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May 1, 2011
This was a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country. This is not permitted by international law; it is not permitted by any moral code or principle.
Libyan spokesperson Moussa Ibrahim • Expressing anger about the attack by NATO that killed members of Gaddafi’s family. “The leader with his wife was there in the house with other friends and relatives,” Ibrahim explained “The attack resulted in the martyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Gadhafi, 29 year old and three of the leader’s grandchildren. The leader himself is in good health. He was not harmed.” NATO, by the way, says that they weren’t actively targeting any one person, but instead attacking based on links to the “systematic attacks on the Libyan population.” Whatever that means. source (viafollow)
15:23 // 3 years ago
April 30, 2011
Gaddafi’s regime has lost all credibility. The people of Libya cannot possibly envisage or accept a future Libya in which Gaddafi’s regime plays any role.
Libyan Transitional National Council vice president Abdul Hafidh Ghoga • In a statement rejecting a conditional ceasefire and a spot at the negotiating table with that Gaddafi guy. While Gaddafi will not leave Libya, he seems ready to bargain: “We were the first to welcome a ceasefire and we were the first to accept a ceasefire … but the crusader NATO attack has not stopped,” Gaddafi said. Essentially, he really wants NATO to leave. source (viafollow)
10:59 // 3 years ago
April 25, 2011

NATO unleashes attacks in Tripoli: The strikes early Monday morning came with reports from NATO officials that nobody had been badly harmed, though Libyan state TV later claimed 45 civilian casualties. The odds of civilian death in this regard aren’t negligible, as Gaddafi has hosted throngs of still-loyal citizens at his sprawling residence to act as human shields, fully hoping that the risk of killing them would deter NATO from launching attacks like this one — be warned that there is a small amount of graphic imagery in the video. source

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11:48 // 3 years ago
April 24, 2011

Libyan stronghold Misurata suffers bloodiest day in weeks

  • 25+ people killed during the fighting over the Libyan town of Misurata — a key stronghold in the civil war
  • 71+ others were critically injured, despite claims that Gaddafi’s army has laid down its arms temporarily source

» Who has the upper-hand? It appears that the rebels do, though it’s murky. Yesterday, some rebel forces in the city claimed it was “free” of pro-Gaddafi forces, but others claimed it might be a “trick” by to lull rebels into a false sense of security. Gaddafi forces claim to have laid down their arms to allow local tribes to settle their differences peacefully, but plan to arm the tribes if an agreement isn’t reached. Despite these claims, the violence rages on in dramatic fashion. And of course, there’s the wildcard — drone strikes.

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10:36 // 3 years ago
April 21, 2011

Libyan rebel forces win strategic victory at Tunisian border

Libyan rebels claim Tunisian border post: The deputy leader of the rebel forces that seized this strategic piece of land, giving his name as Youssef, said they had killed about ten pro-Gaddafi soldiers in the process, and injured twenty-five. Their ability to hold this post is key, as open access to Tunisia allows more freedom of movement (Tunisia is likely now concerned about being able to support the increased influx of refugees, which should have a much easier time migrating), and gives them a new avenue to receive medical supplies. source

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13:31 // 3 years ago
April 20, 2011

Pentagon proposal for Libya aid awaits Obama’s approval

  • $25 million in proposed non-lethal aid to Libyan rebels source

» The Pentagon’s plan awaits President Obama’s approval. That said, $25 million is a relatively very minor cost to the U.S. in the context of a military action. It would, however, explicitly not go towards arming the rebels with western weaponry, but would rather send vehicles, supplies, medicines, and radios. The Gaddafi government threatened that such supply shipments would extend the bloody battles and “encourage the other side to be more defiant,” which is a pretty difficult quote to read with feeling unbearably angry.

16:57 // 3 years ago
April 13, 2011

Telecom executive gives big help to Libyan rebels

  • YES the Libyan rebels have a  mobile phone network source

» Welcome to Free Libyana: With international support, in particular the help of a telecom executive in Abu Dhabi named Ousama Abushagur, the Libyan rebel forces now have a hijacked mobile phone network operating within the eastern part of the country. The network, called Free Libyana, was built on the equipment foundations of a Gaddafi controlled network called simply Libyana. Mr. Abushagur, a Libyan who was raised in Alabama, led a crew of engineers and some bodyguards into Benghazi in order to secure the network for the rebel forces located there.

15:22 // 3 years ago
April 5, 2011

Libyan rebels plan to begin exporting oil themselves

This is a big deal for the opposition council. The Libyan rebel government’s deal with Qatar to export oil has obvious benefits to their cause, and they aren’t strictly economic. One aspect of the Libyan struggle we can’t overlook is the need for others to perceive their legitimacy — the more the rebellion shows a unified, proactive, and competent front, the more pressure it may put on Gaddafi’s beleaguered allies to desert him. The immediately refused rebel ceasefire offer was a good example, and this follows suit — the practical proof that oil exports can resume despite Gaddafi’s efforts to the contrary is another psychological victory against a regime that’s already reported as suffering key defections by officials. source

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16:04 // 3 years ago

NATO: Airstrikes decimate large chunk of Gaddafi’s prowess

  • 30%of Gaddafi military capacity destroyed by airstrikes source

» That’s what NATO says, at least. NATO Brigadier General Mark van Uhm made the claim to a bunch of reporters in Brussels. That said, though, some of Gaddafi’s tactics have made it harder for NATO to attack. ”The operational tempo remains, but we have seen a change of tactics (from Gaddafi),” van Uhm said. ”When human beings are used as shields we don’t engage.”

13:37 // 3 years ago
April 3, 2011
10:47 // 3 years ago