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United States ready to give asylum to alleged Libya rape victim

WASHINGTON — The United States is prepared to welcome a Libyan woman who accused soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi of raping her as long as she goes through the normal refugee process, a senior US official said Tuesday. The woman, Iman al-Obeidi, is currently at the emergency transit…

Libya rebels plead for foreign forces or ‘we will die’

MISRATA, Libya — A rebel official in Libya’s besieged city of Misrata pleaded desperately on Tuesday for Britain and France to send troops to help fight strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s forces, saying “if they don’t, we will die.” In the first request by any insurgents for boots on the ground, a…

NATO launches air strikes against Misrata, Ajdabiya

BENGHAZI, Libya – NATO launched air strikes against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s troops in the stricken port city of Misrata on Sunday after regime forces killed at least 11 people there over the weekend, rebels said. And in Brussels, an alliance official confirmed to AFP that NATO warplanes had destroyed…

Outgunned Libyan rebels on the run as air strikes resume

AJDABIYA, Libya – Libyan rebels were driven back some 200 kilometres by the superior firepower of Moamer Kadhafi’s forces on Wednesday in a chaotic stampede which saw them yield most of the ground their recent advances had secured. But the first air strike in two days against loyalist positions in…

Obama: US interests, values at stake in Libya

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama Monday told Americans his actions had stopped a “massacre” in Libya, but warned a military campaign to oust Moamer Kadhafi could repeat the bloodshed and misery of Iraq. Obama mounted a firm defense of his decision to launch air strikes and launch a no-fly zone…

NATO blasts Gaddafi home town

BIN JAWAD, Libya (AFP) – Loyalist troops on Monday halted a rebel advance on Moamer Kadhafi’s home town Sirte, which was pounded overnight by coalition jets after NATO took command of military operations in Libya. An AFP reporter said rebels who for the past two days have raced westwards towards…

Libyan rebel push towards Tripoli gathers momentum

BIN JAWAD, Libya – Libyan rebels’ push westwards towards Tripoli gathered momentum on Sunday as their pursuit of Moamer Kadhafi’s forces saw them wrest back control of key oil town Ras Lanuf. Their next target is Kadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, a central coastal city, and on the way they captured…

Air raids ‘could fuel mutiny’ in Gaddafi regime

CAIRO, Egypt – Western air strikes on Libya could fuel a possible mutiny inside Moamer Kadhafi’s regime and bolster the ranks of opposition forces, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday. Although the endgame in Libya remained unclear, Gates said during a visit to Egypt that mounting pressure on…

Libyan troops target rebels after air force ‘destroyed’

NEAR AJDABIYA, Libya – Libyan forces hammered rebel cities on Wednesday with tank fire forcing civilians to flee as a top British officer said Moamer Kadhafi’s air force had been almost obliterated. At the end of a day of bitter fighting in key rebel strongholds, forces loyal to Libyan strongman…

Defiant Kadhafi says Libya ‘ready for battle’

TRIPOLI (AFP) – A defiant Moamer Kadhafi said Libya was “ready for battle” as Western leaders mulled their next steps on Wednesday, the fifth day of UN-backed military strikes on his oil-rich country. “We will win this battle,” footage showed Kadhafi telling supporters at his Bab Al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli…

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