LIBYA UNREST

  • Libyan Islamist militia swept out of Benghazi bases September 22, 2012

    Libya: An Islamist militia was driven out of the city of Benghazi early on Saturday in a surge of protest against the armed groups that control large parts of Libya more than a year after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. A spokesman for Ansar alSharia said the group had evacuated its...
  • Gaddafi's body taken to secret location: report October 20, 2011

    Misrata: The body of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is being taken to a location which is being kept secret for security reasons, a National Transitional Council official said on Thursday. Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eightmonthold uprising against his rule overran his...
  • US checking reports of Gaddafi's death October 20, 2011

    Washington: US officials on Thursday scrambled to check reports that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had died after being captured near his hometown of Sirte following months of civil war. Gaddafi was wounded in the head and legs as he tried to flee in a convoy that came under attack from...
  • Libyan forces capture part of Gaddafi stronghold September 20, 2011

    Bani Walid: Libya's interim government said its forces seized the airport and fort in Sabha, one of the last strongholds of forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi which also controls the main route south out of Libya. "Our forces are there in the airport and in the castle ... Our flags are...
  • Libyan fighters move towards Gaddafi's area September 16, 2011

    Bani Walid: Libyan revolutionary forces faced fierce resistance as they streamed into one of the remaining bastions of support for Muammar Gaddafi on Friday, while the Turkish Prime Minister met with the country's new rulers in the capital Tripoli. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit came a day after the French...
  • Gaddafi's underground city under Tripoli August 26, 2011

    London: Fallen Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had virtually built an underground city under the capital Tripoli, with a vast maze of well hidden reinforced tunnels fanning out for miles in different directions. "There is a Tripoli above ground and a Tripoli underground", a rebel commander exclaimed as his men stumbled upon...
  • Zero hour for Gaddafi as besieged Tripoli rises up August 21, 2011

    Tripoli: Explosions and gunfire rocked Tripoli through the night as opponents of Muammar Gaddafi rose up in the capital, declaring a final push to topple the Libyan leader after a sixmonth war reached the city's outskirts. A defiant Gaddafi said an assault by "rats" had been repelled. "Those rats... were attacked by...
  • Libyan rebels say military commander killed July 29, 2011

    Benghazi: The head of the Libyan rebel's armed forces and two of his aides were killed by gunmen on Thursday, the head of the rebel leadership said. The death of AbdelFattah Younis was announced at a press conference in the de facto rebel capital, Benghazi, by the head of the rebels'...
  • Libyan govt shows reporters NATO bomb sites July 26, 2011

    Zlitan: The Libyan government showed foreign journalists on Monday a destroyed flu clinic and food warehouses it said had been hit earlier in the day by NATO airstrikes, killing eight people. The attacks took place in the governmentheld town of Zlitan, 90 miles (140 kilometers) east of the capital Tripoli and...
  • Libyan rebels claim advances in western mountains June 27, 2011

    Tripoli: Rebels in Libya's western mountains said they have advanced and are battling Muammar Gaddafi's forces in a strategic town southwest of the capital, ramping up pressure against government troops on a second front. The rebels' claim of an advance into the outskirts of the town of Bair alGhanam, some 50...
  • US slaps sanctions on entities associated with Gaddafi June 22, 2011

    Washington: As part of efforts to tighten the noose around Muammar Gaddafis regime, the US has slapped sanctions against nine Libyan entities, including a Karachibased company which is jointly owned by the governments of Libya and Pakistan. The US Treasury Department yesterday said that it had targetted three foreign Libyanowned banks...
  • Libyan rebels try to close on Gaddafi June 18, 2011

    Dafniyah: Libya's rebels have traded heavy artillery fire with Muammar Gaddafi's forces near the western city of Zlitan as they tried to take governmentheld territory east of the capital Tripoli. The city, 160 km (100 miles) from Tripoli, is the next major town on the Mediterranean coastal road to the capital...
  • Rape a weapon of war in Libya June 17, 2011

    Videos of the sexual assaults are frequently found on captured cellphones in Libya. ...
  • Gaddafi vows to fight on, NATO jets pound Tripoli June 8, 2011

    Tripoli: Waves of NATO aircraft hit Tripoli on Tuesday in the most sustained bombardment of the Libyan capital since Western forces began air strikes in March. By Tuesday afternoon, war planes were striking different parts of the city several times an hour, hour after hour, rattling windows and sending clouds of...
  • Libya oil chief defects, NATO extends campaign June 2, 2011

    Tripoli: Libya's top oil official became the latest leading figure to desert Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday, complaining of "unbearable" violence and adding political momentum to a revolt against the leader's long rule. In rebelheld eastern Libya, an explosion damaged a hotel used by rebels and foreigners in Benghazi, wounding one person,...
  • Libya airstrikes cripple Gaddafi's forces: NATO May 21, 2011

    Tripoli/Brussels: NATO's bombing campaign in Libya has crippled the government's ability to attack rebels fighting to topple Muammar Gaddafi and effectively forced the leader into hiding, the alliance said on Friday. NATO took command of a UNauthorised mission nearly two months ago to stop Gaddafi's forces attacking civilians, and Western governments...
  • Libyan TV shows footage of longabsent Gaddafi May 12, 2011

    Tripoli: Libyan state TV showed footage of an apparently healthy Muammar Gaddafi meeting officials in a Tripoli hotel on Wednesday, ending nearly two weeks of doubt over his fate since a NATO air strike killed his son. Gaddafi, who had not appeared in public since the April 30 strike on his...
  • NATO doesn't know if Gaddafi is dead or alive May 11, 2011

    Naples: NATO said on Tuesday it was unaware of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi being dead or alive and denied its air strikes on Tripoli were aimed to kill him. "All NATO targets are military targets, which means that the targets we've been hitting are command and control bunkers," NATO spokesman...
  • Libya: Gaddafi's son killed in NATO air strike May 1, 2011

    Tripoli: A NATO missile struck a house in Tripoli where Muammar Gaddafi and his wife were staying on Saturday, killing his youngest son and three grandchildren but missing the Libyan leader, a government spokesman said. The strike would be a significant blow to the morale of the regime, which is struggling...
  • Defiant Gaddafi calls for talks on Libya April 30, 2011

    Tripoli: Defiant Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Saturday not to quit, but said he was ready for a "ceasefire and negotiations" as NATO bombed a key government complex in Tripoli while the Libyan regime stepped up the offensive in the besieged western city of Misurata. "I'm not leaving my country,"...
  • NATO mission in Libya not for regime change: US April 27, 2011

    Washington: Asserting that the goal of NATO's military mission in Libya is not regime change, United States has reiterated its demand that the Libyan authoritarian leader, Muammar Gaddafi, resign and leave the country. "We have been clear, both as the United States and as NATO, that the military mission in Libya...
  • Heavy fighting in Misrata and Libyan mountains April 26, 2011

    Tripoli: Libya's rebelheld city of Misrata won no respite from two months of bitter siege as Muammar Gaddafi's forces bombarded the city and battled rebel fighters, despite pulling out of the city centre. Gaddafi's forces were also pounding Berber towns in Libya's Western Mountains with artillery, rebels and refugees said, in...
  • NATO air strike flattens Gaddafi's compound April 25, 2011

    Tripoli: A NATO air strike destroyed buildings inside Muammar Gaddafi's office in the capital Tripoli on Monday as forces loyal to the embattled leader pounded western Misurata, despite the regime announcing halt to operations in the besieged city. In one of the biggest air strikes to hit Tripoli since the western...
  • Oscarnominated director killed in Libya April 21, 2011

    Misrata: Two Western photojournalists, including an Oscarnominated film director, were killed on Wednesday in the besieged city of Misrata while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces. Two others working alongside them were wounded. Britishborn Tim Hetherington, codirector of the documentary 'Restrepo' about US soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan,...
  • Libya: Misrata turns graveyard as death toll rises April 19, 2011

    As proGaddafi forces try to retake the city, the rebels' frustration with NATO is also growing. ...
  • Libya: Gaddafi defiant despite NATO airstrikes April 15, 2011

    Tripoli: Muammar Gaddafi rolled defiantly through the streets of Tripoli, pumping his fists as he poked through the sun roof of an SUV on Thursday, the same day that NATO airstrikes shook the city. The alliance's foreign ministers, while united in their aim to pressure the Libyan leader to go,...
  • Western, Arab nations say Gaddafi must go April 13, 2011

    Tripoli: International powers meeting on Libya's future called for the first time on Wednesday for Muammar Gaddafi to step aside, but NATO countries squabbled publicly over stepping up air strikes to help topple him. In a victory for Britain and France, which are leading the air campaign and pushed for an...
  • African Union says Libya accepts ceasefire plan April 11, 2011

    Tripoli: A delegation of African leaders said on Sunday that their Libyan counterpart, Muammar Gaddafi, accepted their "road map" for a ceasefire with rebels, whom they will meet on Monday. They met hours after NATO airstrikes battered Gaddafi's tanks, helping Libyan rebels push back government troops who had been advancing quickly...
  • Gaddafi appears on State TV as new fight erupts April 10, 2011

    Ajdabiyah: A buoyant Muammar Gaddafi made his first television appearance for five days on Saturday and his troops engaged rebels in new fighting on the eastern front in Libya's civil war. While fighting flared up again on the war's only active frontline, a Red Cross ship brought medical supplies to the...
  • US general sees no military outcome in Libya April 8, 2011

    Ajdabiyah: Libyan rebels said five of their fighters were killed when NATO planes mistakenly bombed a rebel tank column and a top US general said they were unlikely to be able to oust Muammar Gaddafi by force. With daily skirmishes near the contested port of Brega in eastern Libya making little...