February 14, 2014 |
CAIRO - Libya's former army chief posted a video statement on Friday calling for the suspension of the government, parliament and constitution, but the nation's prime minister dismissed the remarks as a failed attempt to engineer a coup. Reflecting the continued political chaos in the country since his rebel forces helped to overthrow Moammar Kadafi in 2011, former Maj. Gen. Khalifa Haftar called for the formation of a presidential committee and a temporary cabinet to lead Libya until new elections could be held.
January 2, 2014 |
The bodies of a British man and a New Zealand woman shot to death near an oil terminal in western Libya were discovered Thursday by government troops, news agencies in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, reported. Both victims were believed to have been working in the area as teachers, the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse quoted unnamed government officials as saying. The bodies, bearing bullet wounds, were discovered by Libyan troops patrolling the area around the Mellitah Oil and Gas complex near Sabratha, about 60 miles west of Tripoli, the news reports said.
October 9, 2013 |
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was seized by armed men and taken from a hotel in Tripoli, the capital, according to news reports early Thursday. The Reuters news agency cited two Arab-language television stations , Sky News Arabia and Al Arabiya, both based in the United Arab Emirates, that first reported the apparent kidnapping. Al Arabiya said on its English-language site that the Libyan government had confirmed the reports. The BBC also said the government had confirmed the reports and that Zidan had been taken to an undisclosed location by a group of men who were believed to be former rebels.
October 2, 2013 |
Gunmen stormed the Russian Embassy in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, on Wednesday night, scrambling over the walls of the compound, tearing down the Russian flag and opening fire on cars and buildings, Russian and Libyan news agencies reported. The attack was suspected to be revenge for the killing a day earlier of a Libyan air force pilot by a Russian woman, who the gunmen thought had taken refuge in the diplomatic mission, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported. "The Wednesday attack may be linked with the incident on Tuesday," in which local media reported that a Russian woman -- some identified her as Ukrainian -- shot and killed Libyan air force officer Mohammed Susi in Tripoli, then attacked the pilot's elderly mother with a knife, ITAR-TASS reported . The Russian news agency, citing local security sources and the Libyan news agency LANA, said the woman had not been identified, nor was a motive in the attacks known.
August 29, 2013 |
So the U.S. launches a military strike. Then what? As the Obama administration and the U.S. military plot military action against Syria, they should be spending just as much time - and arguably more - considering what happens next. Once Washington crosses the threshold of action, there's no retreating from blame for anything that follows, whether through action or inaction. And in the weeks and months to come, dangers will only deepen. First, quick hits rarely achieve enduring political goals - and often produce more costs or unintended consequences than benefits.
August 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The type of limited, punitive military campaign now being contemplated against Syria has failed to deter U.S. adversaries in the past, and at times emboldened them, military analysts say. In two major episodes in 1998, the U.S. government unleashed a combination of bombs and cruise missiles against its foes - Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq. In a more distant third case, in 1986, the U.S. bombed Moammar Kadafi's Libya. The bombs and missiles mostly hit their targets, and the U.S. military at the time declared the attacks successful.