Libyan women rally to demand help for rape victims

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) – Dozens of women have rallied in the Libyan capital to pressure the new government to do more to help women raped during the country’s civil war.

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By Abdel Magid al-Fergany, AP

Women gather Saturday in Tripoli, Libya. They said the government is failing to help women raped during the civil war.

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‘Moderate Muslim’ slits three daughters’ throats… for being raped

A Muslim father in Misrata, Libya slit his 15, 17 and 18-year old daughters’ throats due to his ‘humiliation’ that they were raped by Gadhafi loyalists (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).

The horrific story was one of a number to emerge from Misrata after the group sent in a team of interviewers in June to catalogue human rights abuses just after Libyan forces expelled Gaddafi loyalists. Continue reading

Flying Qaddafi Air

TRIPOLI, Libya — My interpreter, Ahmed, is flooring it down an airport runway, giddy with enthusiasm. He keeps talking about how he’s always wanted to push this hard on the gas, how he never thought he’d be driving his car on this vast flat asphalt. But in Free Libya anything is possible. Including a visit to Muammar al-Qaddafi‘s personal plane.

Our car accelerates toward the Afriqiyah Airways airplane standing apart from a cluster of others like a giant white turkey in the recently secured international airport. We’ve been lucky enough to be offered a tour of the runways from Mohammed Saad, a 24-year-old engineering student now part of the Zintan Brigade, a western mountain rebel unit that has set up shop in the airport. Continue reading

Libya: Gaddafi regime could unleash chemical weapons stockpile

Desperate members of the collapsing Gaddafi regime could try to unleash Libya’s stocks of chemical weapons, William Hague has warned.

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Gaddafi should face justice in Libya if captured alive Photo: REUTERS

Libya’s war from above: on board the RAF’s E-3D spy plane

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The cockpit of an RAF E-3D aircraft at the Trapani military base in Sicily Photo: JANE MINGAY

The RAF is using its E-3D spy plane to help protect Libya‘s civilians as the war rages between Mumamaar Gaddafi’s forces and rebel fighters. Sean Rayment delivers dispatch from on board this secret military jet.

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Thirty thousand feet above Libya, the war against Mumamaar Gaddafi is directed against the roar of aircraft noise by men hunched over banks of computer screens.

This is Magic 52, the RAF E-3D spy plane which is in charge of the effort to protect Libya’s civilians from the dictator.

Last week The Sunday Telegraph became the first newspaper on board the RAF jet whose equipment is one of Britain’s most closely-guarded military secrets.

From the airborne command, control and communication centre, a crew of highly-trained specialists direct every part of the bombing campaign. Continue reading

Captive Soldiers Tell of Discord in Libyan Army

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A tapestry of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi serves as a washroom mat at a rebel prison in Libya.

Bryan Denton for The New York Times

By C. J. CHIVERS Published: May 13, 2011

MISURATA, Libya — The army and militias of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, who for more than two months have fought rebels seeking to overthrow the Libyan leader, are undermined by self-serving officers, strained logistics and units hastily reinforced with untrained cadets, according to captured soldiers from their ranks.

Several of the prisoners were wounded or beaten when captured by rebel forces, but the warden has pushed for better treatment.

In interviews this week in a rebel-run detention center where more than 100 prisoners from the Libyan military are housed, the prisoners consistently described hardships in the field and officers who deceived or failed them. They spoke bitterly of their lot. Continue reading

With War Powers Act Deadline Looming, Libya Stalemate Continues

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Mahmoud Jibril, representative for foreign affairs with the Libyan Transitional National Council, a political group opposed to the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, listens during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, May 11. 2011.

As a congressional deadline on military action in Libya looms next Friday, and both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill question the mission, the situation on the ground is at a stalemate two months after the conflict started. Continue reading