Category Archives: LIBYA

Libyan Government and Rebels Claim Control of Zones

Trípoli, Aug 21 (prensa Latina) The Libyan leader Muamar el Gadafi assured in a recorded speech to have eliminated rats, as he called his opponents backed by NATO; while his opponents assured they will soon control the city. Continue reading

Reports on Gaddafi”s Flight Ruled Out

Tripoli, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) Libyan official sources and foreign governments said that transnational media reports claiming that leader Muammar Gaddafi has fled the country are groundless.

The official Libyan spokesperson, Musa Ibrahim, denied that Gaddafi had sought political asylum in South America. Continue reading

Libyan Capital Hammered by NATO Bombings

Tripoli, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) Tripoli was under a new wave of bombardments by NATO planes as rebel forces claimed new advances by land, as yet unconfirmed by the Libyan official media.

Dense columns of smoke rose in the Bad el Aziziya area, where the residence of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is located, and in districts of the western outskirts of this metropolis, which is longer than it is high, given the reluctance of Muslim families to live in high-rises. Continue reading

Libya Slams Deaths of Civilians in Zliten Air Raid

Tripoli, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) A Libyan government spokesman accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday of killing 85 civilians, including 65 children and women, in an air raid in the city of Majer.

The victims belonged to 12 families, the spokesman said. Continue reading

Venezuela Rejects NATO Bombing on Libyan TV Network

Caracas, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Hugo Chavez Frias has condemned the bombing Saturday by the military forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization against the facility of the Libyan state TV network Al-Jamahiriya .

  The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement rejecting the attack, regarding it as a “cruel display of the hypocrisy by the imperialist powers that are leading an open war against the people of Libya.”  Continue reading

UN Seeks Political Solution to the War against Libya

Tripoli, Jul 26 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations is seeking to find a political solution to the NATO war against Libya and its frustrated desire of removing leader Muammar Gaddafi by force. Continue reading

Libya: Pro-Gaddafi Rally of 10,000 in Zawiyah

Tripoli, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) More than 10,000 people joined a demonstration , 50 kilometers east of the capital.

NATO Bombs Libya in Nighttime Strikes

Demonstrators proclaimed their commitment to Allah, Gaddafi, and the country, following three consecutive days of broadcasts of Gaddafi�s audio messages directed at rebels and questioning the legitimacy of the National Transitional Council. Continue reading

Renewed Fighting in Libya, Gaddafi Rejects Political Maneuvers

Cairo, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) In Libya, the battle over a strategic highway junction intensified on Saturday, and leader Muammar Gaddafi condemned U.S. recognition of the self-appointed National Transition Council.

The highway junction near the towns of Bir Ghanam and Garyan in western Libya is strategic because of its proximity to the capital, Tripoli, and was the scene of fierce fighting between government troops and rebel forces, according to various reports. Continue reading

Libya: Western Powers Keep Pressure on Gaddafi

Ankara, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The Libya Contact Group is meeting Friday in Istanbul to discuss how to press leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down from power.

The group, comprising 42 members of national delegations and international organizations, was meeting for the fourth time since it was created in late March, and will analyzes the transition process in Libya and a possible cease-fire. Continue reading

U.S./NATO & Libyan puppets reject African plan for Libya cease-fire

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire

This year’s 17th African Union Summit attempted once again to broker a cease-fire in the nearly five-month-old imperialist war against Libya. The meeting of the 53-member organization was held in Malabo, capital of the former Spanish colony of Equatorial Guinea, from June 30 to July 2. Continue reading

Libya: NATO Intensifies Air Raids to Back Rebels

Tripoli,  (Prensa Latina) The Libyan government accused NATO on Thursday of intensifying air raids over civilian and police targets to back an advance on the capital by rebels and alleged foreign mercenaries.

Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said that NATO aircraft increased their strikes in what it seemed to be the final stage of the aggression campaign, but its air force could not weaken the positions of Muammar Gaddafi’s army. Continue reading

Libyan Rebels Threaten to Attack Tripoli

Tripoli,  (Prensa Latina) Rebel leaders threatened on Monday to carry out a massive attack over Tripoli and to intensify combats in the western region of Libya, while leader Muammar Gaddafi refused to abandon his rule under foreign extreme pressure. Continue reading

NATO Accused of Attacking Libyan School

Tripoli,  (Prensa Latina) The Libyan government accused NATO on Saturday of attacking a technical school in the capital, resulting in an unspecified number of victims.

In a statement, NATO admitted to attacking targets near the capital last night, including army troops, and that it had stepped up bombings in the west. Continue reading

Libya: Arrest Warrant for Gaddafi Benefits NATO

Tripoli, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Libya, suffering more terrible air raids on Tuesday, affirmed that an arrest warrant for leader Muammar Gaddafi is part of the double standard applied by the West in facilitating NATO aggression against this country.

Authorities and supporters of the Libyan government discredited on Tuesday the International Criminal Court (ICC), using the same tone as on Monday, when that court issued arrest warrants for Muammar Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and the country’s spy chief, Abdullah al-Senussi. Continue reading

Rebels, NATO Intensify Military Actions In Libya

Tripoli, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Libyan rebels backed by NATO intensified their offensive on Monday against the army loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi in the southwestern part of the capital, as the government proposed to hold talks and call elections under international supervision. Continue reading

S. African President Zuma Warns NATO Against Killing Gadhafi

South African President Jacob Zuma has warned NATO not to use its military power to kill Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Mr. Zuma spoke in Pretoria Sunday as a high-level African Union panel discussed ways of ending the four-month conflict between Mr. Gadhafi and eastern-based rebels. Continue reading

Army and Rebels Increase Fighting in Western Libya

Tripoli, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) The Libyan army and rebel militia engaged in heavy fighting in Yafran and other locations of the Western Mountains, while the government received massive popular support and accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO= of bombing civilians. Continue reading

NATO Forces ‘Trying To Kill’ Gaddafi: U.S. Admiral Samuel J. Locklear

A top U.S. admiral has confirmed to a U.S. congressman that NATO forces are trying to kill Muammar Gaddafi, and that the need for ground troops in Libya after the embattled leader falls is anticipated.

House Armed Services Committee member Mike Turner (R-OH) reveals to The Cable that U.S. Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, commander of the NATO Joint Operations Command in Naples, Italy, told him last month that NATO forces are actively targeting and trying to kill Gaddafi: Continue reading

NATO Bombs Positions of Libyan Army Near Dafniya

Tripoli, Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) NATO warplanes on Friday bombed Libyan Army positions near Dafniya, a town near Misratah, where clashes between rebels and troops loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi continued.

The NATO command attacked armored units and heavy artillery of the Libyan armed forces 30 kilometers west of Misratah, where the Western forces intensified their air raids, killing an undetermined number of people. Continue reading

NATO Planes Bomb West Libya

Tripoli, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization stepped up its air raids against western Libya, after attacking two civilian checkpoints in Khoms and the town of Nalut, and losing an unmanned helicopter near Zlitan. Continue reading

Libya Says Civilians Killed in NATO Confirmed Airstrike

A Libyan man walking amid the debris of a damaged building on the sprawling estate of Khuwildi Hemidi, a veteran comrade of Moammar Gadhafi in the Surman area, west of Tripoli, June 20, 2011

NATO said Monday it carried out an airstrike on a “high-level” command center in Libya, while the government said the strike destroyed a large family compound belonging to a close associate of leader Moammar Gadhafi. Continue reading

NATO to Investigate Libyan Claims of Civilian Deaths in Tripoli Air Strike

Libyan doctors stand near bodies of a man and a baby found in the damaged residential building in Tripoli’s outskirts, Libya, on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Libyan officials claimed that the building was hit by a NATO airstrike. NATO continued to strike targets in the capital Tripoli into the early hours of Sunday.

NATO officials say they will investigate Libyan government claims that seven civilians were killed by an alliance strike in Tripoli.

The government showed a heavily damaged house in Souq al Juma, a residential neighborhood of the capital.    Continue reading

US Congressman Kucinich Backs African Union Plan to End Libya War

By Milton Allimadi

Congressman Kucinich Backs Africa Libya Plan; Says ICC Investigate NATO On Possible War Crimes. “Dropping bombs on Tripoli — if any country had 2,000 flights over the united states, which is how many sorties the US flew above Libya, bombing us, we would say that’s an act of war.”

Congressman Dennis Kucinich says in an interview with The Black Star News that he’s determined to support the African Union’s peace proposal to end the Libya war and even willing to travel to the war-torn country to meet both Muammar al-Quathafi and the rebels seeking his ouster. Continue reading

Libyan Military Forces Attract Youth in Defense Against Imperialist War

TRIPOLI, Libya — Refat, 26, was happily working in the information technology department of a British retailer here until just a few months ago when he was called to military service by the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Now Refat, who was not fully identified because of the fear of retribution from Libyan security forces, is patrolling the rebellious neighborhood of Souq al-Juma wearing a mismatched uniform, riding in a small white government car and worried for his life each night because of the growing number of rebel attacks within the capital on soldiers like him.  Continue reading

NATO Choppers Land in Libya, Rebels Injured

Tripoli, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) NATO injured 16 Libyan rebels during a disorganized bombing near Ajdabiyah (east) as French helicopter gunships landed in Benghazi.

The NATO aircraft attacked rebel positions near the village of Amreer Gabs, 30 kilomerts (about 18.6 miles) northwest of Ajdabiyah, and once more bombed the capital, rebel spokesman Farag Al-Moghraby said on Friday. Continue reading