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Gadhafi Ran School Rape Dungeon, Film Says

Documentary describes late Libyan leader's barbaric ways

(Newser) - Late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's diet of rape and torture is well-documented , but a new film delves deeper into his sexual predilections and habit of keeping dead enemies on ice—literally, the New York Post reports. Mad Dog: Inside the Secret World of Muammar Gaddafi, slated for Showtime this... More »

Navy SEALs Seize Hijacked Oil Tanker

Libyan rebels had been trying to sell oil on black market

(Newser) - US Navy SEALs boarded a hijacked oil tanker early today in international waters off Cyprus, wresting control of the vessel from Libyan rebels who were attempting to sell the oil on the black market. The Morning Glory initially sailed into a Libyan port under a North Korean flag early last... More »

Ex-Spy: Iran, Not Libya, Ordered Lockerbie Bombing

Attack was 'revenge for downing of Iranian plane'

(Newser) - The Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 went to his grave protesting his innocence —and new evidence suggests he was telling the truth and it was actually Iran behind the Lockerbie attack, an al-Jazeera investigation finds. A former Iranian intelligence officer is among the... More »

Gadhafi Son Handed Back to Libya

Saadi Gadhafi to face charges of killing protesters

(Newser) - After years of very comfortable house arrest in Niger, one of Moammar Gadhafi's surviving sons is now in Libyan custody. Saadi Gadhafi, who fled Libya for Niger as his father's regime collapsed in 2011, was extradited from the West African country today and is now in a Tripoli... More »

Libya Parliament Moves to 5-Star Hotel After Attack

Protesters stormed parliament last night

(Newser) - After a deadly attack last night, Libya's parliament has relocated and will meet in a five-star Tripoli hotel. Tensions in the country have been high, with rival militias backing Prime Minister Ali Zidan and the Islamist factions in parliament that oppose him. Dozens of protesters stormed parliament yesterday, shooting... More »

Gadhafi's Chemical Stash Wiped Out in Secret

3-month international effort used a 'giant, high-tech oven'

(Newser) - The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons continues to hit delays—but a secret effort to rid Libya of chemical weapons has been a success, the New York Times reports. The US and Libya have been destroying what was left of Moammar Gadhafi's stockpile, including hundreds of weapons containing... More »

Libya Sees First High-Profile Assassination in Years

Deputy Cabinet minister killed while driving home from shopping

(Newser) - Since Moammar Gadhafi was ousted more than two years ago, assassinations have taken the lives of low-level government employees, activists, clerics, and security officials—but, as of two days ago, no top government officials. That ended Saturday, when Libyan Deputy Minister of Industry Hassan Drouai was shot numerous times as... More »

Benghazi Attack Didn't Involve al-Qaeda: Report

Anti-Islam video did help spark violence: NYT investigation

(Newser) - A major New York Times investigation sheds new light on the debate over the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi. Initially, officials' accounts suggested an anti-Islam video had sparked the violence on Sept. 11, 2012, but Republicans have argued that al-Qaeda was involved, citing a " cover-up ."... More »

Libya Detains 4 US Troops

They were looking into evacuation routes for diplomats; held 4 hours

(Newser) - Four US military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and detained briefly by the Libyan government before being released, say US officials. The exact circumstances remain unclear, but the four were operating in an area near the coastal city of Sabratha, about... More »

US Teacher's Widow: I Forgive Benghazi Killers

Anita Smith: "I want them to know that I do love them"

(Newser) - The widow of a US teacher shot to death in Benghazi tells Anderson Cooper that she forgives his killers. "I don't want any revenge. I just really want them to know that I do love them and I forgive them, and Ronnie would want this," Anita Smith... More »

Slain US Teacher Was Days Away From Leaving Libya

Ronnie Smith beloved by colleagues, students

(Newser) - Ronnie Smith was supposed to be headed home to America for the holidays this week. Instead, the 33-year-old chemistry teacher was shot dead while jogging in Libya this morning . Smith, a US citizen, had taught at the International School in Benghazi for a year and a half and was "... More »

American Teacher Killed While Jogging in Benghazi

US citizen was near US consulate

(Newser) - An American teacher has been killed in Libya, medical and security sources tell Reuters . The US citizen, a man from Texas, was working as a chemistry teacher at an international school in Benghazi, and the AP reports he was shot while jogging near the US consulate. No one has yet... More »

CIA Officials to Testify on Benghazi

House Intelligence subcommittee to hold closed-door hearing

(Newser) - House members may soon know a lot more about what happened during the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. CIA security officers who were on the scene are set to testify in a closed hearing before a House Intelligence subcommittee, insiders tell CNN . The officers, whose job it was... More »

Gunmen Swipe $54M From Libya Central Bank Van

'A catastrophe for the whole of Libya'

(Newser) - Ten gunmen stole $54 million from a bank van as it entered the city of Sirte in Libya after departing the airport, the BBC reports. The cash had come from Libya's central bank in Tripoli. The van had a single security vehicle as protection, and guards "were unable... More »

Libyan Terror Suspect Now in US: Report

Abu Anas al-Libi was being held aboard ship in international waters

(Newser) - A Libyan terrorist suspect who had been detained aboard a US warship is now in the United States, anonymous officials tell the AP. US special operations forces snatched Abu Anas al-Libi (aka Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai) during a raid in Libya on Oct. 5. He was held for questioning aboard the... More »

Blame Libya Abduction on White House Leaks

Obama administration at fault for prime minister's ordeal, Marc Thiessen argues

(Newser) - Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped briefly today in retaliation for consenting to the commando raid that captured Abu Anas al-Libi. How did they know he'd done this? "Simple: The Obama administration told them," writes Marc Thiessen at the Washington Post . Under fire from Congress and... More »

Libya PM Kidnapped, Freed Hours Later

Apparently over government's reported approval of US raid

(Newser) - Libyan PM Ali Zeidan was reportedly kidnapped from the five-star hotel where he lives this morning—and released within hours. The militia that abducted Zeidan says it was simply detaining him over alleged corruption; the justice department and Zeidan's spokesman, however, call it a kidnapping, CNN reports. The New ... More »

Libya Approved Raid: US Officials

2nd raid to capture Benghazi suspect was called off

(Newser) - Despite its complaints about a "kidnapping," the Libyan government gave its tacit approval to the raid that captured al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Libi and a second raid that never took place, American officials tell the New York Times . The second raid would have been to seize Ahmed Abu... More »

US Sends Marines to Italy as Libya Tensions Mount

US ambassador hauled in over al-Libi raid

(Newser) - The US' capture of Abu Anas al-Libi is turning into a full-blown diplomatic incident. Libya's government has summoned the US ambassador for questioning over what it terms the "kidnapping" of the alleged al-Qaeda operative, CNN reports. The US, meanwhile, sees the situation as perilous enough that it has... More »

Captured al-Qaeda Honcho Being Held on Navy Ship

Months of questioning lie ahead for Libyan suspect

(Newser) - Looks like boats are the new Guantanamo Bay: The Libyan al-Qaeda leader captured by American special forces on the weekend is being held on a Navy ship for interrogation and will probably next see land when he is sent to New York City for prosecution, the New York Times reports.... More »

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