Posted tagged ‘Libya’

Moammar Gadhafi Killed

October 20, 2011

According to Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril,  dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the most wanted man in the world, has been killed.

From Reuters:

Details of the death near Sirte of the fallen strongman were hazy but it was announced by several officials of the National Transitional Council (NTC) and backed up by a photograph of a bloodied face ringed by familiar, Gaddafi-style curly hair.

“He was killed in an attack by the fighters. There is footage of that,” the NTC’s information minister, Mahmoud Shammam, told Reuters.

Western powers, who have backed the rebellion which took the capital Tripoli two months ago, said they were still checking. NATO said its aircraft fired on a convoy near Sirte earlier, but would not confirm reports that Gaddafi had been a passenger.

Osama Bin Laden Dead

May 1, 2011

The mastermind of the worst terrorist attack on American soil has been killed.

In a speech made this evening by President Barack Obama, U.S. special forces have killed Osama bin Laden.

Now…let’s see the photos…

From MSNBC:

“Justice has been done,” the president declared as crowds formed outside the White House to celebrate, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “We Are the Champions,” NBC News reported.

Obama said the 54-year-old bin Laden, whom he called a terrorist “responsible for the murder of thousands of American men, women and children,” was killed in Pakistan earlier in the day after a firefight in a military operation that was based on U.S. intelligence. Other U.S. officials said one of bin Laden’s sons and two of his most trusted couriers also were killed, as was an unidentified woman who was used as a human shield.

Syria May Study Lifting Emergency

March 31, 2011

Syria plans to study the idea of lifting the country’s state of emergency and investigate the deaths of civilians and troops in two regions.

From CNN:

The moves come amid countrywide protests that have left dozens dead in Daraa and Latakia provinces, according to activists and human rights organizations.

President Bashar al-Assad ordered the Supreme Judicial Council to form a committee that would conduct “an immediate investigation in all cases that killed a number of civilians and military personnel.”

“The committee will work in accordance with the law provisions and may use the help of anyone it deems appropriate to accomplish the task entrusted to it. It also has the right to request any information or documents from any party whatsoever,” the report said.

Egypt to Announce New Constitution

March 30, 2011

The current military leadership in Egypt is prepared to announce a constitutional declaration that will operate as a working constitution during the current political transitional period. This announcement is expected today.

From CNN:

General Mamdouh Shahin, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, will give a news conference Wednesday morning to officially announce the constitutional declaration, that includes eight amended articles of which were endorsed in a historic referendum held on March 19.

The constitutional declaration, which will override the current 1971 constitution, will define the powers of the executive and judicial branches as well as institute laws to govern the presidential and parliamentarian election processes.

Lockerbie Bomber to be Released Soon

August 13, 2009

Scottish officials are considering granting an early release for the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi.

From MSNBC:

British media reports saying Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi could soon be freed on compassionate grounds reignited the fierce debate about whether justice has been done for victims of the attack that killed 270 people — most of them Americans.

The Scottish government dismissed as speculation the reports by Sky News and BBC television that he could be released next week, and said the region’s justice minister had yet to review all case information before deciding whether to release al-Megrahi.

“The review is ongoing,” government spokeswoman Fiona Wilson said, adding that Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill had yet to review the entire case file. She expected a decision by the end of August.

Neither the BBC nor Sky News cited sources for their reports.

Condoleezza Rice Meets With Libyan Leader Moammar Gaddafi

September 6, 2008

Pardon the possible spelling mistake on Gaddafi’s name. I have been reading about this meeting and I have seen 5 different spellings in numerous different publications so I’ll try to use just one.

The United States and Libya held a historic meeting today between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. Rice’s visit comes amid a surge in interest from U.S. companies, particularly in the energy sector, in doing business in Libya, where European companies have had much greater access in recent times. Gaddafi wore a white robe with a green and yellow sash patterned in outlines of the African continent as he welcomed Rice for the highest-level visit by an American official in his 39 years in power.

Nasser Nasser / Associated Press

Credit: Nasser Nasser / Associated Press

From the Associated Press:

The mercurial Gaddhafi welcomed Rice to his compound with incense and a genteel bow. The compound in the Libyan capital of Tripoli is the same one that the United States bombed in 1986 in retaliation for what president Reagan claimed was Libya’s involvement in a terror bombing that killed two U.S. servicemen.

Rice was spending only a few hours in Tripoli on Friday, but the visit represented Gaddafi’s rehabilitation after renouncing terrorism and giving up weapons of mass destruction.

Rice said that her historic visit to former pariah state Libya proves that the U.S. never writes off another nation forever.

Rice is the highest-ranking American official to visit the North African country in more than a half-century.

“There is a long way to go but I do believe that this demonstrates that the United States doesn’t have permanent enemies,” Rice said as she flew to the capital. Rice said she had not expected she would ever go to Libya.

Rice was welcomed with a modest ceremony at the airport and was meeting with Libya’s foreign minister before the highlight of the brief visit — dinner with Qadhafi at his sprawling Tripoli compound which was once destroyed in 1986. Tipped that warplanes were flying toward Tripoli, Gadhafi and most of his family tried to flee. Gadhafi escaped injury but his 15-month-old daughter was killed, and two of his sons were injured.

From Bloomberg:

The two met in the heavily fortified complex of buildings and roads surrounded by a 15-foot-high wall, the same compound the U.S. bombed in 1986 in retaliation for a Libyan-linked attack on a Berlin nightclub in which two U.S. soldiers died.

With reporters allowed into the incense-fragranced room to witness the encounter, Gaddafi put his hand to his heart in greeting and asked how Rice was. “I’m very well, thank you,” she answered.

Gaddafi, speaking in Arabic through an interpreter, asked about the impact of Hurricane Gustav on the U.S. Gulf Coast this week. Rice recounted that, while Gustav had done less damage than feared, other tropical storms were churning toward the U.S.

They then went into a private meeting to talk about energy and counter-terrorism, among other topics. The trip “comes out of a historic decision that Libya made to give up its weapons of mass destruction and to renounce terrorism,” Rice said in Lisbon earlier today before flying into Libya. She said a Libya that is changing and “more open” would benefit the world.

Gaddafi has been the de facto leader of Libya since a 1969 coup. Although Gaddafi holds no public office or title, he is accorded the honorifics “Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya” or “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution” in government statements and the official press.