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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.

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


(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.