.

Fact must be sifted from a big body of popular fiction, much by novelists with an intelligence background including James Bond author Ian Fleming and the current Hollywood version of John le Carre’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” starring Gary Oldman as spymaster George Smiley.

Sep 14, 2011

Senior U.S. diplomat holds talks in Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new interim leader met the most senior U.S. official to visit Tripoli since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, though details of Wednesday’s talks were not immediately available.

Reuters journalists saw Jeffrey Feltman, a key figure in U.S. Middle East policy, meet Mustafa Abdel Jalil at a public building in the capital. It was not clear when Feltman, who is Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department, had arrived in Libya.