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August 26, 2011 | By Jerrold M. Post
In March, a few days after NATO planes began bombing Libya, Moammar Kadafi delivered a speech to the nation he had ruled for more than four decades. "Great Libyan people," he began, "you are now living through glorious hours. " In the speech, designed to rally Libyans with soaring rhetoric to stand against the rebellion and the foreign attacks, Kadafi ended with a promise. "We will defeat them by any means.... We are ready for the fight, whether it will be a short or a long one....
April 21, 2014 | By Sherif Tarek
A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in neighboring Libya pleaded tearfully with his country's president in an online video to negotiate with a militant group for his release. Mohammed Bel Sheik, who was reportedly kidnapped a month ago in Tripoli, did not appear to be injured. Another Tunisian diplomat was abducted in Tripoli last week, shortly after Jordan's ambassador to Libya, Fawaz Itan, was seized. The fate of those two men is unknown. Kidnappings have surged in Libya since the revolution that ousted Moammar Kadafi in October 2011.
March 20, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
It was to be a human shield, a massive gathering of Moammar Kadafi's supporters at his Bab Azizia compound, and the Libyan leader was to give a late-night speech of defiance against the international forces arrayed against him. They would stand by their beloved Brother Leader at the same compound destroyed by President Reagan's airstrikes in 1986. Even if the bombs came sailing down. Even if the entire place went up in flames. "I'm here to support Moammar Kadafi and to oppose the threats of the West," said Ghazal Muftah, a 52-year-old grandmother in a camouflage army jacket and hijab , or head scarf, among about 400 or so gathered around the ruler's vast and well-protected residence.
April 13, 2014 | By Laura King
TRIPOLI, Libya - Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Kadafi - days of blazing bombardment, thirsty desert nights. Then he voiced his dismay at the chokehold those same armed groups now maintain on Libya. "We fought so hard to make a new country," said the 28-year-old of Libyan extraction who left Britain to join the revolution that swept this North African nation in 2011.
January 5, 1989 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Navy jets, while on training exercises over the Mediterranean on Wednesday, shot down two Libyan MIG-23 fighters when the Libyans appeared to threaten the U.S. warplanes, American officials said. The incident, which occurred about noon local time (2 a.m. PST) in international airspace, comes at a time of increasing U.S. hostility toward Libya over that nation's construction of what U.S. officials charge is a chemical weapons plant near the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
October 21, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
The spectacle of Moammar Kadafi's capture at the mouth of a drain pipe and death in the custody of those he long oppressed thrilled Libyans but left a sense of unease about the nation's ability to emerge from his violent legacy. Kadafi's death Thursday in his hometown, the coastal city of Surt, spared Libyans the prospect that the only leader most had ever known would continue exhorting die-hard followers to fight. Few believed that, two months after he had been chased from his capital, Kadafi was in a position to make a comeback.
March 17, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
Moammar Kadafi's warplanes bombed a military airport in Benghazi on Wednesday, the first assault on the eastern rebel stronghold since a revolt by inexperienced fighters with looted weapons began one month ago in an attempt to topple the Libyan leader. The airport attack came as government troops moved to tighten their grip on Ajdabiya, 95 miles south of Benghazi, while rebels armed with rocket-propelled grenades and traveling in speedboats fired on Libyan ships off the Mediterranean coast.
October 20, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Scott Kraft, Los Angeles Times
In the modern pantheon of the world's dictators, Moammar Kadafi stood apart. Far apart. Erratic and mercurial, he fancied himself a political philosopher, practiced an unorthodox and deadly diplomacy, and cut a sometimes cartoonish figure in flowing robes and dark sunglasses, surrounded by heavily armed female bodyguards. He ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42 years, bestowing on himself an array of titles, including "king of culture," "king of kings of Africa" and, simply, "leader of the revolution.
October 21, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Moammar Kadafi secretly salted away more than $200 billion in bank accounts, real estate and corporate investments around the world before he was killed, about $30,000 for every Libyan citizen and double the amount that Western governments previously had suspected, according to senior Libyan officials. The new estimates of the deposed dictator's hidden cash, gold reserves and investments are "staggering," one person who has studied detailed records of the asset search said Friday.
September 7, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Moammar Kadafi's whereabouts remained a mystery Wednesday, a day after reports of a southbound desert convoy raised suspicion that the deposed Libyan leader might be seeking sanctuary in sub-Saharan Africa. Officials of Libya's rebel administration have given contradictory statements about Kadafi's whereabouts in recent days, a pattern that continued Wednesday. One rebel military official told the Associated Press that Kadafi was cornered, while another military aide said the rebels didn't know the ex-leader's whereabouts.
February 14, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
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 | By Carol J. Williams
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 | By Times Staff
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 | By Carol J. Williams, This post has been corrected. Please see the note below for details.
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 | By Robin Wright
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 | By Ken Dilanian
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.
September 30, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
The international police agency, Interpol, on Thursday placed Moammar Kadafi's son Saadi on its most wanted list, where he joins his father, an elder brother and an uncle as hunted men. Unlike the other wanted Kadafi kin, whose whereabouts remain a mystery, Saadi Kadafi is known to have taken refuge in neighboring Niger, a country caught between a longtime allegiance to Kadafi and an unease with serving as a haven for the deposed Libyan leader's...
March 11, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Leaders of the European Union on Friday unanimously called on Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi to give up power and said they would examine "all necessary options" to protect Libyan civilians from attack. But the declaration did not move the 27-member bloc closer to intervening militarily in the conflict, despite urging by nations such as France and Britain to consider establishing a no-fly zone over the North African nation. EU leaders were gathered in Brussels for an unusual emergency summit to discuss the events unfolding in Libya.
March 30, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
SABHA, Libya - Their fatigues don't match and their pickup has no windshield. Their antiaircraft gun, clogged with grit, is perched between a refugee camp and ripped market tents scattered over an ancient caravan route. But the tribesmen keep their rifles cocked and eyes fixed on a terrain of scouring light where the oasis succumbs to desert. "If we leave this outpost the Islamist militants will come and use Libya as a base. We can't let that happen," said Zakaria Ali Krayem, the oldest among the Tabu warriors.
February 7, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Libya must hand over its former intelligence chief under ousted strongman Moammar Kadafi, the International Criminal Court has ordered. The push to surrender Abdullah Senussi  is the latest turn in the tug-of-war over where Kadafi insiders will stand trial for crimes against humanity. Libya wants its own courts to try Senussi and Seif Islam Kadafi, son of the slain leader, arguing that bringing the two to justice would be a historic step for the country. The Hague tribunal is supposed to be a court of last resort, only handling cases that countries are unwilling or unable to handle themselves.
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