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McCain: U.S. should arm Libyan rebels

(Reuters) – Senator John McCain Friday called on the United States to recognize Libyan rebels as the true voice of the Libyan people and transfer frozen Libyan assets to them. McCain, speaking to reporters while visiting the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi, also called for NATO to step up its…

U.S. begins using armed drones in Libya: Gates

(Reuters) – The United States is starting to use armed Predator drones in Libya to target Muammar Gaddafi’s forces after President Barack Obama approved their use, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday. The unmanned aircraft, already used to target militants along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, will allow for more precise…

France, Britain call for more NATO bombs on Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – France and Britain, who first launched air attacks on Libya in coalition with the United States, said on Tuesday NATO must step up bombing of Muammar Gaddafi’s heavy weapons to protect civilians. NATO took over air operations from the three nations on March 31 but heavy government…

Gaddafi accepts ‘peace roadmap’ from African leaders

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi has accepted a roadmap for ending the civil war in Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said after leading a delegation of African leaders at talks in Tripoli. Zuma, who with four other African heads of state met Gaddafi for several hours at the Libyan…

Eight Libyan rebels die in fighting on Misrata road

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said they repelled a government attack on Misrata on Saturday and praised a “positive change” from NATO after it carried out several air strikes on Gaddafi’s forces there. The fighting centered on theNakl al-Theqeel road to Misrata’s rebel-controlled port, where a Red Cross-chartered vessel carrying medical…

Prospects fade for military overthrow of Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan government forces tried to storm into the besieged city of Misrata on Friday as NATO generals acknowledged their air power was not enough to help insurgents remove Muammar Gaddafi by force alone. Misrata, a lone rebel outpost in the west of the country, has been under…

Gaddafi using human shields to curb air strikes: NATO

AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is using human shields to foil air strikes on his forces, NATO officials said on Wednesday as rebels angry at alleged Western inaction battled anew to advance on the key coast road. In their eastern heartland, the ragged, ill-trained rebels set out again to…

Strikes destroy nearly 30 percent of Libya’s military power: NATO

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Western powers have destroyed nearly a third of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s military power since launching a military campaign against him last month, NATO officials said on Tuesday. The area around the Libyan city of Misrata – the only major town in western Libya where a revolt against Gaddafi that began seven…

Libya air strikes aid rebels as diplomacy stalls

BREGA, Libya (Reuters) – A Western air strike destroyed two of Muammar Gaddafi’s military vehicles in the east Libyan oil town of Brega on Tuesday allowing rebels to edge forward, but diplomatic efforts to end the war remained stalled. The frontline has been bogged down around Brega for nearly a week…

Libyan envoy in Europe, seeking to end the ‘hell’ of civil war

BREGA/ATHENS (Reuters) – A Libyan envoy was in Europe on Monday seeking to end the oil-producing country’s bloody civil war that has become locked in a battlefield stalemate between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. Libya wanted a negotiated political settlement, Greek officials said, because a military solution to the…

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