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Apr 4, 2011

Gaddafi peace plan not “credible” but may buy time

LONDON (Reuters) – Peace proposals by Muammar Gaddafi insisting on a future political role for his family are almost certainly non-starters but may buy Libya’s leader the time he needs to drive a wedge in coalition ranks.

Gaddafi’s chances of stirring interest in an interim political settlement may improve if a military stalemate endures, making his hopes for his sons seem less unrealistic.

Apr 4, 2011

Analysis: Gaddafi peace plan not “credible” but may buy time

LONDON (Reuters) – Peace proposals by Muammar Gaddafi insisting on a future political role for his family are almost certainly non-starters but may buy Libya’s leader the time he needs to drive a wedge in coalition ranks.

Gaddafi’s chances of stirring interest in an interim political settlement may improve if a military stalemate endures, making his hopes for his sons seem less unrealistic.

Mar 31, 2011

Western help may test Libyan rebels’ credibility

LONDON (Reuters) – More Western military help may strengthen Libyan rebels on the battlefield but at the price of a propaganda boost for Muammar Gaddafi, quick to portray his foes as lackeys of the West.

Mindful of the importance of the information war in Libya’s conflict, opposition leaders desperate for foreign weapons will have to take care not to create an image of subservience to Western powers in the event their request is met, analysts say.

Mar 31, 2011

Analysis: Western help may test Libyan rebels’ credibility

LONDON (Reuters) – More Western military help may strengthen Libyan rebels on the battlefield but at the price of a propaganda boost for Muammar Gaddafi, quick to portray his foes as lackeys of the West.

Mindful of the importance of the information war in Libya’s conflict, opposition leaders desperate for foreign weapons will have to take care not to create an image of subservience to Western powers in the event their request is met, analysts say.

Mar 31, 2011

U.S. support order, defection could buoy Libya rebels

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. officials said President Barack Obama had authorized covert support for Libyan rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi, while Libya’s foreign minister defected, potentially tipping the scales toward the opposition.

In the past few days, Gaddafi’s troops have used superior arms and tactics to push back rebels trying to edge west along the coast from their stronghold in eastern Libya, but any U.S. support be a turning point in the battle over territory.

Mar 30, 2011

Libya’s foreign minister defects, arrives in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, one of Muammar Gaddafi’s closest advisers and a former spy chief, flew to Britain on Wednesday and a close friend said he defected because of attacks by Gaddafi forces on civilians.

The move was “a significant blow” to Gaddafi, a British government source told Reuters.

Mar 28, 2011

Global powers must offer Gaddafi exit route – analysts

LONDON (Reuters) – International powers should offer Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi an exit strategy when they meet in London on Tuesday, political commentators said.

Humanitarian aid for Libyans and plans to move to a post-Gaddafi future will be discussed when Britain hosts the conference to be attended by 35 nations.

Mar 24, 2011

Al Qaeda may spy opportunity in Libya violence

LONDON (Reuters) – If Libya’s war drags on, could al Qaeda find a haven there, as Muammar Gaddafi argues?

That’s unlikely, most experts say, provided Libya remains a functioning state and the West refrains from inflaming nationalist and Islamist opinion by sending in ground troops.

Mar 24, 2011

Analysis: Al Qaeda may spy opportunity in Libya violence

LONDON (Reuters) – If Libya’s war drags on, could al Qaeda find a haven there, as Muammar Gaddafi argues?

That’s unlikely, most experts say, provided Libya remains a functioning state and the West refrains from inflaming nationalist and Islamist opinion by sending in ground troops.

Mar 23, 2011

Propaganda will prove crucial in Libya war

LONDON (Reuters) – Propaganda may prove to be the most important battleground for Western forces seeking to protect Libyan civilians.

From Gaddafi’s point of view, the battle for hearts and minds may offer him his best hope of political survival.