NATO strikes Gaddafi compound NATO bombed Muammar Gaddafi’s compound on Thursday, hours after the Libyan leader ended doubt about his fate by making his first television appearance since another air strike killed his son nearly two weeks ago.
The leader of the rebels seeking to end Col. Gaddafi’s 41-year rule visited London to drum up aid for his movement. The White House said a senior rebel delegation would be received for the first time in Washington on Friday.
Rebels fighting against Col. Gaddafi for almost three months are in control of the east of the country, while Col. Gaddafi’s forces control the capital Tripoli and nearly all of the west.
War photographers’ last battle zone Award-winning photographer Chris Hondros was killed shortly after taking this dramatic picture Wednesday of a rebel fighting house-to-house in the besieged town of Misurata.
Tim Hetherington, an Oscar-nominated film director and war photographer, was also killed when they were hit by mortar fire in Tripoli Street, the main thoroughfare and focus of fighting in the city.
The photographers were following rebels who had forced soldiers loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi into houses in Tripoli Street. When the soldiers refused to surrender, the rebels went house to house, setting fires and shooting.
Libya rebels reject Gaddafi exit talks Rebels fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi have rejected an offer from the Libyan leader to negotiate his exit even as they battled to hang on to early gains in the insurrection.
The coming conflict has the potential to destabilize Africa as well as other Arab states. It could drag in Libya’s neighbours or undermine bordering states like Tunisia and Egypt which are still dealing with their own, unresolved revolutions.
The fire of democracy, kindled in Tunis and Cairo and now flaming throughout the Arab world, could be quenched in Libya’s bloodshed.
Gaddafi launches land, air offensive The veteran ruler twinned the attack with a fiery propaganda broadside against the rebels, playing on both nationalist opinion and Western jitters by saying much blood would be shed in “another Vietnam” if foreign powers intervened in the crisis.
Tribal system holds balance of power in Libya Powerful military elites ultimately decided the outcome of Egypt and Tunisia’s revolutions, but in Libya the much more opaque and complex tribal power structures could decide how events play out.