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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.

Mar 23, 2011

Analysis: 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.

Mar 21, 2011

Analysis: Gaddafi amour may seek urban shelter, prolonging war

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Allied forces face a long, diplomatically divisive grind in Libya if Muammar Gaddafi holds on to his heavy amour, a goal he may achieve by siting his best weaponry in civilian areas to deter air attack.

To prepare for that eventuality, Western powers will now want to train and equip the opposition’s lackluster ground forces to enable them eventually to confront his tanks and big guns largely on their own, analysts say.

Mar 20, 2011

Analysis: Gaddafi bets on long war, seeks outside sympathy

LONDON (Reuters) – Portraying his assailants as colonial bullies, Muammar Gaddafi is gambling that a long war would allow him to play the role of victim and erode Western resolve, enabling him to negotiate some form of continued rule.

For now, that looks like a very long shot, analysts say.

World powers who began a U.N.-backed military campaign overnight are acutely aware of the human cost of Gaddafi’s determined crackdown against a six-week-old popular uprising.

Mar 20, 2011

Gaddafi bets on long war, seeks outside sympathy

LONDON (Reuters) – Portraying his assailants as colonial bullies, Muammar Gaddafi is gambling that a long war would allow him to play the role of victim and erode Western resolve, enabling him to negotiate some form of continued rule.

For now, that looks like a very long shot, analysts say.

World powers who began a U.N.-backed military campaign overnight are acutely aware of the human cost of Gaddafi’s determined crackdown against a six-week-old popular uprising.

Mar 20, 2011

Analysis – Allied attack tests loyalty of Gaddafi insiders

LONDON (Reuters) – Fight to the end for Muammar Gaddafi? Or defect and save your skin?

The second question may not occur to most in Gaddafi’s inner circle, committed to Libya’s longtime leader by blood ties, ideology, business interest or complicity in repression, analysts say.