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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.

Mar 20, 2011

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.

Mar 18, 2011

Finally outgunned, survivor Gaddafi plays for time

LONDON (Reuters) – Finally confronted by a far stronger adversary, Muammar Gaddafi’s pragmatic instincts will be to stall, secure a truce and negotiate continued control of a rump regime based in Libya’s west.

His life as well as his rule at stake, the veteran autocrat will also tighten security control over his entourage to avert any repetition of the numerous coup attempts that have marked his 41 years in power, analysts say.

Mar 18, 2011

Analysis: Finally outgunned, survivor Gaddafi plays for time

LONDON (Reuters) – Finally confronted by a far stronger adversary, Muammar Gaddafi’s pragmatic instincts will be to stall, secure a truce and negotiate continued control of a rump regime based in Libya’s west.

His life as well as his rule at stake, the veteran autocrat will also tighten security control over his entourage to avert any repetition of the numerous coup attempts that have marked his 41 years in power, analysts say.

Mar 17, 2011

Analysis: Outside aid for Libya rebels hinges on aims, will

LONDON (Reuters) – Even at this late hour the outside world could do much to prevent more bloodshed in Libya provided it agrees precise aims and forges a collective will.

With Muammar Gaddafi’s tanks and heavy guns advancing on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, the opposition is urging the West to act now to rescue the Arab world’s most violently resisted pro-democracy revolt.

Mar 17, 2011

Outside aid for Libya rebels hinges on aims, will

LONDON (Reuters) – Even at this late hour the outside world could do much to prevent more bloodshed in Libya provided it agrees precise aims and forges a collective will.

With Muammar Gaddafi’s tanks and heavy guns advancing on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, the opposition is urging the West to act now to rescue the Arab world’s most violently resisted pro-democracy revolt.