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May 2, 2011

After 10 years, what helped give Osama bin Laden away?

LONDON (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden’s decade on the run after 9/11 may have come to its end in part because his large hideout reportedly lacked a phone and Internet connection — an unusual absence likely to have drawn investigators’ curiosity.

For a decade, his presumed choice of Pakistan as a hideout from history’s biggest manhunt worked well enough. Experts speculated that he had sought protection from local militants in their remote mountain bastions, repaying the hospitality by helping their bloody effort to make Pakistan ungovernable.

May 2, 2011

Analysis: bin Laden leaves a scattered, diffuse al Qaeda

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – The killing of Osama bin Laden will deal a big psychological blow to al Qaeda but may have little practical impact on an increasingly decentralized group that has operated tactically without him for years.

Nearly a decade after the September 11, 2001 attacks, al Qaeda has fragmented into a globally-scattered network of autonomous groups in which bin Laden served as an inspirational figure from the core group’s traditional Pakistan-Afghanistan base.

Apr 15, 2011

Western powers dig in for long war in Libya

LONDON (Reuters) – Western powers spearheading air strikes against Libya have vowed to oust Muammar Gaddafi come what may, but it is far from clear the wider coalition can stomach a long war or even that his rule is under mortal threat.

A joint article by leaders of the United States, France and Britain on Friday said they would strike loyalist forces until Gaddafi quits, lending support to a widely held view that the time for peace talks is not yet and more bloodshed lies ahead.

Apr 15, 2011

Analysis: Western powers dig in for long war in Libya

LONDON (Reuters) – Western powers spearheading air strikes against Libya have vowed to oust Muammar Gaddafi come what may, but it is far from clear the wider coalition can stomach a long war or even that his rule is under mortal threat.

A joint article by leaders of the United States, France and Britain on Friday said they would strike loyalist forces until Gaddafi quits, lending support to a widely held view that the time for peace talks is not yet and more bloodshed lies ahead.

Apr 6, 2011

Analysis: Libya spy questioning poses dilemma for coalition

LONDON (Reuters) – Plans to question Moussa Koussa in Britain over past crimes by Libyan agents have dimmed Western hopes that Muammar Gaddafi’s rule might implode after the defection of his former spy chief.

With the rebels in military disarray, some in the West have lost faith in their power to topple Gaddafi on the battlefield.

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.