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  1. #1 The Battle for TRIPOLI,Libya,Gadhafi Loyalists Fight Back.. 
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    Fighting Flares in Tense Tripoli..Gadhafi Loyalists Stiffen Resistance as Strongman Remains at Large

    TRIPOLI, Libya—A nervous limbo, punctuated by gunfire, took hold of Libya's capital Monday, one day after opponents of Col. Moammar Gadhafi rolled triumphantly into the central square here—damping hopes by rebels and their international allies that the strongman's supporters would melt away.

    Machine-gun and antiaircraft rounds could be heard throughout the day in Tripoli, as residents said loyalist gunmen had taken up positions in several neighborhoods. Rebels who attempted to turn an old police academy into their military headquarters quickly came under heavy fire, sending a stream of casualties to a makeshift clinic.

    Green Square, where rebel troops had celebrated Sunday after marching largely unopposed into Col. Gadhafi's stronghold capital, appeared to be a no man's land. Roads leading to the square were made impassable by what locals said were loyalist snipers.

    Amid the uncertainty, one of Col. Gadhafi's sons, thought to have been captured by the rebels a day earlier, showed up at a Tripoli hotel and invited foreign journalists on a tour of the city, according to news reports

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...LEFTTopStories
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    CONFUSION IN LIBYA...Qaddafi’s Son Taunts Rebels in Tripoli

    TRIPOLI, Libya — The euphoria that followed the rebels’ triumphant march in Tripoli gave way to confusion and wariness on Monday, as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi remained at large, his son Seif al-Islam made a surprise appearance at a hotel with foreign journalists, and pockets of loyalist forces stubbornly resisted
    While rebel leaders professed to be making progress in securing Tripoli and planning for a post-Qaddafi government, and international leaders hailed the beginnings of a new era in Libya, the immediate aftermath of the lightning invasion was a vacuum of power, with no cohesive rebel government in place and remnants of the Qaddafi government still in evidence.

    Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, whose capture the rebels had trumpeted since Sunday, walked as a free man to the Qaddafi-controlled luxury Rixos Hotel in the center of Tripoli early Tuesday, boasting to foreign journalists there that his father’s government was still “in control” and had lured the rebels into a trap, the BBC and news services reported.

    His appearance raised significant questions about the credibility of rebel leaders.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/wo...tml?_r=1&hp%22

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    Loyalists strike back...Battle for Tripoli not yet over as Gaddafi loyalists strike back

    TRIPOLI, Libya — Forces loyal to the fugitive Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi struck back Monday against the rebel fighters who had swept euphorically into the capital the night before, forcing them to retreat from several strategic locations and tempering hopes that the battle for Tripoli was all but over.

    The dramatic appearance Monday night of Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam at the Rixos hotel, where the Tripoli-based press corps remains trapped, contradicted the rebels’ assertion the day before that they had captured him and cast into doubt their claim of controlling 80 percent of the capital.

    Video footage recorded by the Reuters news agency showed Saif al-Islam being greeted by supporters. “To hell with the ICC,” he said, in reference to the International Criminal Court, which has issued a warrant for his arrest. “We assure the people that things are fine in Libya.”

    The BBC and CNN quoted him as telling reporters that government forces had lured the rebels into a trap and “broken the back” of the opposition army and that pro-Gaddafi forces are back in control of the city.

    The confusion made the assertion impossible to confirm, but with gunfire and explosions echoing ominously through the streets and Gaddafi’s whereabouts still unknown, it was clear that the capital was far from secure.

    President Obama and other world leaders declared an end to Gaddafi’s nearly 42-year-long rule and hailed the courage of the Libyan people. The leaders said they were looking forward to cooperating with a new Libyan government, which presumably would be led by the opposition’s Transitional National Council, based in the eastern city of Benghazi.

    Obama cautioned that “the situation is still very fluid.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...yVJ_print.html

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    SHOCK: Gadhafi's 'detained' son makes defiant appearance....Live blog: Gadhafi son reappears in Tripoli

    As Libyan rebels fought to consolidate their hold on Tripoli on Monday and early Tuesday, reports emerged that two sons of Libya's longtime leader were free despite earlier reports that rebels had captured them.

    Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, appeared to reporters in a convoy of armored Land Cruisers in Tripoli on Tuesday morning, more than a day after rebels claimed they had captured him. Hours earlier, Libya's ambassador to the United States said that one of Moammar Gadhafi's other sons, Mohammed Gadhafi, had escaped.

    Fighting continued Monday between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in Tripoli, the latest installment of battles in a months-long uprising in Libya. Here are the latest developments:

    [Updated at 11:39 p.m. ET, 5:39 a.m. Tuesday in Libya] Three surface-to-surface missiles were fired within Libya on Monday evening, NATO said in a statement. The alliance said it was not aware of damages or casualties.
    The missiles were fired from the area of Sirte, the hometown of Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi. Initial reports indicate they landed in the coastal area of Misrata, "most likely at sea or on the shore," NATO said.

    "The use of such missiles presents a direct threat to innocent people. Although the surface-to-surface missiles in (Gadhafi's) arsenal are highly inaccurate, and are not designed to hit a specific target, they are a weapon of terror. Their use against an urban or industrial area is utterly irresponsible," NATO said.

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/22...under-assault/

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    US Military Intervention in Libya Cost At Least $896 Million

    Somewhere in Washington DC Samantha Power,Special Assistant to President, Is Chewing Her Fingernails ?
    Power is “a patriot’s nightmare — a woman determined to subordinate America’s national sovereignty” to her own vision of how the world ought to work and what global role the US ought to play.....

    The cost of U.S. military intervention in Libya has cost American taxpayers an estimated $896 million through July 31, the Pentagon said today.

    The price tag includes the amounts for daily military operations, munitions used in the operation and humanitarian assistance for the Libyan people.

    The U.S. has also promised $25 million in non-lethal aid to the Libyan Transitional National Council, half of which the Defense Department has already on MRE’s (military lingo for Meals, Ready to Eat).

    The military delivered 120,000 Halal MRE’s to Benghazi in May and a second shipment that included medical supplies, boots, tents, uniforms, and personal protective gear in June.

    While Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appears on the way out, NATO says flight missions over Tripoli will continue, with the U.S. playing a role in helping to keep a tight window over the area that’s been in effect for weeks.

    Over the past 12 days, U.S. planes have flown 391 sorties for a total of 5,316 since April 1, according to figures provided by the Defense Department. That total includes 1,210 airstrike missions over the same three and a half month period. The U.S. has also conducted 101 Predator drone strike missions in Libya

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpu...-million-.html
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    Fighting Flares in Tense Tripoli ....

    TRIPOLI, Libya—A nervous limbo, punctuated by gunfire, took hold of Libya's capital Monday, one day after opponents of Col. Moammar Gadhafi rolled triumphantly into the central square here—damping hopes by rebels and their international allies that the strongman's supporters would melt away.

    Machine-gun and antiaircraft rounds could be heard throughout the day in Tripoli, as residents said loyalist gunmen had taken up positions in several neighborhoods. Rebels who attempted to turn an old police academy into their military headquarters quickly came under heavy fire, sending a stream of casualties to a makeshift clinic.

    Green Square, where rebel troops had celebrated Sunday after marching largely unopposed into Col. Gadhafi's stronghold capital, appeared to be a no man's land. Roads leading to the square were made impassable by what locals said were loyalist snipers.

    Amid the uncertainty, one of Col. Gadhafi's sons, thought to have been captured by the rebels a day earlier, showed up at a Tripoli hotel and invited foreign journalists on a tour of the city, according to news reports.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000..._largeHeadline

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    Analysis: Libya's next phase carries risks for U.S.

    President Barack Obama was a cautious leader in the drive to topple Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and could face even greater risks as Libya embarks on a messy transition to a post-Gaddafi era.

    But the United States -- despite deep economic problems and unpopular and costly military commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan -- may yet find itself saddled with an important role in Libya's political reconstruction.

    As rebel forces surged into Tripoli and Gaddafi became a hunted man, Obama acknowledged the conflict had reached a "tipping point" but emphasized that what comes next is up to the Libyans.

    "This much is clear: the Gaddafi regime is coming to an end, and the future of Libya is in the hands of its people," Obama said in a statement on Monday. He pledged the United States would work with the rebels and its international allies to support a peaceful transition to democracy.

    The Pentagon reinforced the cautious message, saying Obama's promise not to commit U.S. troops in the rebel's ground war would also rule out deployments in the aftermath of the battle against Gaddafi.

    While it is rich in oil and natural gas, a post-Gaddafi Libya will face a myriad challenges: devastated infrastructure, temptation for revenge killings and no modern history of democratic rule.

    One former U.S. diplomat with extensive experience in the Middle East said Libya's complicated tribal and political landscape could unravel in a "Somalia-like scenario", further underlining the need for caution.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...77L71Z20110822
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    REPORT: New draft constitution holds Sharia as 'Principal Source'...

    The dust has not yet settled over the Libyan capital of Tripoli since rebels took control over the weekend. But already, a draft constitutional charter for the transitional state has appeared online (embedded below). It is just a draft, mind you, and gauging its authenticity at this point is difficult. There is also no way to know whether this draft or something similar will emerge as the final governing document for a new Libyan regime.

    As both the Morning Bell and Washington in a Flash noted today, Heritage Fellow Jim Phillips recently pointed out that Islamist forces “appear to make up a small but not insignificant part of the opposition coalition,” and must be prevented “from hijacking Libya’s future.” Parts of the draft Constitution allay those fears, while others exacerbate them.

    Much of the document describes political institutions that will sound familiar to citizens of Western liberal democracies, including rule of law, freedom of speech and religious practice, and a multi-party electoral system.

    But despite the Lockean tenor of much of the constitution, the inescapable clause lies right in Part 1, Article 1: “Islam is the Religion of the State, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).” Under this constitution, in other words, Islam is law. That makes other phrases such as “there shall be no crime or penalty except by virtue of the law” and “Judges shall be independent, subject to no other authority but law and conscience” a bit more ominous.

    http://blog.heritage.org/2011/08/22/...f-legislation/
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    AL JAZEERA LIVE...AJE Live Stream - Special Coverage: Libya Uprising - Tweeting revolutions
    ...1 hour 25 min ago - Libya


    Ambassador Ali Aujali, Envoy of the National Transitional Council:

    This new atmosphere is filled with hope, optimism, and a feeling by people of belonging. You have no idea how I felt when the revolution started in Libya, I felt I was born again. I felt like I belonged and I was proud of Libyans and proud of what they did to remove this tyrannical regime. I have become a different person since February 17 I was born again. My head is high and I do my job with joy.

    - Reuters
    Tags Ali Aujali, National Transitional Council
    1 hour 27 min ago - Libya


    The only working hospital in Tripoli has been overwhelmed with casualties. Doctor Mohmed Harisha told Britain's Sky News:

    Not enough doctors in our hospital here. We need more doctors, surgeon doctor, orthopaedic doctor and anaesthesia doctor. We need nurse, we need technician for x-ray, we need everywhere. Everybody can give help, who will come here.

    Our hospital here, patient from three days back, patient every day will die.

    Tags hospital, Tripoli
    2 hours 30 min ago - Libya

    NATO has been dropping leaflets in the area of Tripoli, The majority of the leaflets were intended to encourage pro- Gaddafi soldiers to lay down their weapons and to join the Libyan rebels and the wider Libyan people.

    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/liveblog/Libya
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    REUTERS...Battle for Tripoli LIVE 179 watchers
    Live coverage of the Libyan unrest threatening Muammar Gaddafi's rule
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    Battle for Tripoli LIVE 190 watchers
    Live coverage of the Libyan unrest threatening Muammar Gaddafi's rule

    AlArabya:AlAlagy NTC Member in Tunisia: doubts reliability of the pictures and discounts the news. [but doesn't deny it] #Libya
    by feb17voices via twitter 8:36 PM yesterday
    i dont think this war is over yet. there is probably a huge battle coming up...
    comment by fox news 8:32 PM yesterday
    Saif being free calls into question everything the ff have said.
    comment by Marlon 8:31 PM yesterday
    Major PR coup for #Gadhafi – if the rebels lied about this – what can we believe? #cnn #libya #tripoli
    by mchancecnn via twitter 8:31 PM yesterday
    AlArabya: BBC reporter in Tripoli: Saif al Islam visited the hotel where Int'l journalists are staying [Rixos] #Libya
    by feb17voices via twitter 8:20 PM yesterday
    Gaddafi son Saif at Tripoli hotel after arrest report
    by anthony.derosa 8:19 PM yesterday
    OppContact: Resistance to opposition is still underway in Alhadba Akhadra, Busleem, Salahddin, and Hai Dubai areas [Note: are adjacent ]
    by feb17voices via twitter 8:17 PM yesterday

    Saif al Islam, son of Gaddafi, seen in Tripoli.
    by anthony.derosa 8:16 PM yesterday
    Gaddafi son Saif at Tripoli hotel after arrest report

    TRIPOLI, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Saif al Islam, the son of Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi who rebels and the International Criminal Court had been arrested, arrived in the early hours of Tuesday at the Tripoli hotel where foreign reporters have been staying.

    BBC correspondent Matthew Price said Saif told another journalist, when asked if his father was safe and well in Tripoli, "Of course."

    ((London World desk))


    http://live.reuters.com/Event/Tripoli_Besieged

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