August 23, 2011 |
A large, half-packed suitcase on the floor of Salem Farhani's house showed just how fast he and his family bolted from their home - which had the bad fortune to be located within Moammar Kadafi's Bab Azizia compound. Inside the once-feared residential and leadership complex, the base that allowed Kadafi and his most trusted lieutenants to menace this country of 6 million for decades, rebels and ordinary Libyans pillaged and plundered. Some were rummaging through Farhani's home in search of valuables, others were snatching the thousands of weapons and ammunition stashed throughout the area.
August 31, 1986 |
Maj. Abdel-Salam Jalloud, Libya's second in command, challenged the Reagan Administration on Saturday to furnish details on planned Libyan terrorist action so that Libya can "abort such attacks and apprehend the individuals" to avoid a confrontation with the United States. Though generally conciliatory in tone, Jalloud's comments to a group of journalists were punctuated with defiance along with vows to drag Europe into any battle if Libya is attacked.
August 22, 2011 |
Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. weighed in on the crumbling of the Kadafi regime in Libya. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article and its headline incorrectly said that Moammar Kadafi's regime has fallen. Kadafi has not given up power. Rick Perry: "The crumbling of Muammar Ghadafi's reign, a violent, repressive dictatorship with a history of terrorism, is cause for cautious celebration. The lasting impact of events in Libya will depend on ensuring rebel factions form a unified, civil government that guarantees personal freedoms, and builds a new relationship with the West where we are allies instead of adversaries.
March 4, 2011 |
He remembers the desperate pleas of the men at the gallows as they were about to be hanged. Their faces were hidden by black hoods. A man at the podium declared the two had acted against Col. Moammar Kadafi, who had just taken over as leader of Libya. "'We didn't do anything, we didn't do anything,'" he remembers the two men pleading. "'Oh, God. We are not guilty.' And then they started reciting the Koran. " That was four decades years ago, and Anwar Magariaf, who would grow up to become a devoted militant against Kadafi, was perhaps 11 years old. He began to cry. "Kadafi started killing us from the day he came to power," the dissident said.
May 25, 2011 |
President Obama on Wednesday promised a relentless fight to help the people of Libya but reminded a European audience that there are limits to what the United States will do to help. After a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama spoke of "inherent limits" on the U.S. airstrike operation, and emphasized the importance of the Libyan people fighting for their own liberty. "We will not relent until the people of Libya are protected and the shadow of tyranny is lifted," Obama told a gathering of the British Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.
March 22, 2011 |
Two Air Force aviators were rescued after they bailed out of a U.S. fighter jet late Monday before it crashed in northeast Libya, apparently due to a mechanical malfunction, the U.S. military said. Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III said both crew members were in U.S. hands. Locklear, the operational commander of the air war in Libya, spoke by phone to repoters at the Pentagon. A U.S. military official said one of the crew members was found by a U.S. search and rescue team and the other was found by Libyan rebels and was safe.
September 2, 2003 |
In another bid by Libya to buy its way out from under U.N. sanctions, a Libyan charity on Monday offered to increase payments to the families of those killed when a French airplane exploded over the Niger desert in 1989. The unspecified cash settlements were likely to mollify France and could clear the path for the lifting of international sanctions.
May 6, 1986 |
President Reagan and French President Francois Mitterrand went to unusual lengths today to patch up their relationship, which has been especially strained since France refused to allow American F-111 warplanes to fly through its airspace on their way to last month's bombing raid of Libya. "Let this be the first day of the rest of our lives," Reagan told Mitterrand in a private meeting at the residence of U.S. ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield.
February 23, 2011 |
WASHINGTON ? In his first public comments on the Libyan crisis, President Obama said Wednesday his administration is preparing "the full range of options" to respond and condemned the government's "outrageous and unacceptable" suppression of its citizens' rights. Without offering specific details, Obama said the United States would study "accountability measures" it might take unilaterally or in cooperation with allies and multinational organizations. Obama said the actions of the Libyan government "violate international norms and every standard of common decency," and called for violence to stop immediately.
February 22, 2011 |
A defiant Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi vowed Tuesday not to resign and denounced the anti-government protesters who have challenged his regime as "greasy rats" and "drug-fueled mice" who deserve to be executed. "These gangs are cockroaches," he said. "They're nothing. They're not one percent of the Libyan people. " In a lengthy address on state TV, Kadafi, who has ruled since 1969, stood in the ruins of a barracks in Tripoli that was bombed by U.S. warplanes in 1986. He waved his fist and shouted, vowing to die a martyr and urging his supporters to rise up to help the military crush the popular uprising.