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Analysts Say Air Power Alone Will Not Defeat Gadhafi

Warplanes from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization continue to attack the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.  But some analysts say air power alone will not defeat the Libyan leader, and they argue that the Libyan rebels must get better weapons. For more than a month, NATO fighter jets have been enforcing a United Nations mandated no-fly...

Libya Crisis Prompts Call for Extraordinary AU Summit in May

The African Union will hold an extraordinary meeting of heads of state next month to examine more rapid and effective ways of responding to continental crises. Our correspondent at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa reports the summit call was prompted by concerns that the organization is being sidelined as big powers dictate solutions to African...

Pro-Government Shelling in Libya Delays Relief Mission

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi pounded the port of the western rebel stronghold of Misrata on Tuesday, delaying the docking of a humanitarian ship that was sent to rescue refugees. Witnesses say pro-government forces shelled Misrata and also carried out military strikes on ethnic Berber towns in the western mountains region. The...

Russia Warns Against New UN Resolution on Libya

Russia says it will not support a new United Nations Security Council resolution on Libya which may further escalate the conflict. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted by Interfax news agency saying Moscow will not be able to support any resolution that leads to a further escalation of a civil war by any means, including outside intervention...

Libya Conflict Has Displaced 550,000 People

U.S. officials said Monday that more than a half-million people, most of them third-country nationals, have fled Libya since the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi's government began in February. And they say about 5,000 people are joining the exodus every day.  Officials here say the outflow is affecting all six countries bordering Libya, but with...

Libya Describes NATO Airstrikes Targeting Gadhafi Compound as Assassination Attempt

Libya has described the latest NATO airstrike on Moammar Gadhafi’s compound as an assassination attempt that violates international law. The Gadhafi government and rebel representatives are holding separate talks on an African Union peace proposal.Libya’s Foreign Minister Abdelati al Obeidi Monday accused NATO of deliberately aiming missiles at Mr...

Gadhafi Forces Shell Misrata; Further Unrest in Yemen, Syria

Libyan government forces are keeping pressure on the rebel-held city of Misrata after abandoning most of the positions they held in the city. Libyan government forces shelled the besieged rebel-held port of Misrata Sunday, a day after officials signaled a change in tactics.  Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim claimed the army was suspending...

US Lawmakers: Put More Pressure on Gadhafi, Encourage Syrian Opposition

Some leading U.S. lawmakers are calling for increased pressure on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on U.S. television CNN's State of the Union Sunday that the way to end the conflict in Libya is to "cut the head of the snake off," by bombing Gadhafi supporters in Tripoli.  Republican Senator John...

Fighting in Libyan City of Misrata a Stalemate, says Analyst

There was reported heavy shelling and gunfire Sunday in the Libya’s western rebel-held city of Misrata, despite a government claim that it had halted operations against insurgents there. The city has seen hundreds killed in two months of a government siege. Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said earlier Sunday the army had suspended...

Libya's Misrata Bombarded Despite Government Claims to Halt Operations

Rockets rained down on Libya's western rebel-held city of Misrata Sunday, despite a government claim earlier that it had halted operations against rebels there.Witnesses in Misrata reported heavy shelling and gunfire in the city that has seen hundreds killed in two months of a government siege.Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said...

US Senator Visits Libyan Rebels in Benghazi

U.S. Senator John McCain arrived in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi Friday to meet with opposition leaders and to assess the situation on the ground.McCain told reporters the rebels are his "heroes", after his arrival in the eastern city that serves as the headquarters of the Libyan opposition.The veteran Republican lawmaker was one of the...

Libyan Rebels Take Western Border Crossing

Rebels in western Libya have taken control of a remote border crossing with Tunisia following fierce clashes with pro-government forces and a week of intense fighting in the nearby mountains that sent more than 10,000 civilians fleeing.Tunisia's state-run TAP news agency says 13 Libyan officers and soldiers, including a colonel and a commander,...

Oil Said to Be Key to Libyan Rebels' Fortunes

As Libya's rebels and pro-government forces fight over cities and the country's political future, oil too is a key prize in the conflict, and some argue, a motive for outside intervention.   A man pumping gas near Tobruk, in eastern Libya, says people everywhere in the world are interested in oil.  But he argues it should be shared, that there is...

Clinton: Libyan Forces May Have Used Cluster Bombs

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says there are reports that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces may have used cluster bombs in the fighting against rebels.Clinton did not provide details.  But, citing the situation in the western town of Misrata, she said government forces are engaging in what she called "deplorable" activities that...

Libyan Rebels Take Control of Tunisia Border Crossing

Witnesses in western Libya say rebels have taken control of a border crossing with Tunisia, following fierce clashes with pro-government forces.Sources Thursday said the rebels secured a post on the Libyan side of the border, on a road leading to the Tunisian town of Dehiba.  They say forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi fled across the...