June 10, 2011 |
TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyan rebels staged an armed uprising against Moammar Gaddafi in the western city of Zlitan on Friday, a rebel spokesman said, adding that 22 of their fighters had been killed. The clashes, if confirmed, would mark the first significant rebel attempt to take control of a major city in western Libya since the early days of the uprising. Zlitan lies just over 100 miles east of Tripoli and about 30 miles west of the besieged rebel-held city of Misurata. A Libyan government spokesman could not be reached for...
July 15, 2011 |
KABAW, Libya — From the street, the operation run by a former army engineer known to the Libyan rebels as Rambo looks like an ordinary auto repair shop. Inside, a dozen of Omar Said's mechanics are busy turning pickup trucks into armored fighting vehicles, complete with aging anti-aircraft guns. What the Libyan rebels lack, they scavenge. Popular now: a portable launcher for firing an old Russian S-5 air-to-surface rocket from your shoulder. Components: four feet of drain pipe and a trigger made from a hair dryer.
April 10, 2011 |
BENGHAZI - NATO airstrikes destroyed tanks belonging to forces loyal to Moammar Gaddafi at the western gate of Ajdabiya on Sunday, as rebels reestablished control of the strategic eastern city. Rockets still landed inside the nearly deserted city on Sunday but a military official with the rebel council said they had complete control by Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, members of the Transitional National Council, which governs the rebel-held east, met with Western diplomats in the temporary opposition capital of...
July 29, 2011 |
ZINTAN, Libya — Libya's rebel government announced Friday that its top military chief, Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis, was assassinated by its own rebel fighters , who dumped his bullet-ridden and burned body outside Benghazi. A brigade leader tasked with transporting Younis from the front line near the oil town of Brega to the rebel capital of Benghazi confessed that his lieutenants killed Younis and two aides Thursday, the rebels' oil and finance minister, Ali Tarhouni, said at a news conference Friday night.
July 2, 2011 |
MISURATA, Libya — Outside Misurata, the rebel army is stuck. For weeks, the fighters opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's government have been bogged down in the lightly wooded areas surrounding this besieged city, pounded by rockets, struggling to advance or even make gains of more than a few hundred yards. "We are just taking a defensive position now," said Suliman Mohamed Suliman, one of the commanders at the city's eastern front line. "We can't [advance] because we don't have heavy...
July 13, 2011 |
ZINTAN, Libya — In the latest sign that a rebel advance on Tripoli may become slower and more chaotic, forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi on Wednesday recaptured a town in the mountains south of the capital that was taken with great fanfare by rebels one week ago. Early Wednesday, government troops surged from their positions in the fortified city of Gharyan and quickly retook the town of Qawalish in the barren pasturelands of the...