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Published: 04/28/11

Gadhafi Forces Shell Frontline City in West Libya

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Gadhafi Forces Shell Frontline City in West Libya

MISRATA, Libya -- Moammar Gadhafi's forces shelled civilian areas in the rebel-held city of Misrata on Thursday, killing 10 people. Regime supporters and opponents battled on another front in western Libya for control of a crossing point along the Tunisian border, killing refugees as they fled. Rockets and other artillery fire slammed into Misrata's western Garara neighborhood, sending up deadly showers of shrapnel. At the city's Hikma hospital, relatives shouting "God is great" collected the dead, each with the word "martyr" written in marker on their white funeral shrouds. Cristophe ...

Published: 04/27/11

Gadhafi's Daughter: 'You Never Know When a Rocket or Bomb Might Hit You'

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Gadhafi's Daughter: 'You Never Know When a Rocket or Bomb Might Hit You'

As NATO bombs rain down on Moammar Gadhafi's compound, the daughter of the Libyan dictator says she's been telling her three young children bedtime stories about the afterlife "to make them ready." "In a time of war, you never know when a rocket or a bomb might hit you, and that will be the end," Aisha Gadhafi, 36, told The New York Times in her first interview with the Western press in several months. She spoke to the newspaper Sunday at her charitable foundation in Tripoli, just hours before beefed-up NATO airstrikes hit the nearby family compound again. Pier Paolo Cito, AP Moam...

Published: 04/25/11

Strikes on Gadhafi Compound Badly Damage Buildings

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Strikes on Gadhafi Compound Badly Damage Buildings

TRIPOLI, Libya -- NATO airstrikes targeted the center of Moammar Gadhafi's seat of power early Monday, unleashing guided bombs that destroyed a multistory library and office in his compound and badly damaged a reception hall for visiting dignitaries. A security official at the scene said four people were slightly hurt. Dust was still rising from the rubble when reporters arrived at the scene after midnight. Gadhafi's whereabouts at the time of the attack on his sprawling Bab al-Aziziya compound were unclear. He has made infrequent public appearances in Tripoli during the fighting that broke ...

Published: 04/24/11

Libyan Rebels Say They Drove Gadhafi's Forces Out of Misrata

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Libyan Rebels Say They Drove Gadhafi's Forces Out of Misrata

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Rebel fighters drove Moammar Gadhafi's forces to the edge of the besieged western city of Misrata on Sunday, taking control of the main hospital where government troops had been holed up, a resident said. In the fighting, Gadhafi loyalists fired dozens of rockets at Misrata on Sunday, said the resident, despite claims by the Libyan government that the army has held its fire since Friday. The resident asked to be identified only by his given name, Abdel Salam, for fear of retribution. http://xml.channel.aol.com/xm...

Published: 04/24/11

Libyan Tribal Leaders Push for Rebel Ceasefire After Fierce Clashes

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Libyan Tribal Leaders Push for Rebel Ceasefire After Fierce Clashes

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Libyan tribal leaders are trying to get rebels in the city of Misrata to lay down their arms within 48 hours, a government official said early Sunday, after a day of fierce clashes between opposition fighters and Moammar Gadhafi's forces. If negotiations fail, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said tribal chiefs may send armed supporters into the city of 300,000 to fight the rebels. In the meantime, the Libyan military is halting operations in Misrata, Kaim said. http://xml.channel.aol.com/xmlpublisher/fetch.v2...

Published: 04/23/11

Heavy Fighting Rages in Libyan City of Misrata

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Heavy Fighting Rages in Libyan City of Misrata

TRIPOLI, Libya - Heavy fighting raged anew in Misrata and killed 24 people Saturday as Moammar Gadhafi's forces gave up more ground inside Libya's third-largest city. The U.S. said its first Predator drone attack in the country destroyed a government rocket launcher that had menaced civilians in the western city. Hundreds of people have been killed in rebel-held Misrata in a two-month government siege backed by tanks, mortars and snipers. On Friday night, the regime said it was withdrawing its military forces and allowing armed tribesmen to take over the battle. But the opposition was skeptic...

Published: 04/21/11

Libyan Rebels Report Gains in Misrata Fighting

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Libyan Rebels Report Gains in Misrata Fighting

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Rebels battled Moammar Gadhafi's troops Thursday for control of central Misrata, driving dozens of snipers from tall buildings in hours of urban warfare and gaining a tactical advantage in the only major city held by the opposition in western Libya, witnesses said. The Libyan government, meanwhile, ramped up its rhetoric against NATO, warning that "it will be hell" for the alliance if it sends in ground troops, even though Britain's prime minister said the Western nations were not moving toward such a deployment. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said President Ba...

Published: 04/20/11

France Vows to Step Up Airstrikes on Gadhafi's Forces

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France Vows to Step Up Airstrikes on Gadhafi's Forces

PARIS -- France vowed Wednesday to step up airstrikes on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces and acknowledged that it has military officers already working with Libyan rebels on the ground. Italy joined Britain in announcing their commitment of military instructors to train the rebels, who have failed to rout Moammar Gadhafi's forces despite weeks of NATO-led airstrikes. European powers and the Libyan opposition remained firm against sending foreign ground troops into Libya, a dangerous and politically risky step. However NATO, which is leading the U.N.-sanctioned international military o...

Published: 04/20/11

Rebels: Libyan Army Shells Western Mountain Towns

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Rebels: Libyan Army Shells Western Mountain Towns

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Moammar Gadhafi's forces attacked a mountain town and a besieged coastal city Wednesday, part of a drive to crush pockets of resistance in the western part of the country that is largely under the Libyan leader's control. The mountain town of Yifran came under heavy shelling, and firefights erupted in city of Misrata, besieged by Gadhafi's troops for nearly two months. http://xml.channel.aol.com/xmlpublisher/fetch.v2.xml?option=expand_relative_urls&dataUrlNodes=uiConfig,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id...

Published: 04/19/11

Britain to Send Military Advisers to Libyan Rebels

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Britain to Send Military Advisers to Libyan Rebels

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Britain is sending up to 20 military advisers to help Libya's ragtag rebel force break a military stalemate with Moammar Gadhafi's army, even as NATO acknowledges that airstrikes alone cannot stop the daily shelling of the besieged opposition-held city of Misrata. Gadhafi's troops have been pounding Misrata indiscriminately with mortars and rockets, a NATO general said Tuesday, and residents reported more explosions and firefights in Libya's third-largest city. Hospitals are overflowing and 120 patients need to be evacuated from the city that has been under siege for nea...

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