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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.

Aug 25, 2011

Analysis: 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.

Aug 24, 2011

Analysis: Lingering Gaddafi networks pose threat

LONDON (Reuters) – Resurgent violence in Tripoli shows Muammar Gaddafi’s threat of a counter-revolutionary “volcano” in Libya is far from idle, with die-hard fighters, secret arms stashes and possibly tribal solidarity favoring his bid to cripple a rebel takeover.

For Gaddafi, staying alive and evading capture are the supreme immediate imperatives, for his sons are believed to lack the political clout to rally significant numbers of Libyans against rebel rule in the event of his death.

Aug 23, 2011

Intimidated no more, Libyans end Gaddafi’s rule

LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Planted joyously atop a
gold-coloured bust of Muammar Gaddafi, a succession of dusty
rebel boots on Tuesday symbolised not only the capture of his
Tripoli headquarters but also the humiliating collapse of his
power in Libya.

With the fall of his Bab al-Aziziyah military compound
televised around the world, the spell of his authority at home
and his influence abroad — especially in Africa — will have
been definitively fractured.

Aug 23, 2011

Tripoli compound is centre of Gaddafi power

LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – The fortified Tripoli compound
attacked by Libyan rebels on Tuesday is the seat of Muammar
Gaddafi’s political power and the principal base of loyalist
fighters trying to rescue his 42-year-old rule.

Analysts say Gaddafi loyalist fighters confronted with an
influx of rebels since the weekend have sought to use his Bab
al-Azizyah bastion as a springboard from which to carve out a
loyalist zone and chip away at rebel control of adjoining
neighbourhoods.

Aug 22, 2011

Analysis: Victory hands new set of problems to Libya rebels

LONDON (Reuters) – Even as they battle Muammar Gaddafi’s last strongholds in Tripoli, Libyan rebel leaders must race to impose order and prevent bloody score-settling as the capital shakes off 42 years of despotism, analysts and Western officials say.

It is not clear if they can achieve this, but the implosion of Muammar Gaddafi’s authority in the capital — so far without a bloodbath — suggests its two million inhabitants are focused more on reconciliation than revenge.

Aug 22, 2011

Victory hands new set of problems to Libya rebels

LONDON (Reuters) – Even as they battle Muammar Gaddafi’s last strongholds in Tripoli, Libyan rebel leaders must race to impose order and prevent bloody score-settling as the capital shakes off 42 years of despotism, analysts and Western officials say.

It is not clear if they can achieve this, but the implosion of Muammar Gaddafi’s authority in the capital — so far without a bloodbath — suggests its two million inhabitants are focused more on reconciliation than revenge.

Aug 21, 2011

If Libyan rebels win, can they rule?

LONDON (Reuters) – Now Tripoli has risen, the main uncertainty is not whether Muammar Gaddafi’s rule will survive, but whether the rebels can prevent Libya descending into chaos after he has gone.

There is no doubt Gaddafi’s end is closer. With small groups of rebels fighting inside the capital and bigger rebel units battling their way towards the city, the veteran ruler is under unprecedented pressure days just days ahead of the Sept. 1 anniversary of the 1969 coup that brought him to power.