May 6, 2011 |
They moved through the night with names like "the Birds. " The fight was primal, about survival from block to block. But at the same time, it was fun for the young men of Misurata, an adrenaline rush, like a Jean-Claude Van Damme film come to life. From the gang leader who loved to peer at Moammar Kadafi's snipers through night-vision goggles, to the teenage fisherman who became the booby-trap king, to the young medical student who rode shotgun in his green scrubs, they were suddenly action heroes in a city under siege.
May 5, 2011 |
A rescue ship packed with migrant workers from the besieged Libyan city of Misurata arrived Thursday at the opposition stronghold of Benghazi, even as rebels received assurances in Rome of a financial aid package from the United States and other international powers. The chartered ferry Red Star One had been delayed for days from reaching Misurata because of fears about government shelling and mines planted in the sea by forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi. The vessel, chartered by the International Organization for Migration, finally docked in Misurata on Wednesday amid shelling of a nearby camp, picked up evacuees and the wounded, then quickly headed out to the Mediterranean en route to Benghazi, the rebels' de facto capital.
April 30, 2011 |
Fighting in western Libya spread into neighboring Tunisia, where the government Friday condemned the shelling of its territory and the official press agency reported more than a dozen trucks carrying forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi had crossed the border. In addition, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization accused Kadafi forces of laying mines in the harbor near the besieged Libyan city of Misurata, where rebels have ousted pro-regime forces and rely on the sea for supplies and the evacuation of refugees.
April 29, 2011 |
A NATO airstrike in the besieged rebel-held city of Misurata mistakenly killed 12 Libyan rebels, an official with the transitional government confirmed Thursday, while new fighting was reported on Libya's western border with Tunisia. The strike Wednesday was at least the third reported friendly fire incident since North Atlantic Treaty Organization fighter jets began pounding forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi more than five weeks ago in a mission to protect Libyan civilians. Leaders of the anti-Kadafi forces have labeled the incidents unfortunate accidents in a worthy cause, reflecting wide support in rebel ranks for the NATO strikes.
April 25, 2011 |
Fighters loyal to Col. Moammar Kadafi fled their last position inside the western Libyan city of Misurata on Sunday morning, leaving the center of the besieged port community in the hands of rebels seeking to oust the longtime leader. Kadafi's forces, however, continued to pound the city with indirect fire, sparking fears of the beginning of an intermittent campaign of artillery and cluster bomb attacks. The victory came after bloody fighting to clear Kadafi's forces from their last major position, at the city's old main hospital.
April 25, 2011 |
A trio of U.S. senators redoubled calls Sunday for the Obama administration to step up U.S. support for Libyan rebels in their battle against the regime of Moammar Kadafi, even targeting Kadafi directly if necessary. "I think the focus should now be to cut the head of the snake off. That's the quickest way to end this," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on CNN's "State of the Union. " "Let's get this guy gone. " Graham was joined by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who just completed a visit to Libya, and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)
April 24, 2011 |
A trio of U.S. senators redoubled calls on the Obama administration Sunday to step up U.S support for Libyan rebels in their battle against the regime of Moammar Kadafi, even targeting Kadafi directly if necessary. "I think the focus should now be to cut the head of the snake off. That's the quickest way to end this," Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) said on CNN's "State of the Union. " "Let's get this guy gone. " Graham was joined by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who just completed a visit to Libya, and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)
April 23, 2011 |
Moammar Kadafi's forces came by the thousands with tanks, armored vehicles and rocket launchers to quell an uprising in the forbidding Western Mountains region of Libya. They left Zintan last month in a rout, rebels and Western journalists say, running through the woods as residents of the rebellious city pursued them using weapons and equipment seized from troops. It was a decisive battle that exposed the far western flank of Kadafi's security forces. "What happened here was a beautiful thing," Milad Lameen, a 59-year-old former Libyan Airlines official and businessman who now serves as a political leader in Zintan, said in an interview conducted over Skype.
April 20, 2011 |
Libyan rebels said Wednesday that they support Western forces assisting in the evacuation of civilians and other humanitarian missions despite their objections to foreign troops on the battlefield. "In order to protect, to have a safe zone for any refugees, it has to obviously be protected from the ground and air and sea," said Shamsiddin Abdulmolah, a spokesman for the Transitional National Council, the rebel movement's political wing. "We certainly don't have the means to do that.
April 19, 2011 |
The back-and-forth battle for control of Libya has become a static war along the major front dividing rebel and government territory. Insurgents on Tuesday were throwing up berms and defensive barriers at the western edge of Ajdabiya, the ghost city that is the de facto border of "liberated" eastern Libya and the western expanses under control of Moammar Kadafi. Rebel fighters here seem to recognize they have little chance of advancing along the coastal strip absent a new round of NATO airstrikes or an influx of heavy weapons from allies.