In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Mar03

Recruiting and training civilians for attack against Gaddafi in Tripoli

March 03 2011 As the defectors from the Libyan army organize the weapons they have recovered from Muammar Gaddafi’s strongholds in the region, thousands of Libyan men are volunteering to join the soldiers in a possible attack on Tripoli to oust Gaddafi from power. On Tuesday at a basketball court behind a local high school, soldiers were teaching marching techniques to new recruits –ranging from 18 to 60 years old. An officer at a nearby desk jotted down the names and blood types of the volunteers. Over the past two days this recruiting station has assembled about 4,000 people, the officer said. At a larger army base outside of Benghazi, the total volunteer force is reported to...

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Feb28

UN sanctions placed on Gaddafi’s Libyan regime

Feb 28 2011 The council demanded a Libya take ‘steps to address the legitimate demands of the population’ [Reuters] The UN Security Council has unanimously imposed travel bans and asset freezes on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, members of his family and inner circle. Saturday’s resolution adopted by the 15-nation council also called for the immediate referral of the deadly crackdown against anti-government demonstrators in Libya to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for investigation and possible prosecution of anyone responsible for killing civilians. The council demanded an “immediate end to the violence and for steps to address the legitimate demands...

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Feb27

How Gaddafi’s ‘words’ get lost in translation

Feb 27 2011 Col Muammar Gaddafi’s speeches this week will have struck many viewers as crazy and perhaps pathetic, with their overblown rhetoric, theatrical delivery and furious calls to arms against the “drug-takers” who oppose him. But the speech on Tuesday – broadcast live on television from what looked like a ruined garden shed – brought huge crowds out into the streets celebrating into the early hours with music and fireworks. Oratory is out of fashion with us – no longer do our statesmen hold the House of Commons in thrall for eight hours at a go. But Mr Gaddafi is also a bad joke throughout the Arab world outside Libya. How can that be? The Arabic...

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