April 12, 1987 |
One year after the American bombing of Libya, Col. Moammar Kadafi faces what Arab and Western analysts consider the most serious internal crisis of his long, mercurial reign as ruler of the Libyan state. These analysts said they doubt that opposition to Kadafi is serious enough to overthrow him. But they added that his opponents are expected to preoccupy him for some time and perhaps even have the same depressant effect on Libyan-sponsored terrorism that the U.S. attack had for a brief period.
January 5, 1997 |
A Libyan opposition group said six senior army officers executed in Libya had taken part in a failed revolt against leader Moammar Kadafi and that their deaths were meant as a warning to other rebels. Libyan state radio said the six officers and two civilians were executed Thursday after a military court found them guilty of spying using equipment supplied by the CIA.
October 25, 1993 |
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi has violently quelled a series of uprisings within his own army and security forces that broke out in three areas of central Libya over a period of several days, diplomatic and opposition sources said Sunday.
August 28, 2011 |
Artillery shells and airstrikes, not placards and peaceful protests, sent Moammar Kadafi fleeing from his fortress: The Libyan uprising has made it clear that even the most brutal leaders may be endangered icons in a region reshaped since the first stirrings of revolt late last year. The 6-month-old Libyan revolt tapped into the spirit of revolutions that swept Egypt and Tunisia, but its darker narrative sobered the early euphoria of the so-called Arab Spring. Libyan protesters began peacefully but were quickly confronted with the tactics of a leader who bombed hospitals and unleashed tanks on mosques.
September 23, 2011 |
Its principal commercial drag, Tripoli Street, could be the Hollywood set for an urban warfare action thriller: Charred tanks and pulverized shipping containers sit in front of blackened buildings pockmarked with rounds from bullets, rockets and sundry other lethal ordnance. But the hellish scene in the western port city of Misurata has nothing to do with fiction. More than a thousand people were killed here and many more injured in a months-long series of street battles that ousted the forces of Moammar Kadafi from the city and eventually, its environs.
March 28, 2011 |
President Obama faces one of the more difficult public relations challenges of his presidency in Monday evening's speech on Libya, and he will carefully seek to thread a number of rhetorical needles in order to get what appears to be a fairly subtle message across to the American public. Along the lines of the United Nations mandate under which the United States is operating, the president must outline America's role in the Libyan conflict in humanitarian terms, while making clear that the situation in the North African country differs from other situations, past and present, in which citizens have suffered at the hands of a despotic regime.