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22 Jan 2015

Libyan Fighters Seize Benghazi Branch of Central Bank

Fighters for one of the factions battling for control of Libya seized the Benghazi branch of the country s central bank on Thursday, threatening to set off an armed scramble for the bank s vast stores of money and gold, and cripple one of the last functioning institutions in the country.
Fighters for one of the factions battling for control of Libya seized the Benghazi branch of the country s central bank...

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18 Jun 2014

Apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khattala May Begin to Answer Questions on Assault

Ahmed Abu Khattala was always open about his animosity toward the United States, and even about his conviction that Muslims and Christians were locked in an intractable religious war. "There is always hostility between the religions," he said in an interview. "That is the nature of religions." During the assault on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, Mr. Abu Khattala was a flamboyant presence. Witnesses saw him directing the swarming attackers who ultimately killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans
Ahmed Abu Khattala was always open about his animosity toward the United States, and even about his conviction that...

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19 May 2014

Ex-General Claims Responsibility for Libyan Parliament Attack

A retired Libyan general claimed responsibility for an attack on the Parliament building here on Sunday, two days after his irregular force launched an attack aimed at eradicating powerful Islamist militias from the eastern city of Benghazi.
A retired Libyan general claimed responsibility for an attack on the Parliament building here on Sunday, two days after...

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22 Nov 2012

Benghazi Security Director Is Assassinated, Libyan Official Says

A senior Libyan security official was assassinated outside his home in the eastern city of Benghazi, officials said Wednesday, the same city where the United States ambassador and three other Americans were killed at their diplomatic compound in September. The Libyan official s death was the latest in a series of mysterious killings that have raised fears about the country s precarious postwar security.
A senior Libyan security official was assassinated outside his home in the eastern city of Benghazi, officials said...

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19 Oct 2012

Suspect in Benghazi Attack Scoffs at U.S.

Witnesses and the authorities have called Ahmed Abu Khattala one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 attack on the American diplomatic mission here. But just days after President Obama reasserted his vow to bring those responsible to justice, Mr. Abu Khattala spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping mango juice on a patio overlooking the Mediterranean and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments.
Witnesses and the authorities have called Ahmed Abu Khattala one of the ringleaders of the Sept. 11 attack on the...

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24 Sep 2012

Attack in Libya Was Major Blow to C.I.A. Efforts

The attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans has dealt the Central Intelligence Agency a major setback in its intelligence-gathering efforts at a time of increasing instability in the North African nation.
The attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans has dealt the...

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22 Sep 2012

Libyan Protesters Besiege Militant Group in Benghazi

Galvanized by anger over the killing of the popular American ambassador here last week, thousands of Libyans marched through this city on Friday, demanding the disarming of the militias that helped topple the dictatorship but have troubled the country with their refusal to disband.
Galvanized by anger over the killing of the popular American ambassador here last week, thousands of Libyans marched...

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9 May 2012

In Libya, the Captors Have Become the Captive

One night last September, a prisoner named Naji Najjar was brought, blindfolded and handcuffed, to an abandoned military base on the outskirts of Tripoli. A group of young men in camouflage pushed him into a dimly lit interrogation room and forced him to his knees. The commander of the militia, a big man with disheveled hair and sleepy eyes, stood behind Najjar. "What do you want?" the commander said, clutching a length of industrial pipe.
One night last September, a prisoner named Naji Najjar was brought, blindfolded and handcuffed, to an abandoned military...

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15 Apr 2012

NATO Sees Flaws in Air Campaign Against Qaddafi

Despite widespread praise in Western capitals for NATO s leadership of the air campaign in Libya, a confidential NATO assessment paints a sobering portrait of the alliance s ability to carry out such campaigns without significant support from the United States.
Despite widespread praise in Western capitals for NATO s leadership of the air campaign in Libya, a confidential NATO...

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3 Apr 2012

Libya Militias Turn to Politics, a Volatile Mix

The militia leaders who have turned post-Qaddafi Libya into a patchwork of semiautonomous fiefs are now plunging into politics, raising fears that their armed brigades could undermine elections intended to lay the foundation of a new democracy.
The militia leaders who have turned post-Qaddafi Libya into a patchwork of semiautonomous fiefs are now plunging into...

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22 Jan 2012

Protests Shake Libya’s Interim Government

Libya s postwar transitional government faced a political crisis on Sunday after protesters ransacked its offices in Benghazi, forcing one top leader to resign and another to warn that the country stood on the edge of violence.
Libya s postwar transitional government faced a political crisis on Sunday after protesters ransacked its offices in...

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3 Jan 2012

Former Libyan Rebel Groups Clash

Two former Libyan rebel factions clashed Tuesday in hours of gunbattles in central Tripoli that left five fighters dead, a Tripoli military council official said. Former rebels of Tripoli and a separate group of fighters from the city of Misrata fought with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns. Col. Walid Shouaib, a member of Tripoli Military Council, said the clashes were triggered by arrest of a Misrata fighter on New Year's Eve by Tripoli fighters. He was suspected of robbery and the Misrata fighters were trying to free him.
Two former Libyan rebel factions clashed Tuesday in hours of gunbattles in central Tripoli that left five fighters dead,...

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18 Dec 2011

Scores of Unintended Casualties in NATO War in Libya

NATO s seven-month air campaign in Libya, hailed by the alliance and many Libyans for blunting a lethal crackdown by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and helping to push him from power, came with an unrecognized toll: scores of civilian casualties the alliance has long refused to acknowledge or investigate.
NATO s seven-month air campaign in Libya, hailed by the alliance and many Libyans for blunting a lethal crackdown by...

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18 Dec 2011

Scores of Unintended Casualties in NATO War in Libya

NATO s seven-month air campaign in Libya, hailed by the alliance and many Libyans for blunting a lethal crackdown by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and helping to push him from power, came with an unrecognized toll: scores of civilian casualties the alliance has long refused to acknowledge or investigate.
NATO s seven-month air campaign in Libya, hailed by the alliance and many Libyans for blunting a lethal crackdown by...

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20 Nov 2011

Libyan Militia Hedges on Handover of Qaddafi

Militia fighters holding Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the last fugitive son and onetime heir apparent of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, added conditions on Sunday to the handover of their prisoner to the fledgling government, a new challenge to the authority of Prime Minister Abdel Rahim el-Keeb.
Militia fighters holding Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the last fugitive son and onetime heir apparent of Col. Muammar...

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19 Nov 2011

Qaddafi Son Seif al-Islam Is Captured in Libya

Libya's transitional government said Saturday that its fighters in the southwestern desert had captured Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the last fugitive son and onetime heir apparent of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.
Libya's transitional government said Saturday that its fighters in the southwestern desert had captured Seif al-Islam...
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16 Nov 2011

Oil Production Rises Quickly in Libyan Fields

The bullet holes in the oil tanks have been patched, the damaged backup generator is being repaired, and most important, the pipeline that feeds the giant oil refinery here has been reopened.
The bullet holes in the oil tanks have been patched, the damaged backup generator is being repaired, and most important,...
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29 Oct 2011

Western Companies See Libya as Ripe at Last for Business

The guns in Libya have barely quieted, and NATO s military assistance to the rebellion that toppled Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi will not end officially until Monday. But a new invasion force is already plotting its own landing on the shores of Tripoli.
The guns in Libya have barely quieted, and NATO s military assistance to the rebellion that toppled Col. Muammar...

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25 Oct 2011

In Libya, Surt Massacre Site Is Not Investigated

In the parched garden of the Mahari Hotel, volunteers on Monday scrubbed signs of a recent massacre. They collected dozens of bodies, apparently of people executed on the hotel grounds several days ago, but left other evidence behind, like the plastic ties that were used to bind the hands of victims and shell casings, scattered on the dead grass in patches of blood.
In the parched garden of the Mahari Hotel, volunteers on Monday scrubbed signs of a recent massacre. They collected...

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22 Oct 2011

In His Last Days, Qaddafi Wearied of Fugitive’s Life

After 42 years of absolute power in Libya, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi spent his last days hovering between defiance and delusion, surviving on rice and pasta his guards scrounged from the emptied civilian houses he moved between every few days, according to an aide captured with him.
After 42 years of absolute power in Libya, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi spent his last days hovering between defiance and...

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21 Oct 2011

Qaddafi’s Bloody End Points to Difficulties Ahead

Like the flight of Tunisia s dictator or the trial of Egypt s, the capture of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Thursday afternoon captivated the Arab world, giving a renewed sense of power and possibility. But the photographs of his bloody corpse that circulated just moments later on cellphones and television screens quickly tempered that exhilaration with a reminder of the many still-unresolved conflicts that the Arab Spring has also unleashed.
Like the flight of Tunisia s dictator or the trial of Egypt s, the capture of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Thursday...

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21 Oct 2011

Libyan Leaders Appear to Wrangle Over Qaddafi Burial

Euphoria in Libya over the death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi gave way on Friday to frictions and confusion over where and when to bury the former strongman, as well as a formal request by the United Nations for an inquiry into the final moments before his violent, messy demise while in the custody of the fighters who captured him.
Euphoria in Libya over the death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi gave way on Friday to frictions and confusion over where and...

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20 Oct 2011

Qaddafi Is Dead, Libyan Officials Say

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former Libyan strongman who fled into hiding after rebels toppled his regime two months ago, was killed Thursday as fighters battling the vestiges of his loyalist forces wrested control of his hometown of Surt, the interim government announced.
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former Libyan strongman who fled into hiding after rebels toppled his regime two months...

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