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Meet the CIA-trained renegade Libyan general who waging war on Islamists in Benghazi

Under clear desert skies and a sweltering sun, a team of CIA trainers put the Libyan exile commander through his paces, teaching sabotage and tactics to his small band of fighters. Back then, in the 1980s, they dreamed of the day they could go home and topple Muammar Gaddafi. Khalifa…

Sarkozy’s ex-wife ‘berated’ Libya’s Gaddafi: ‘Don’t stand so close to me!’

Cécilia Attias — who divorced former-French president Nicolas Sarkozy shortly after his 2007 election victory — claims in a new book that she berated and insulted the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi when she was sent to secure the freedom of six medics facing execution. The five Bulgarian nurses and…

Billionaire Saudi prince loses UK court battle over Gaddafi jet

LONDON (Reuters) – A billionaire Saudi prince lost a London court battle on Wednesday when a judge ordered that he should pay a $10-million commission linked to the sale of a luxurious private jet to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The High Court ruling is an embarrassment for Prince Alwaleed…

Algeria seizes missiles smuggled from Libya: source

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian security forces have found a large cache of weapons, including shoulder-fired missiles, which they believe were smuggled in from neighboring Libya, a security source briefed on the discovery told Reuters on Saturday. The find follows warnings from governments in the region that instability in Libya after…

Reuters Exclusive: The capture of Gaddafi’s son

OBARI, Libya (Reuters) – The chic black sweater and jeans were gone. So too the combat khaki T-shirt of his televised last stand in Tripoli. Designer stubble had become bushy black beard after months on the run. But the rimless glasses, framing those piercing eyes above that straight fine nose,…

Megrahi says his Lockerbie role exaggerated

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, said his role in the attack had been exaggerated and the truth about what really happened would emerge soon. Al-Megrahi, released from a Scottish prison two years ago because he was suffering…

Libyan rebels must talk to Gaddafi’s government: France

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – France’s defense minister has said it is time for Libya’s rebels to negotiate with Muammar Gaddafi’s government, signaling growing impatience with progress in the conflict. Gaddafi’s son, in an interview with an Algerian newspaper on Monday, said the Libyan leader’s government was in talks with the French…

France defends arms airlift to Libya rebels

NEW YORK/MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – France said it did not break a U.N. arms embargo by airlifting weapons to Libya’s rebels because the arms were needed to defend civilians under threat. France on Wednesday became the first NATO country to openly acknowledge arming rebels seeking to topple Muammar Gaddafi, who…

Deal to end war in Libya may be imminent

Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council says that intermediaries have informed him that Muamar al Gaddafi is ready to make a deal to end the current conflict.…

House rejects measure authorizing Libya mission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – War-fatigued lawmakers in the House of Representatives took a symbolic swipe at President Barack Obama’s Libya policy on Friday, rejecting a resolution that would have authorized his limited military intervention against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi for a year. The Republican-led House, upset over Obama’s failure to seek…

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