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August 24, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
Though Moammar Kadafi remains at large and has defied international calls to step down, President Obama still has confidence that rebel forces are gaining the upper hand in Libya and will be able to achieve a transition to “free and Democratic” Libya, White House officials said Wednesday. Speaking from Obama's vacation retreat in Martha's Vineyard, Josh Earnest, the president's principal deputy press secretary, said Libya's rebel government, the Transitional National Council, is in the “early stages of trying to put some governmental infrastructure in place.” ”We do have confidence in the TNC … . And we are encouraged by the way they have conducted by themselves so far,” Earnest said during a briefing Wednesday in Vineyard Haven.
April 13, 2014 | By Laura King
TRIPOLI, Libya - Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Kadafi - days of blazing bombardment, thirsty desert nights. Then he voiced his dismay at the chokehold those same armed groups now maintain on Libya. "We fought so hard to make a new country," said the 28-year-old of Libyan extraction who left Britain to join the revolution that swept this North African nation in 2011.
June 28, 1990
In reply to "Hero's Welcome for a Man U.S. Betrayed: Mandela Comes to America" (by Sanford J. Ungar, Opinion, June 17): I'm again disappointed in how Americans continue to browbeat themselves for committing perfectly justifiable acts. Twenty-eight years ago, when our CIA helped to finger Mandela, the Cold War was at a high pitch. Russia and its communist allies were threatening U.S. interests all over the globe. The threat to South Africa was obviously apparent. A communist takeover would cut off our raw resources and give Russia a strategic base at the tip of Africa.
April 9, 2013 | Jeffrey Fleishman
The prized scion of Moammar Kadafi is a prisoner of tribesmen in these mountains of scrub and ocher rock. The rebels who captured him after the 2011 civil war that toppled his father have refused to turn him over to the central government in Tripoli or the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The militiamen patrolling hillsides of winding roads and scattered bunkers want Seif Islam Kadafi tried in a rural courtroom and hanged. "Seif is a murderer and a liar. We have our own high court so we'll try him in Zintan," said Alramah Mohammed Elmerhani, a former rebel commander who was wounded in a tank battle.
August 29, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
The United States should strike back militarily, perhaps with B-52s, if Libya launches new terrorist attacks, and Libya should understand that the next attack might be much more extensive, the commander of U.S. forces in Europe said today. "I happen to be one who believes . . . that if those conditions obtain again--an attack against our people, an attack against our facilities, and (Libyan strongman Col. Moammar) Kadafi is found responsible for it--that we need to strike again," said Gen.
April 27, 1986
I strongly support the U.S. attack of Libya. I am hoping that the attack will serve as a warning to Kadafi and his followers that Americans are no longer going to stand for such terrorist actions. If Kadafi continues to take terrorist action, I feel the United States should keep retaliating against him. Although I do not want innocent people losing their lives over this problem, I think retaliation may be the only solution to stopping Kadafi. Libyans must understand that if Kadafi is not overthrown he may be the cause of another World War. Two ways to overthrow Kadafi and stop these terrorist actions would be for the Libyan people to unite among themselves and overthrow him. Another would be to put economic sanctions on Libya and therefore removing Kadafi from power.
April 7, 1986
Just a few weeks ago President Reagan was trying to get our allies to go along with him on sanctions against Libya, with no success at all. One of your letter writers, a West German citizen, Ralph Verlohr, has become very scared of what Kadafi will do in Europe since the Sidra event. Kadafi seemed to be doing as he pleased, before the Sidra event. Maybe if our allies would get off the dime, we could handle Kadafi without too much effort. BILL BURTON Huntington Park
April 25, 1986
Kudos to Conrad for his drawing of Kadafi/Reagan. Superb! They have so much in common. SUE BURKE South Laguna
March 30, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
SABHA, Libya - Their fatigues don't match and their pickup has no windshield. Their antiaircraft gun, clogged with grit, is perched between a refugee camp and ripped market tents scattered over an ancient caravan route. But the tribesmen keep their rifles cocked and eyes fixed on a terrain of scouring light where the oasis succumbs to desert. "If we leave this outpost the Islamist militants will come and use Libya as a base. We can't let that happen," said Zakaria Ali Krayem, the oldest among the Tabu warriors.
February 7, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Libya must hand over its former intelligence chief under ousted strongman Moammar Kadafi, the International Criminal Court has ordered. The push to surrender Abdullah Senussi  is the latest turn in the tug-of-war over where Kadafi insiders will stand trial for crimes against humanity. Libya wants its own courts to try Senussi and Seif Islam Kadafi, son of the slain leader, arguing that bringing the two to justice would be a historic step for the country. The Hague tribunal is supposed to be a court of last resort, only handling cases that countries are unwilling or unable to handle themselves.
January 17, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The son of the late strongman Moammar Kadafi appeared in a Libyan court  Thursday for the first time, facing charges tied to the controversial detention of his attorney last year. Seif Islam Kadafi has been accused of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, but Libya has argued that it should be able to try him in its own courts. The debate has revolved around whether Libya can offer Kadafi a fair trial in such a politically charged case. The hearing Thursday, however, involved allegations surrounding an International Criminal Court attorney who came to see Kadafi last year.
November 30, 2012 | By James Rainey
One would think that a U.S. congressman accusing the president of the United States of maneuvering to aid Al Qaeda - an act verging on treason - would be headline news around the nation. That's how I heard Rep. Louie Gohmert's attack on President Obama's Libya policies earlier this week. But when I called the Texas congressman's office Thursday, an aide clarified that Gohmert intended to say only that the president formulated bad policy in Libya because he got bad advice. That's good to hear now. But Gohmert, a frequent and virulent critic of the president, ought to choose his words more carefully the next time he commiserates with his friends on right-wing radio.
July 7, 2012 | By Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
TRIPOLI, Libya — Naima Naggar stood in a Tripoli polling station Saturday, her index finger stained with indelible ink as she voted in Libya's first free elections in decades hoping to heal tribal divisions and bring this battered nation closer to democracy. She and other Libyans voted in high spirits to move beyond last year's civil war and the late Moammar Kadafi's 42-year repressive rule. Yet distrust and tension hang over the country, which has been marked by lawlessness and political schisms fueled by heavily armed militias.
April 27, 2012 | By Elena Howe, Los Angeles Times
It's not often that an oppressive dictator sits down with the free Western press and openly answers probing questions about his rule, his crimes against humanity and his fashion choices - those last two often being one and the same. It's even rarer for such a tyrant to sit down with the entertainment section of the free press, but hey, who are we to look a good interview in the bushy-bearded mouth? While Adm. Gen. Shabazz Aladeen of the small North African nation of Wadiya didn't physically sit across from us (in fact, for all we know this email interview could have been answered by some wiseguy comedian - say, Sacha Baron Cohen, whose movie "The Dictator" opens May 16)
March 22, 2012 | By Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
  Amal Zuhair's hijab is pushed back, revealing a strip of hair that to her traditionalist elders is a provocation, much like her fondness for rock music. She says she feels like two people: "I leave myself at home whenever I go outside. I am this other thing, this pretend person they want me to be. " Zuhair's struggle with her identity mirrors a broader quest in Libya as the country tries to recover from the four-decade rule of Moammar Kadafi, whose Arab nationalist regime long repressed minority cultures.
March 7, 2012 | By Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
  The revolution is long over in Libya, but gunfire still crackles in the night, echoing down empty streets and alleys. Swaggering men in Che Guevara-style berets patrol the outskirts of once-besieged Misurata with antiaircraft guns affixed to the back of their pickup trucks, stalking those they believe are responsible for their city's misery. A militia based in mountainous Zintan refuses to hand over Moammar Kadafi's son and once heir-apparent, Seif Islam Kadafi, and encirclesTripoli's airport, holding both as bargaining chips to extract concessions and avoid being marginalized in the country's emerging political order.
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