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Spokesman denies Gaddafi’s son killed in NATO raid

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A Libyan government spokesman on Friday denied reports that Muammar Gaddafi’s youngest son, brigade commander Khamis Gaddafi, had been killed in a NATO air strike. “It’s false news. They invented the news about Mr Khamis Gaddafi in Zlitan to cover up their killing,” Moussa Ibrahim told Reuters…

War to go on even if NATO bombing ends: Gaddafi camp

TRIPOLI/ZLITAN, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s camp has vowed to push on with its war against rebels whether or not NATO stops its bombing campaign, leaving little room for diplomacy to end the five-month conflict. The rebels and their Western backers kept up the pressure on the veteran…

Libyan rebels apparently kill their own military commander

By Rania El Gamal BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s rebel military commander was shot dead in an incident shrouded in mystery, dealing a blow to the Western-backed forces struggling to topple Muammar Gaddafi. Rebels said Abdel Fattah Younes, long a member of the veteran leader’s inner circle before defecting in…

McCain knocks Republicans for challenging Obama on Libya

WASHINGTON – As the House GOP prepares to throw a wrench into President Barack Obama’s military operation in Libya, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) accused Republicans of attacking his former 2008 rival for partisan gain. “Is this the time for Congress to turn against this policy? Is this the time time…

Prosecutor seeks Gaddafi arrest over protest deaths

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – An international prosecutor on Monday sought an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi accusing him of committing crimes against humanity by killing protesters during an uprising against his 41-year rule. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, International Criminal Court prosecutor, also asked judges, who now need to see if…

Adm. Mullen: Libya moving to ‘stalemate’

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – The top U.S. military officer said air strikes had hobbled Libyan forces but the conflict was moving into “stalemate” as Muammar Gaddafi’s troops pressed on with their punishing siege of rebel Misrata. Rebels welcomed U.S. plans to deploy unmanned aircraft, typically operated remotely from the United…

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…

Obama says U.S. must be cautious about oil reserve

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, in an ABC interview aired on Friday, said the United States must be “very careful” about releasing oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve at a time of uncertainty in the Middle East. “We are monitoring the situation very closely. The strategic petroleum reserve was…

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 exit ‘was discussed’ at meeting of African leaders

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – An African Union official said Monday the issue of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s stepping down had been discussed during peace talks in Tripoli. “There was some discussion on this but I cannot report on this. It has to remain confidential,” said Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and…

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