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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…

The secrets of Saif Gaddafi’s jail: chef, satellite TV and a basketball court for just one

Muammar Gaddafi’s eldest son is due to be taken to a prison within a prison in the suburbs of Tripoli to await trial. Behind a grey forbidding wall on the outskirts of the Libyan capital sits a secret prison constructed to hold just one prisoner – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. The…

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,…

Rice tells Stewart: Gaddafi wrote a song about me

On Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart interviewed ex-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to talk about a variety of topics — including former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s bizarre fixation with her. “Several of my foreign minister colleagues had told me, before back in 2008 I went to…

ICC fears Gaddafi’s son will flee from justice

TRIPOLI/BEIJING (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court said Saturday that Libya’s Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was in contact via intermediaries about surrendering for trial, but it also had information mercenaries were trying to spirit him to a friendly African nation. U.S. military and government representatives held security talks in neighboring Niger…

Libya’s Saif al-Islam bids to escape father’s fate

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is expected to try to surrender to the International Criminal Court or seek refuge in a friendly African country as he races to escape his father’s fate. The Hague-based ICC said on Friday the 39-year-old had been in touch. It urged him to…

ICC prosecutor in contact with Gaddafi’s son over surrender

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court prosecutor said Friday that his office was in “informal contact” with the late Muammar Gaddafi’s fugitive son Saif al-Islam over his possible surrender to the war crimes court. Saif al-Islam went on the run after forces loyal to Libya’s new rulers captured…

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