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Syrian Rebels Seize Key Provincial City

Fighters smash statue of President Assad's father

(Newser) - Syrian rebels today captured most of the key north-central city of Raqqa, possibly dashing President Bashar al-Assad's hope of ever reclaiming northern and eastern Syria, the New York Times reports. The rebels posted a video of them destroying a statue of al-Assad's father—former President Hafez al-Assad—in... More »

French, Mali Forces Re-Take City After Rebel Canoe Raid

Analysts warn this could be start of guerrilla campaign

(Newser) - It may be too soon to call Mali "mission accomplie," after Islamic rebels renewed fighting in the eastern city of Gao last night, reports the Christian Science Monitor . About a dozen rebels sneaked across the Niger River over the weekend in canoes, placing snipers on buildings to fire... More »

Libya Rebels 'Executed' Gadhafi Loyalists

Report on dictator's final hours suggests he was executed, too

(Newser) - Libyan rebels appear to have "summarily executed at least 66 captured" fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, and probably the dictator himself, when they overran his hometown a year ago, a human rights group said today. The report by Human Rights Watch on alleged rebel abuses that followed the October... More »

New Conspiracy: France Killed Gadhafi to Hide Secrets

Sarkozy allegedly wanted to keep a lid on 'campaign donations'

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists, start your engines. In a new account of Moammar Gadhafi's death, the former Libyan dictator was tracked and killed by a French agent in order to protect France's then-President Nicolas Sarkozy, Time reports. First told by an Italian newspaper, this version of events hinges on the... More »

Libyan Veterans Lend Syrians a Hand

Fighter says rebels hamstrung by lack of no-fly zone

(Newser) - Rebels battling Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria are getting assistance from people who might know a thing or two about getting rid of dictators: Reuters sits down with Hussam Najjar, a Libyan-Irish sniper, who says he is among many veterans of last year's Libyan conflict helping train Syrian... More »

Libya Retakes Tripoli Airport

Disgruntled militiamen stormed site with heavy machine guns

(Newser) - Libya's government has retaken control of the country's main airport from disgruntled militiamen who stormed the Tripoli site with heavy machine guns and armored vehicles today, Libya's interim leader said. In an interview with the Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera, the head of the country's National Transitional... More »

Libyan Militia Seizes Tripoli Airport

Fighting breaks out after standoff

(Newser) - Fighting has broken out between rival militias at the Tripoli airport, witnesses tell Reuters , following a standoff in which one of the militias seized control of the facility. Militia fighters had earlier surrounded the airport, demanding the release of one of their detained leaders. The airport was forced to close,... More »

Fighting Breaks Out Between Libyan Ex-Rebels, 4 Die

Misrata, Tripoli fighters battle over prisoners

(Newser) - A street battle broke out in Tripoli yesterday between two militias that had once been allies against Moammar Gadhafi. Around noon a group of fighters from Misrata drove their gun-mounted pickup trucks up to a makeshift prison run by a Tripoli militia, and demanded they hand over two prisoners, the... More »

Gadhafi Son in 'Good Physical Condition'

But he has no access to lawyer, says Human Rights Watch

(Newser) - Saif al-Islam Gadhafi is imprisoned in isolation and has not been given access to a lawyer, but the son of Moammar Gadhafi is in “good physical condition,” according to Human Rights Watch. In a 30-minute meeting with the group, Gadhafi called his treatment “OK” and said he... More »

Libya Captures Gadhafi's Spy Chief

On heels of capture of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi

(Newser) - The noose continues to tighten around Moammar Gadhafi's inner circle: The Libyan strongman's spy chief has been captured alive today in the southern part of the country, according to Libya's information minister. The capture of Abdullah al-Senoussi comes on the heels of that of Gadhafi's onetime... More »

Libya: We'll Try Gadhafi Son

NTC will not hand Saif al-Islam Gadhafi over to the Hague

(Newser) - The Libyan information minister says Moammar Gadhafi's son and one-time heir apparent will be tried at home and will not be handed over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Mahmoud Shammam says Libya's National Transitional Council will discuss its decision with the ICC's chief prosecutor... More »

How Libya Became 'Hillary's War'

Secretary of state became a central figure

(Newser) - In the early days of the Libyan uprising, Hillary Clinton was skeptical of the US playing a role in unseating Moammar Gadhafi. But less than a month after it began, the secretary of state had become a “strong advocate” of the idea, according to one administration official. From then... More »

Gadhafi Buried at Secret Desert Site

Libyan dictator is buried at dawn with son Mutassim

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's final journey was from a meat locker in Misrata to a grave in a secret desert location. A National Transitional Council spokesman says the bodies of the dictator, his son Mutassim, and his former defense minister "were buried at dawn in a secret place with proper... More »

53 Gadhafi Supporters Apparently Executed

Bodies found in abandoned Sirte hotel on Friday

(Newser) - Troubling news out of Libya: Human Rights Watch discovered the bodies of 53 people yesterday—apparent Gadhafi loyalists who appear to have been executed in the garden of a Sirte hotel. The decomposing bodies, which looked to have been killed between Oct. 14 and 19, were found in an area... More »

After 42 Years, Libya Declares Itself Liberated

Jubilant event celebrates end of Gadhafi regime

(Newser) - The rebels have become rulers, as Libya today declared itself free after 42 years under the iron grip of Moammar Gadhafi. "We declare to the whole world that we have liberated our beloved country, with its cities, villages, hill-tops, mountains, deserts, and skies," said an official at the... More »

Gadhafi Died of Shot to Head: Autopsy

Pathologist will release full report to attorney general

(Newser) - Little surprise here, but an autopsy has concluded that Moammar Gadhafi died of a gunshot to the head. The report was conducted today by Libya's chief pathologist amid international concern over the circumstances of the strongman's death, in light of widespread images of a bloodied but alive Gadhafi... More »

In His Final Days, Gadhafi Tired of Struggle

Aide describes dictator's end, hiding around Sirte

(Newser) - Long accustomed to luxury, Moammar Gadhafi spent his last days shuffling between safe houses in a residential section of Sirte, eking out an increasingly frustrated existence on pasta and rice his guards swiped from empty houses, reports the New York Times . “He would say: ‘Why is there... More »

Obama to Libya: 'You Have Won Your Revolution'

Death marks end of 'long and painful chapter,' he says

(Newser) - President Obama this afternoon praised the news of Moammar Gadhafi's death , calling it "the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya," reports AP . "Today we can definitively say that the Gadhafi regime has come to an end." And to the... More »

Clinton Gets Gadhafi News on BlackBerry

And she says ... 'wow'

(Newser) - So how does a world leader react to big world news? Pretty much the way everyone else does, apparently. "Wow," says Hillary Clinton when she sees unconfirmed reports of Moammar Gadhafi's capture on her BlackBerry. "Huh." (See the CBS video below.) Then she tells... More »

Don't Shoot, Cried Gadhafi: Reports

Libya PM confirms death; White House expected to comment soon

(Newser) - The graphic photos have been making the rounds (if you've haven't seen them, and can stomach it, page through the gallery), as updates on the death of Moammar Gadhafi pour in. The news remains unconfirmed by US officials, but the AP reports that reaction from the White House... More »

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