Category Archives: LIBYA

NATO Intensifies Attacks, Fighting Continues

Tripoli, (Prensa Latina) NATO fighter planes intensified their attacks on Wednesday on civilian and military targets in the capital and surrounding areas, where fighting continued between rebels and troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Continue reading

NATO Bombs Libya, Rebels See Losses

Tripoli,  (Prensa Latina) NATO warplanes continued bombing Libyan army positions to back a rebel offensive currently neutralized by pro-government forces on the two main military fronts.

State television on Tuesday reported new NATO air raids near the town of Az Zawiyah, where rebels have been trying for several days to break through the defense of troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi. Continue reading

Libyan Rebels Recognize Setback in Brega Despite NATO Support

Tripoli, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Libyan rebels on Monday intensified their offensive against government forces in Az Zawiyah and other regions near the capital after suffering a major setback and casualties in Brega, despite NATO support.

For the third day in a row, rebel militias and army units loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fought in the western town of Az Zawiyah, which houses an important oil refinery. Continue reading

Libyan Rebels Fight Near Trípoli Supported by NATO

Tripoli, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Libyan rebels, backed by NATO air force, have stepped up attacks in Zawiyah and other western villages close to the capital, after reporting the capture of 17 government soldiers on Saturday.

During the early hours of Sunday the insurgents put up stiff resistance to the troops loyal to leader Muamar Gadaffi that thwarted the rebels’ attempt to move towards Tripoli, while the capital continues to be the target NATO’s attacks. NATO warplanes kept raids over military and civilian objectives where Gadaffi’s government has allegedly established command and control center of their operations against rebels. Continue reading

House vote fails to end war in Libya

By Abayomi Azikiwe/Editor, Pan-African News Wire

A historic vote on the application of the 1973 War Powers Resolution has upheld the Obama administration’s continuation of large-scale bombings aimed at overthrowing the government of Libya.

The War Powers Resolution was passed as the result of the struggle to end the U.S. occupation of Vietnam. Continue reading

NATO Recognizes Resistance of Pro-Gadaffi Forces

Brussels, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) reaffirmed Thursday that it will continue attacking Libya, after acknowledging the resistance of forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Gadaffi´s troops “are still a threat,” and requested further support for guaranteeing the success of the mission. Continue reading

Gaddafi Promises to Stay in Libya and Fight to the Death

Tripoli, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Libya”s Muammar Gaddafi ruled out leaving Libya and promised to continue confronting the aggression of NATO to the death, in a speech that blamed the West for causing chaos in his country.

“We have just one choice: we will stay in our land alive or dead” said Gaddafi in a statement on Libyan state television, an opportunity that he used to salute his 69 birthday on Tuesday. Continue reading

Explosions Hit Libyan Capital as NATO Pressure Continues

Witnesses say several explosions have hit Libya’s capital, Tripoli, as NATO continues to pressure Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The witnesses said they saw smoke in the area of Mr. Gadhafi’s compound following the explosions, as NATO carried out rare daytime airstrikes. Continue reading

Mladic, Libya and justice

Politicians running the powerful imperialist countries in Europe and North America and their corporate media have unanimously hailed the arrest of Yugoslav/Serbian Gen. Ratko Mladic as a triumph of democracy. Even if you knew nothing about the civil war in Bosnia, you would have to be suspicious of these declarations. Why? Because the first thing the imperialists tried to do is use the arrest to justify the current war against Libya. Continue reading

NATO Sends Helicopters on Libyan Attacks For First Time

NATO boosted its bombardment of Libya Saturday, for the first time sending attack helicopters on low-altitude missions against military installations loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

NATO said British Apache helicopters destroyed a radar site and an armed checkpoint in their first deployment since British Prime Minister David Cameron approved their use a week ago. The Apaches are each equipped with 16 Hellfire missiles that skim low across the landscape toward targets that are pre-set by radar before the missiles are launched. French Tiger helicopters are also being readied for NATO use in Libya. Continue reading

NATO Extends Libya Mission

NATO says it is extending its military mission in Libya for 90 days, as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi refuses to step down despite a popular uprising

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made the announcement Wednesday. He said the move is meant to send a clear message to the Gadhafi regime that the pressure to oust him will continue. Continue reading

Libyan Rebellion Rejects Gaddafi Armistice Proposal

Tripoli, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Libyan armed opposition on Tuesday again rejected a proposal by Muammar Gaddafi for a cease-fire and asked NATO to continue its bombings, despite South African President Jacob Zuma”s mediation efforts.

The National Transition Council, which had rejected a similar proposal last month from the African Union, reiterated its demand for the Libyan leader to immediately resign and leave the country with his family and close collaborators. Continue reading

NATO Destroys Guard Towers at Gaddaffi’s Compound

Tripoli, May 29 (Prensa Latina) North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aircraft destroyed guard towers at Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli during a series of air strikes on the Libyan capital, reported official sources. Libya’s state-run television confirmed that the NATO warplanes have been constantly attacking for the last five days different points of Tripoli City. Continue reading

Cuba at NAM: Aggression against Libya is an Int’l Crime

Bali, Indonesia, May 26 (Prensa Latina) The abuses committed by the United States and NATO against Libya in implementing UN Security Council resolution No. 1973 is an international crime and an act of aggression, Cuba said Thursday.

Addressing the 16th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno said that what is currently happening in Libya is of concern to all. Continue reading

NATO Intensifies Bombings of Tripoli

Tripoli, May 24 (Prensa Latina) At least three people died and 150 were injured Tuesday in the most intense NATO attacks yet against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The NATO air raids caused some 15 explosions last night and early this morning in Tripoli, and huge columns of smoke were seen rising from the Bab Al-Aziziyah complex, where Gaddafi’s residence. Continue reading

Libya: NATO Blocks Sea Access, Fighting Continues

Tripoli, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The Libyan government said Monday that NATO air raids over several ports are blocking access to the sea, while other attacks are backing rebels in their armed offensive in the east and west.

Official spokespersons reported new attacks on ports of Tripoli, following similar NATO raids on Thursday on these ports and installations in the towns of Sirte and Al-Khums, in the eastern region of Libya. Continue reading

NATO Bombs Tripoli Port, Gaddafi Residence

Tripoli, May 22 (Prensa Latina) NATO stepped up its bombings of the Libyan capital on Sunday, targeting the port and a residential complex of leader Muammar Gaddafi, state television reported.

Official sources said NATO planes carried out several military raids early today against the Tripoli shoreline, where they sank five ships in a similar bombing on Thursday. Continue reading

Libyan Gov’t: NATO is Cause of Deaths, Humanitarian Crisis

Tripoli, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Libya accused NATO on Saturday of causing deaths and a humanitarian crisis with its indiscriminate bombings, after attacks on three ports restricted the movement of ships carrying aid for civilians. Continue reading

NATO Attacks Libyan Ports, Destroys Ships

Tripoli, May 20 (Prensa Latina) NATO attacked three Libyan ports, including that of the capital, on Friday destroying eight ships after the Gadaffi administration considered Barack Obama’s predictions for this country as “deceptive”. Continue reading

Libya: Under Western Military, Media Seige

Tripoli, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Pro-Gaddafi forces clashed Thursday with armed rebels, backed by NATO air raids, in different areas of the country, while the government denied reports of desertions by officials and relatives of the Libyan leader. Continue reading

UN Requests 408 Million for Humanitarian Aid to Libya

United Nations, May 18 (Prensa Latina) United Nations on Wednesday raised to 408 million dollar to its request for funds for humanitarian aid to Libya until early September this year, compared to 160 million requested in early March. Continue reading

Libyan Gov´t Favors Political Solution, NATO Increases Bombings

Tripoli, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Muammar Gaddafi´s government undertook new steps to reach a political solution to its conflict with the armed opposition, despite NATO´s stepped-up bombings of Libya on Wednesday, including civilian zones in the capital. Continue reading

NATO Bombed Civilian Buildings in Tripoli, Rebels Advance

Tripoli, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Residencial and governmental office buildings were considerably damaged by NATO air attacks to Tripoli, where supporters of the Libyan leader Meuammar El Gadafi condemned this Tuesday the aggressions against civilians. Continue reading

NATO Bombs Libyan Oil Center, Rejects Truce Offer

Tripoli, May 16 (Prensa Latina) NATO plans to extend its bombings of Libya on Monday, after attacking an oil facility in Ras Lanuf and other areas of the capital, as it rejected a truce offer from the Muammar Gaddafi government.

On Sunday night, NATO warplanes destroyed methanol tanks and sparked oil leaks in the Ras Lanuf oil facility in eastern Libya, halfway between Tripoli and the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Continue reading

NATO Bombs Tripoli and Brega, Kills 16

Tripoli, May 14 (Prensa Latina) NATO planes once more bombed the Libyan capital and the oil city of Brega, killing at least 16 people, government sources informed, and denied stories concerning Muammar Gaddafi”s health.

The main NATO target was a building located in the Bab Al-Aziziyah compound where Gaddafi usually resides, the local state television reported, but denied stories that Gaddafi was hurt.

Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the Libyan leader is safe and is still in Tripoli, thus refuting statements by Italian diplomatic sources.

Shortly after Ibrahim’s denial, Al Jamahiriya channel reproduced a voice message in which Gaddafi said he is in a place where they cannot find or kill him.

NATO has intensified attacks on Tripoli in the latest weeks, with drones flying over the city at night and daybreak to hit civilian and military targets, though its spokespersons affirm that they target “alleged command posts and checkpoints.”