William's Feed
Sep 11, 2011

Civilians in peril in battle for Gaddafi stronghold

TRIPOLI/OUTSIDE BANI WALID, Libya (Reuters) – - Libya’s new rulers said on Sunday their fighters were holding back an assault on one of the last bastions loyal to Muammar Gaddafi after fighting their way into the town and finding civilians in peril.

The fighters, who are still trying to exert their control over the entire country nearly three weeks after storming into the capital, revealed in Tripoli that they had arrested the head of the ousted leader’s external spy service.

Sep 10, 2011

Libya interim government chief in Tripoli for first time

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s provisional government chief, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, arrived in the capital Tripoli on Saturday for the first time since his allies chased Muammar Gaddafi out of the city, the provisional government said.

Abdel Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC), has been running the provisional administration from the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of the revolt that overthrew Gaddafi in late August.

Sep 10, 2011

Libya interim govt chief in Tripoli for first time

TRIPOLI, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Libya’s provisional government
chief, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, arrived in the capital Tripoli on
Saturday for the first time since his allies chased Muammar
Gaddafi out of the city, the provisional government said.

Abdel Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council
(NTC), has been running the provisional administration from the
eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of the revolt that overthrew
Gaddafi in late August.

Sep 7, 2011

Analysis: Desertions show unease growing in Syrian army

LONDON (Reuters) – A flurry of desertions from Syria’s military shows unease among the rank-and-file over its repression of unrest but the army’s overall clout seems unaffected, allowing President Bashar al-Assad to go on using force to prop up his weakened authority.

Further violence would worsen communal strains in the army, a pivotal power base for Assad, who is from the minority Alawite sect, while more desertions would raise opposition morale as he steps up efforts to crush protests now in their sixth month.

Sep 5, 2011

Analysis – Islamist videos, populists stir German worries

HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) – German-language Islamist propaganda is fuelling militancy among a small number of socially-alienated Muslim youths in Germany, say security experts, who worry that Europe’s biggest economy may be a growing target for attacks.

The spread of an ultra-conservative brand of Islam and the emergence of populist preachers who oppose the integration of minority Muslims into wider society are compounding the impact of the online videos and discussion forums, they say.

Sep 2, 2011

Hamburg Islamists disperse, police keep watch

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Islamist radicals who once attended a Hamburg mosque linked to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks have moved on to other mosques since last year when German police closed it due to renewed security concerns, a German intelligence official said.

About 20 former worshippers at the Taiba mosque, where the 9/11 leader Mohammad Atta once prayed, have now regrouped at the al-Taqwa mosque in the southern district of Harburg, said Manfred Murck, head of the Hamburg branch of Germany’s domestic intelligence service.

Aug 27, 2011

Analysis: Death of deputy chief deals heavy blow to al Qaeda

LONDON (Reuters) – The killing of al Qaeda’s number two leader deprives the group of a multi-talented manager who helped it spawn offshoots around the world and survive a U.S. counter-terrorism campaign in Pakistan, security analysts say.

U.S. officials said on Saturday that Atiyah abd al-Rahman, a Libyan, was killed earlier this week in Pakistan. One official said he was killed in a strike by an unmanned drone on August 22.

Aug 27, 2011

Death of deputy chief deals heavy blow to al Qaeda

LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The killing of al Qaeda’s number
two leader deprives the group of a multi-talented manager who
helped it spawn offshoots around the world and survive a U.S.
counter-terrorism campaign in Pakistan, security analysts say.

U.S. officials said on Saturday that Atiyah abd al-Rahman, a
Libyan, was killed earlier this week in Pakistan. One official
said he was killed in a strike by an unmanned drone on Aug.
22.

Aug 26, 2011

Senior Islamist rebel is veteran Gaddafi foe

LONDON (Reuters) – A senior Islamist rebel reported to have helped depose Muammar Gaddafi is a skilled guerrilla leader and veteran dissident who led a failed revolt in Libya in the 1990s and once spent time with al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan, security experts say.

Abdel Hakim Belhadj, reported by Arab media to have been prominent in the assault on Tripoli, helps lead an Islamist group that has fought in close cooperation with the main rebel National Transitional Council (NTC), analysts say.

Aug 25, 2011

Speed critical in hunt for Gaddafi

LONDON (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s pursuers must act fast to stop the trail going cold or risk prolonging Libya’s war by months, if not years, analysts say.

Hunting anyone in a sparsely-populated desert country three times the size of France is a daunting task, let alone a well-connected former head of state with access to gold and guns.