Libya Newslinks 20-21 August 2011

21 August 2011 —

21 August 2011
Libya rebels seek to avoid Tripoli battle
By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) – Libyan rebel forces ill-equipped to fight their way into a city the size of Tripoli may look to locally brokered deals or a burgeoning popular uprising to break the will of Muammar …

NATO racing to wrap up Libya campaign
The Associated Press
BRUSSELS (AP) — With NATO’s bombing of Libya now in its sixth month, a new sense of urgency is gripping the alliance as two critical deadlines loom next month. After months of combat stalemate, the insurgents have made dramatic gains in recent weeks. …

Obama briefed on Libya, continues vacation
Boston Globe
By Donovan Slack, Globe Staff EDGARTOWN — President Obama was briefed on the situation in Libya this morning by his top counter-terrorism adviser before heading with his family to a private beach and then hitting the links in Edgartown on Martha’s …

Germany, France urge Libya’s Gadhafi to step down
San Francisco Chronicle
Germany and France urged Moammar Gadhafi to step down immediately as rebels advance on the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with ZDF television that it would be “good if he would give up as …

From Ammon News: Contemplating a post-Gaddafi Libya
By Nath Aldalala’a The (in)famous speech given by Gaddafi in February heralded the slide towards the inevitable: the end of a 40 year tyrannical rule of Libya. This address became known in the Arab World as the “zanga zanga, street street” speech in …

Libya rebels fire first salvos for Tripoli
The West Australian
Libyan rebels have snuck into Tripoli by sea to launch the first salvos in the fight for the capital, as opposition forces nearing the capital aimed for a final push to topple Muammar Gaddafi. A regime spokesman acknowledged a small band of insurgents …

Libya: Gaddafi’s Right Hand Abdessalem Jalloud Flees to Italy
Global Voices Online
News from Libya is raining on the world, as one city after another are being taken by the revolutionaries. The big news came when Libya’s former number two Abdessalem Jalloud left the country to Italy on a Maltese plane through Tunisia, as confirmed by …

Balloon Juice » Libya
By Sarah Proud and Tall
The Libya stuff is kind of amazing. Gaddafi is the last of his era of crazy African strongmen dictators. As horrible as he is, and as bad as I feel for the Libyan people having to live under him for so long, his over-the-top costumes …

Libya: Obama Briefed On Tripoli Fighting
By The Huffington Post News Editors
A vacationing President Barack Obama was being kept up to date by aides on developments in Libya and U.S. officials were in touch with their contacts in that country Saturday to determine the progress of rebel troops advancing on …

Thoughts on Libya : Lawyers, Guns & Money
By Robert Farley
It looks as if things are coming to a close in the Libyan Civil War. Although Gaddafi could still surprise the rebels, this is about as bad as it’s been for him. Much can still go wrong, however, including a bloody siege of Tripoli, …

British nationals evacuated from Libya – News – Mail & Guardian Online
Foreign nationals are due to be evacuated from Tripoli on a boat to Malta
as fighting between rebels and Muammar Gaddafi’s forces reached the

Libya Fight Reaches Tripoli
By James Joyner
After months of fits and starts, it appears anti-Gaddafi forces are on the verge of victory.

Are Libya’s rebels edging closer to victory? –
The conflict in Libya has at times seemed as much a war of words as a war
on the ground, with both the Gadhafi government and the rebel forcesclaiming to …

Libya: fierce battle underway for crucial Zawiyah oil refinery …
A fierce battle was underway on Wednesdy night for outright control of Libya’s only functioning oil refinery as opposition forces took on Gaddafi loyalists …

Six Months of Civil War in Libya – Alan Taylor – In Focus – The …
Rebel forces in Libya have made significant advances in recent weeks, according to NATO officials. They’ve taken larger control of the northwest,…

Tripoli attack quashed – Gaddafi
BBC News Today at 08:07
Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi says attackers have been ‘eliminated’ as explosions and gunfire are heard overnight in the capital, Tripoli – the ultimate target for advancing rebels.

Fake Social Media Messages Led To War Against Libya
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts)Today at 08:00
Fake Social Media Messages Led To War Against Libya
Welcome to new Mathaba Author Marinella Corregia an Eco-Peace Activist now active in countering the NATO war against Libya with Truth

Tripoli on the Cusp + Waiting for the Endgame in Libya by Franklin Lamb
Dandelion SaladToday at 07:08
by Franklin Lamb Featured Writer Dandelion Salad Tripoli, Libya August 18, 2011 Truth be told, some foreign observers, and certainly this one, having been based in Tripoli the past nearly eight weeks, have not taken very seriously occasional media predictions that Tripoli might soon be invaded by ‘NATO rebels’ — though not by NATO country forces […]

VIDEO: Heavy gunfire erupts in Tripoli
BBC NewsToday at 07:06
Explosions and sustained gunfire have been heard in parts of Tripoli, as rebels close in on the Libyan capital.

Hello World Wake Up To Libya Reality Of People’s Power
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts)Today at 06:13
Hello World Wake Up To Libya Reality Of People’s Power
The world media run by the unmentionables is putting out massive propaganda effort but the coming days will show whether independent Mathaba news media is right or hostile dependent news media is right

AUDIO: Tripoli hospital worker on fighting
BBC News Today at 02:29
A hospital worker on the outskirts of Tripoli talks to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Adrian Goldenberg about the ongoing fighting in the Libyan capital.

Heavy gunfire erupts in Tripoli
BBC News Today at 01:57
Explosions and heavy gunfire are heard in Tripoli, as Libyan rebels consolidate their hold on two key cities near the capital.

Eyewitnesses dismiss rebel advances on Tripoli as misinformation
Russiatoday.ruToday at 01:09 RT
Reports of tracer bullets and explosions over the Libyan capital have sparked rumours of the imminent defeat of Colonel Gaddafi and his regime. However, it turns out the shots were fired in celebration at a victory for…”

Australia Shamed By Libyan Example Of People’s Ownership Of National Wealth
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) Today at Midnight
Australia Shamed By Libyan Example Of People’s Ownership Of National Wealth
Australia soon to be an outcast in the world community while unable to provide for its 22 million citizens siphons of trillions annually for foreign conglomerates

As Rebels Encircle Tripoli, Qaddafi’s Hold Seems to Slip
New York Times
Rebels in Zawiyah, Libya, on Friday used a tank they had captured several weeks ago to fire on loyalist forces in the main square. More Photos » By KAREEM FAHIM ZAWIYAH, Libya —Rebels encircled the beleaguered Libyan capital on Saturday, …

20 August 2011

Noose tightens around Gaddafi’s Tripoli at 19:17RT
The areas of Libya under Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s control have shrunk significantly, and his regime is under tightening pressure as rebels have fought their way toward Tripoli from the west, east and south, with NATO’s…

Gaddafi fights back over oil port
BBC News at 18:36
Pro-Gaddafi forces in Libya fight back at the oil port of Brega in the east, as rebels consolidate their hold on two strategic coastal cities either side of Tripoli.

VIDEO: Libya: Rebels ‘to fight on to Tripoli’
BBC News at 18:21
The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from the rebel battle-lines in Zawiya, as they take control of the strategic coastal cities of Zawiya and Zlitan.

Libyan rebels claim key town
Strategic Culture Foundation at 17:09″

Western-backed rebel forces encircle Libyan capital
World Socialist Web Site at 15:01
NATO warplanes are bombing Tripoli as Western-backed ground forces of the Transitional National Council (TNC) try to encircle the Libyan capital.

NATO members face budget cuts, scrounge to keep their bombing campaign alive
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) at 14:00
NATO members face budget cuts, scrounge to keep their bombing campaign alive NATO runs out of money for war against Libya more…

War Propaganda: Libya and the End of Western Illusions at 13:21
For more details, please click on the link to read the article.

VIDEO: Libyan rebels ‘gain control of Zawiya’
BBC News at 12:59
Rebels in Libya claim they have gained control of the centre of Zawiya, west of Tripoli. The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says the area has been the scene of intense clashes.

Benghazi: Terror in the Streets
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) at 11:00
Benghazi: Terror in the Streets
Keeping a close eye on Benghazi — the real situation that other news networks will not report more…

Libyan rebels capture city of major importance
Strategic Culture Foundation at 08:16

Gaddafi Will Never Leave Libya
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) at 08:00
Gaddafi Will Never Leave Libya
If the supporters of Libya and the Leader need NOT to worry about ONE thing: let Mathaba repeat for the last time: as said from day one and we KNOW this to be a PERMANENT FACT Muammar will NOT leave Libya. Any such stories are jokes. TWO: NATO will NOT win the war not matter how long it takes. more…

Young Libyan Computer Experts Form Electronic Army: tracking tebel communications and positions
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) at 08:00
Young Libyan Computer Experts Form Electronic Army: tracking rebel communications and positions. The youth of the Libyan Jamahiriya have joined the war against NATO and the rebels

German MP: “We are secretly taking part in the Libyan war”
Mathaba News Briefing (Alerts) at 15:00
German MP: ‘We are secretly taking part in the Libyan war’
Germany shocked the West in March when it opposed NATO action against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, but recently released documents show that German soldiers serving in NATO units in Italy are helping to select targets for alliance air strikes more…

Libya, Syria Show Obama in Way Over His Head
Fox News
By JD Gordon Developments this week with Libya and Syria show that President Barack Obama is in way over his head on US foreign policy – once again. In Libya, rebel fighters are closing in on Col. Moammar Qaddafi’s stronghold of Tripoli – though remain …

Tunisian troops clash with Libyans near border
Abdessalam Jalloud, who was a former prime minister ostracised from Moamer Kadhafi’s regime, is thought to have fled Libya through Tunisia, in another sign that the Tripoli regime may be hanging by a thread. In the skirmish late Friday, a Tunisian army …

Oil minister does not return to Libya-Tunisia source
TUNIS — Libya’s oil chief, Omran Abukraa, is in Tunisia after deciding not to return to Libya from a trip abroad, a Tunisian official source said Saturday, the third apparent defection this week of a senior figure associated with Muammar Gaddafi’s …

Libya rebels close in on Gaddafi, seize key town
Washington Post
Rebels closed in on Moammar Gaddafi Friday, pushing back his fighters in a fierce battle in one key coastal city and seizing another town as they advanced toward his remaining bastion, the capital of Tripoli. (Aug. 19) (/The Associated Press) …

Thousands of Trapped Migrants Desperate to Leave Tripoli
Voice of America
IOM spokeswoman, Jemini Pandya, says large numbers of Egyptian migrants and nationals from other African countries remain in Tripoli and in the western part of Libya. She says many are feeling extremely vulnerable and are seeking help to go home. …

Libyan rebels claim control of key city
By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) —
Anti-government rebels in Libya took control of the strategic city of Zawiya, just 30 miles east of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, reports said Saturday. Libya’s rebels celebrate new advances and …

Libya conflict could have ended sooner with AU: Mbeki
Times LIVE
The Libya conflict could have been stopped much sooner if the western world listened to African leaders, former South African president Thabo Mbeki said on Saturday. The Libya conflict could have been stopped much sooner if the western world listened …

8 years for US hikers in Iran … Libya’s war takes a turn … 3 dead, 1 …
9&10 News
ZAWIYA, Libya (AP) — Libya’s opposition fighters are getting closer to the capital Tripoli, which is still controlled by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. But Gadhafi’s territory is shrinking. Rebels have now taken control of the strategic western city of …

NewsDaily: Gaddafi’s former No. 2 defects: Libya rebels
Muammar Gaddafi’s former right-hand man, Abdel Salam Jalloud, has defected to rebel-held territory in Libya’s Western Mountains, a rebel spokesman said on Friday.

RealClearPolitics – And Now for a Real Libya Slaughter
By Adam Garfinkle, American Interest
I have not written in this space on Libya, and the Western intervention therein, since March 22—just days after some $350 million worth of U.S. cruise missiles commenced the NATO campaign against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. …

NATO’s Libya support ebbing – – Aug. 20, 2011
WASHINGTON – The French and Italians have sent their aircraft carriers home. The British have withdrawn their spy plane. Canada is pulling out air crews. The Danes are running out of bombs. And the Norwegians have dropped out entirely.

AU could’ve wrapped up Libya conflict: Mbeki – News – Mail …
Former president Thabo Mbeki says the Libyan conflict could’ve been stopped sooner if the western world had listened to African leaders.

Libya rebels claim capture of strategic towns
By johnabayomi
ZAWIYAH-(AFP) – Libyan rebels claimed to have taken the strategic towns of Zawiyah and Zliten as they push their way to Tripoli and said a former prime minister from Kadhafi’s regime joined their ranks. …

A Potential Tipping Point In Libya : NPR
Rebels fighting the regime of Moammar Gadhafi claim to have taken control of Zawiya, a key coastal city near Tripoli. If true, that could mean Gadhafi’s …

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