September 17, 2011 |
Forces loyal to ousted Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi put up fierce resistance Friday on two fronts, fending off revolutionary fighters trying to take a pair of holdout cities that have defied the nation's new transitional government. Anti-Kadafi fighters launched major attacks on Surt, the coastal town where Kadafi was born, and Bani Walid, a desert city that benefited from the longtime leader's financial largesse. But in both cases the attackers' predictions of quick and decisive victories proved wrong.
September 4, 2011 |
The sometimes odd contortions of U.S. policy in the Islamic world have seen a new twist in the strange case of Abdel-Hakim Belhadj. A few years ago, documents show, Belhadj was a wanted Islamic militant whom the CIA handed over for "debriefing" to the government of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, then an ally in the fight against terrorism. Today, Belhadj is a top military commander in the provisional Libyan government and Kadafi is on the run, his government toppled, in part, by U.S. and allied airstrikes.
September 1, 2011 |
These days Saadi Kadafi is on the run, presumably somewhere in North Africa, dodging the rebels who ended his father's 42-year-long dictatorship in Libya. But just two years ago this month, the 38-year-old third son of Moammar Kadafi was perched on a couch surrounded by Champagne bottles, holding court at a glittering rooftop party at the Toronto International Film Festival. As rapper 50 Cent performed and guests sampled Beluga caviar, Kadafi and his American partner, Matty Beckerman, schmoozed with agents to promote themselves as the newest players in the world of independent filmmaking.
August 26, 2011 |
Fighting continued in the Libyan capital Thursday as rebel forces pressed the search for the country's longtime ruler, Moammar Kadafi, who was dislodged from his command-and-control center this week and remains in hiding. Rebels who overran the city and all but toppled Kadafi's decades-long rule said they had a group of Kadafi loyalists surrounded in an apartment building close to his Bab Azizya compound, which was ransacked by lightly armed rebel forces following a rapid advance from three directions on the capital.
August 23, 2011
The international campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi is on the verge of a historic achievement: The judicious use of force by Western nations has given that nation's rebellion the opportunity to eliminate a longtime scourge. And yet the experience of Libya, though it ushers out an unstable ruler, offers an uncertain model for U.S. foreign policy. The use of force to address the internal abominations of other nations raises profoundly difficult questions for American policymakers.
July 28, 2011 |
Britain has ordered the Libyan Embassy's remaining staff members to leave the country and has recognized the Libyan rebels' ruling council as the only official representative of the North African nation, Foreign Secretary William Hague told a televised news conference Wednesday. The eight staff members will follow Libyan Ambassador Omar Jelban, who was expelled in May. Five other embassy personnel, including the military attache, were ordered out in March. Hague stressed the British government's support for the rebel Transitional National Council's struggle to oust Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, declaring: "The Libyan people can be assured that we will remain on their side for as long as it takes.