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Libya is free if we believe it’s free

By Khalid Al-Badawi, Muhammad Al-Taip and Mohannad Awn TRIPOLI: As natives of Tripoli in our mid-twenties, we are part of the second generation of Libyans to have known no other authority than Moammar Qaddafi’s. When the Qaddafi regime collapsed, the world saw rebels fighting for control of the streets — while we felt chaos in our …


NATO’s Libyan lessons

By John Podesta and Ken Gude WASHINGTON, DC: NATO’s intervention in Libya one year ago helped to avert a humanitarian catastrophe and created the conditions for Libya’s citizens to end Colonel Moammar el-Qaddafi’s dictatorship. The military operation highlighted important improvements in European leadership since the Bosnian debacle in the 1990’s, but the conditions underlying the Libya …


Libyan rebels try to regroup after setback

RAS LANOUF: Libyan rebels said Monday they will regroup and bring in heavy weapons after forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi pounded opposition fighters with helicopter gunships, artillery and rockets to stop the rebels’ rapid advance toward the capital. An airstrike hit Ras Lanouf, a key oil port held by the rebels, on Monday but there …


Pro-Gadhafi forces try to retake strategic city

By Maggie Michael/ AP TRIPOLI: Government opponents in rebel-held Zawiya repelled an attempt by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi to retake the city closest to the capital in six hours of fighting overnight, witnesses said Tuesday. The rebels, who include mutinous army forces, are armed with tanks, machine guns and anti-aircraft guns. They fought back …


Thousands fleeing Libya cause chaos at border

By Doug Hamilton/Reuters RAS JDIR: Tunisian border guards fired into the air on Tuesday to try to control a crowd of people clamoring to get through a border crossing to escape the violence in neighboring Libya. Border guards were letting people, mostly foreigners who had been working in Libya, through the crossing at Ras Jdir …


Estimates of 1,000 dead in Libya credible, says Italy

TRIPOLI/ ROME: As many as 1,000 people have likely been killed in Libya as leader Muammar Gaddafi cracks down on protests against his rule, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Wednesday. "We have no complete information about the number of people that have died," Frattini told reporters in Rome. "We believe that the estimates …


Kadhafi denies fleeing as 41-year rule teeters

CAIRO: Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has denied fleeing the country, as protests spread to the capital, regime loyalists quit, and fighter pilots defected after being ordered to fire on demonstrators. Kadhafi’s comments in a brief television appearance were the first since the protests erupted last Tuesday in the east of the oil-rich North African nation …


Doctor says at least 200 dead in Benghazi

CAIRO: A doctor in the Libyan city of Benghazi says his hospital has seen the bodies of at least 200 protesters killed by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces over the last few days. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he fears reprisal. Witnesses told The Associated Press a mix of special commandos, foreign mercenaries and …


‘Day of anger’ claims 24 lives in Libya, says rights group

CAIRO: A "day of anger" against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi turned into a bloodbath when security forces gunned down at least 24 people in two of the country’s biggest cities, Human Rights Watch said Friday. In a detailed account of the unrest in Benghazi and Al-Baida, the New York-based organization — quoting unidentified witnesses — …


Four dead ahead of Libya ‘Day of Anger’ opponents

TRIPOLI: At least four people were killed in clashes with Libyan security forces, opposition websites and NGOs said on Thursday, as the country faced a nationwide "Day of Anger" called by cyber-activists. The websites and a Libyan rights group based in London said the clashes with demonstrators opposed to the regime of Libya’s leader Moamer …


Clash breaks out as Libya braced for ‘Day of Anger’

By AFP TRIPOLI: Thirty-eight people were injured in clashes between Libyan security forces and demonstrators in Benghazi overnight, the director of Al-Jala hospital in the eastern city told AFP on Wednesday, as the country braced for a “Day of Anger” following the revolts in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia. The paper, Quryna, said 14 people were …


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