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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.

Aug 21, 2011

Analysis: 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 toward the city, the veteran ruler is under unprecedented pressure days just days ahead of the September 1 anniversary of the 1969 coup that brought him to power.

Aug 16, 2011

Syrian offensive risks backfiring on Assad – analysts

LONDON/AMMAN (Reuters) – A surprisingly agile and fast-moving Ramadan offensive by the Syrian army has curbed the size of some street protests, but at the cost of stoking popular outrage and further testing President Bashar al-Assad’s strained authority.

Under a broadening assault, civilian demonstrations in several cities calling for Assad to quit have tended to grow smaller, but at the same time more numerous, scattering from main squares into alleyways and suburbs, as well as nearby towns hitherto unaffected by unrest, activists and analysts say.

Aug 16, 2011

Analysis: Syrian offensive risks backfiring on Assad

LONDON/AMMAN (Reuters) – A surprisingly agile and fast-moving Ramadan offensive by the Syrian army has curbed the size of some street protests, but at the cost of stoking popular outrage and further testing President Bashar al-Assad’s strained authority.

Under a broadening assault, civilian demonstrations in several cities calling for Assad to quit have tended to grow smaller, but at the same time more numerous, scattering from main squares into alleyways and suburbs, as well as nearby towns hitherto unaffected by unrest, activists and analysts say.

Aug 16, 2011

Analysis – Syrian offensive risks backfiring on Assad – analysts

LONDON/AMMAN (Reuters) – A surprisingly agile and fast-moving Ramadan offensive by the Syrian army has curbed the size of some street protests, but at the cost of stoking popular outrage and further testing President Bashar al-Assad’s strained authority.

Under a broadening assault, civilian demonstrations in several cities calling for Assad to quit have tended to grow smaller, but at the same time more numerous, scattering from main squares into alleyways and suburbs, as well as nearby towns hitherto unaffected by unrest, activists and analysts say.

Aug 5, 2011

Analysis – Seeking leverage, Libya foes in propaganda war

LONDON (Reuters) – Mired in a slow-moving ground war, Libya’s warring parties are turning to propaganda to try to splinter each other’s support base and gain leverage in talks on a political settlement.

Muammar Gaddafi is playing on fears among Libyans that Western-backed rebels will tip the country deeper into chaos. The opposition’s message is that only an end to Gaddafi’s 41-year-old rule can bring peace, stability and justice.

Aug 5, 2011

Analysis: Seeking leverage, Libya foes stoke propaganda war

LONDON (Reuters) – Mired in a slow-moving ground war, Libya’s warring parties are turning to propaganda to try to splinter each other’s support base and gain leverage in talks on a political settlement.

Muammar Gaddafi is playing on fears among Libyans that Western-based rebels will tip the country deeper into chaos. The opposition’s message is that only an end to Gaddafi’s 41-year-old rule can bring peace, stability and justice.