imwithkanye asks: Ugh, this image is horrific and I've already seen it reblogged several times. I understand its weight and contribution to the news story - but I wish it was uploaded into the body of the post with a warning ahead. (Not that I'm upset with you all for this post. It's just hard to look at.)
» SFB says: We really struggled with that one. And we agree with you on that entirely. It was tough. But ultimately, that photo seems incredibly significant, especially if it turns out to be true. Apologies for the graphicness of it. — Ernie @ SFB
- 0804 Eastern — First Reuters report citing NTC official saying Gaddafi died
- 0812 Eastern — Reuters writethru saying same
- 0812 Eastern — Al Jazeera English carries Reuters report; cites own sources that Gaddafi had been wounded
- 0824 Eastern — CNN cites Al-Ahrar televised report that Gaddafi died; Al-Ahrar is an NTC media operation.
- 0824 Eastern — The Guardian posts what is claimed to be a cell phone photo of “the arrest” of Gaddafi.
- 0826 Eastern — The Guardian cites NTC spokesperson saying Gaddafi is dead, and his body is arriving in the city of Misrata “any minute now.”
That cell phone photo … whew.
We want to do everything we can to prevent him from causing trouble for the new Libya. We don’t know where he is, but we hope he can be captured or killed soon so you don’t have to fear him any longer.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • Speaking in Libya, to the interim National Transitional Council. Clinton is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Libya since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi’s government during August, though the former dictator is still in hiding and his loyalists have continued to clash with NTC forces in places such as Brega. In light of the NTC’s somewhat daunting task in rebuilding Libya, especially with Gaddafi still at large and presumably eager to derail that process, Clinton and the U.S. wanted to lend some support that would also be beneficial from an optics standpoint — it should be noted, though, that the U.S. has said Clinton’s “captured or killed” phrase isn’t meant to represent any change in policy. source (via • follow)
Dangerous times for civilians in Sirte: The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) has regained control of the Sirte airport, amidst fighting throughout the city. The airport had been under NTC control previously, but two weeks ago loyalists of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi (who was born in Sirte) recaptured it. Gaddafi loyalists have reportedly used rockets and sniper fire to fend off the NTC’s assaults on the city. Some of Sirte’s 100,000 residents have chosen to flee, as attacks by both sides pose fatal risks to the civilian population. source
Suggesting that the Lockerbie case is closed is ludicrous. I am not surprised that the new interim government might want to avoid getting involved, but this is a miserable attempt to avoid a perfectly reasonable request for any information or evidence that there might be in Libya. Perhaps there is nothing.Pamela Dix, sister of a Lockerbie victim • Decrying a refusal by Libya’s National Transitional Council to give Scottish prosecutors access to any newly discovered evidence relating to the Lockerbie bombing. The prosecutors had been hoping to find new evidence implicating other figures in the plot, for which Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was convicted in 2001. The NTC’s interim justice minister, Mohammed al-Alagi, stated that “the case is closed,” which prompted the above response. Libya’s interim leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, claimed in March that he had evidence of Gaddafi’s involvement, which does make this a bit hard to answer for. source (via • follow)
» Memories still linger: The 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in Tripoli was one of the many catalysts to the civil war that effectively toppled Muammar Gaddafi. And this will be a difficult one to decipher. ”We are dealing with more than 1,270 martyrs and must distinguish each one from the other for identification by comparing their DNA with family members,” said Libyan medical official Dr. Osman Abdul Jalil. “It may take years to reach the truth.”