Libya no-fly zone

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Guess What? 'Leading From Behind' Worked!

Obama's gambit pays off in Libya, Steve Kornacki observes

(Newser) - It looks like Moammar Gadhafi’s regime could be as good as gone, and that victory ought to put to bed “a particularly obnoxious anti-Obama talking point from hawks on the right—the idea that he’s excessively deferential, naïve, and just plain weak on the world stage,... More »

Obama Interrupts Vacation to Cheer Libya Rebels

President offers audio statement during vacation

(Newser) - Barack Obama couldn't let the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's regime pass without comment, so the vacationing president issued an audio statement today praising NATO and the rebels and calling on Gadhafi to publicly step down. "The celebrations that we’ve seen in the streets of Libya show... More »

Can Gadhafi Outlast NATO?

Pressure ramping up to end conflict

(Newser) - Fifteen weeks into its Libyan campaign, NATO is getting restless. The eight nations involved in the campaign can’t get the other 20 off the bench, and many seem to disagree on strategy. Norway, whose tiny air force has carried out a disproportionate 10% of the airstrikes, has set an... More »

US: Gadhafi Wants to Skip Town

Bombings drive Libyan leader to pack his bags

(Newser) - NATO’s bombing campaign has Moammar Gadhafi “seriously considering” getting out of Dodge—or in this case Tripoli—according to new US intelligence reports. It seems Gadhafi doesn’t intend to leave the country altogether, but he “doesn’t feel safe anymore” in the capital, an official briefed... More »

House to Vote on Resolution to End Libya Mission

...or to authorize it once and for all

(Newser) - John Boehner intends to give the House a binary choice: Either vote to authorize the US’ mission in Libya, or vote to end it. Boehner will meet with House Republicans this morning to discuss a pair of measures that he could bring to the floor by Friday, the Hill reports.... More »

NATO Blames Target Flaw in New Civilian Strike

Missiles hit civilians twice in less than a week

(Newser) - The killing of two babies and seven other Libyan civilians in a NATO raid has been linked to a suspected "weapons systems failure." A NATO official revealed the problem as he apologized yesterday for the "loss of innocent civilian lives," adding that the operation takes "... More »

Gates: NATO Full of Freeloaders

Outgoing defense secretary says US picking up tab for Europe's defense

(Newser) - Robert Gates had some harsh words for NATO today, saying that many of the US’ allies are “apparently willing and eager for American taxpayers to assume the growing security burden left by reductions in European defense budgets.” Gates was speaking at a think tank in Brussels, where his... More »

Obama Unites Parties ... Against His Libya Evasions

It's time for him to obey the War Powers Resolution

(Newser) - President Obama has finally gotten Democrats and Republicans to agree on something. Unfortunately for him, it’s their distaste for his “odd stand on the Libyan war’s legality,” a Washington Times editorial observes. With this resolution , Congress told the president that his present stance on Libya—that... More »

Gadhafi Offers Truce as NATO Strikes Tripoli

Bombs hit government buildings during Libyan leader's speech

(Newser) - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi called for a ceasefire and negotiations with NATO powers in a live speech on state TV early Saturday, just as NATO bombs struck a government complex in the Libyan capital. The targeted compound included the state television building and a Libyan official alleged the strikes were... More »

Rebels: Gadhafi Days Away From Retaking Misrata

European troops may enter besieged city

(Newser) - The last western Libyan city still in rebel hands is likely to fall to Moammar Gadhafi's forces within days unless NATO steps up its intervention, a rebel spokesman says. Misrata has been under seige for seven weeks and its people are like "rats in a cage," the... More »

NATO Jets Running Out of Bombs in Libya

Which might mean US fighter pilots get called back to action

(Newser) - NATO apparently figured Moammar Gadhafi would fold quickly: Its fighter jets are running low on laser-guided bombs, a development that could make it harder for US pilots to stay on the sidelines, reports the Washington Post . The twist: The US has plenty of such bombs, but they don't fit... More »

Libya Rebels Advance to Brega

Leader says key oil town within reach

(Newser) - An officer with Libya's rebels says after four days of holding back, his forces have advanced to the strategic oil town of Brega. Col. Hamid Hassy said today that following scattered clashes with government forces, the rebels were now near the massive oil facilities—and have with them engineers... More »

US Planes Still Bombing Libya

Warplanes enforcing no-fly zone, Pentagon says

(Newser) - American warplanes have attacked sites in Libya three times since the US said it was ending its air combat role in Libya earlier this month, the Pentagon has confirmed. Defense officials say the American attacks on surface-to-air missiles sites do not contradict administration claims to have shifted US involvement to... More »

How Rebels Hijacked Gadhafi's Phone Network

System allows for critical battlefield communications

(Newser) - Until a week and a half ago, rebel forces in Libya were waving flags at each other to communicate on the battlefield, because Moammar Gadhafi had cut off their telephone and Internet service. But now that’s all changed thanks to a plan a Libyan-American telecom executive drew up on... More »

France: NATO Not Doing Enough in Libya

But NATO insists it's doing just fine, thanks

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi’s forces let loose a hail of rockets and shells on Ajdabiya and Misrata today, prompting calls from France for NATO to step up its game in Libya. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said NATO’s actions were “not enough,” and that it needed to target... More »

Gadhafi Thwarting NATO Strikes With Human Shields

NATO says that's why air support has seemed lacking

(Newser) - Libyan rebels have been complaining in recent days about the decline in air support from NATO, but there’s a good reason for it, American and European diplomats tell the Washington Post : Moammar Gadhafi’s forces have positioned themselves in densely populated areas, and NATO doesn’t want to risk... More »

Gadhafi to Obama: Good Luck in 2012, Please Stop Bombing Me

He writes another letter to the president

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi has written a rambling but cordial letter to President Obama in which he wishes him luck in 2012 but pleads with Obama to stop "an unjust war," reports AP . Some excerpts, complete with typos:
  • "You are a man who has enough courage to annul a
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Ex-Congressman to Meet With Gadhafi in Libya

Curt Weldon once proposed selling arms to Tripoli: Wired

(Newser) - A former GOP congressman is in Libya today to meet with Moammar Gadhafi to try to persuade him to step down, reports CNN . "I’ve met him enough times to know that it will be very hard to simply bomb him into submission," writes Curt Weldon in a... More »

In Libya, Photos Bear Witness to Gadhafi's Torture

Meanwhile, ICC claims Libya ordered killing of civilians

(Newser) - In pictures uncovered by journalists in Zawiyah, the dead prisoners of Moammar Gadhafi's forces are shown naked or clad only in underwear, hands bound, backs scarred. Other pictures depict ominous scenes: Puddles of blood, a saw. The pictures were discovered in a burned-out police station, where one worker pointed to... More »

FBI Tracking Down Libyans in US

It's afraid Gadhafi will launch terrorist counterattacks

(Newser) - The FBI has begun questioning the thousands of Libyans living in the US, in the hopes of routing out any that might be agents of Moammar Gadhafi. The interviews, which began this week, will initially focus on people with personal or professional ties to Libya, with a particular emphasis on... More »

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