Seif al-Islam el-Gadhafi, the son of the former dictator and the most recognizable living face of the old Libyan regime, was captured by Libyan militia fighters today in the southwestern desert, where he was apparently attempting to cross the border.
|By: David Dayen Monday October 24, 2011 12:45 pm|
There are more stories emerging of atrocities against civilians in Libya, the last apparently involving mass graves of pro-Gaddafi loyalits.
|By: David Dayen Thursday October 20, 2011 6:58 am|
Reports coming from Libya have been notoriously sketchy, so some caution should be exercised. Plus, Seif al-Islam al-Gadhafi got away from capture after the rebels left him in a room with an underground tunnel, so even if this story is correct it may not be the end of the story. But all reports from Sirte today indicate that Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya for over four decades, has been captured and, according to some reports, killed, as the Libyan rebels took control of Sirte, the final holdout among major cities in the country.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 2, 2011 2:30 pm|
We never really got a clean sense of the rebels who NATO helped to bring to power in Libya. That picture is becoming slightly clearer.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 23, 2011 7:25 am|
While many allies of the President, “Democratic strategists” and the like were exultant over the fall of Gadhafi in Libya, world leaders were more subdued, because they knew he had not been captured, and Tripoli was not entirely in the hands of the rebels. We’ve seen ebbs and flows throughout the civil war in Libya, and the potential existed for another one. And that’s what appears to be happening.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 23, 2011 6:30 am|
Losts of stuff going on today. The world is flying apart, opBart is happening and dday tells us Libya is far from settled. But the Tar Sands 65 are finally out of jail — wait till you see the Tar Babes! –and we don’t have to eat those terrible not really cheese sandwiches. So let’s get on with it by catching up from dday’s news roundup from late yesterday.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 22, 2011 7:05 am|
The rebels in Libya have control over much of Tripoli at this hour. Fighting continues in pockets, and Moammar Gadhafi has gone missing. David Ignatius believes he and his family are preparing exit to Angola. Two of his sons are under the control of the rebels, captured last night. There will still be a dangerous fight to mop up the remaining military pieces of the old regime, including Gadhafi himself. But from a 1,000-foot view, this looks like a successful, home-grown revolution.
|By: David Dayen Sunday August 21, 2011 4:00 pm|
There have been a lot of false starts and dashed hopes in Libya for the rebel forces. Indeed this is the second time they’ve captured Zawiya, seen as the decisive city on the road to Tripoli. But this time appears different, mainly because the rebels have cut off the supply lines to the main oil refinery, and more important, the people of Tripoli have risen up against the Gadhafi regime.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 31, 2011 7:00 am|
Any hopes that South African President Jacob Zuma would be able to mediate a resolution to the Libyan civil war have apparently gone by the boards after his one-day visit. Zuma did meet with Moammar Gadhafi, and said that Gadhafi was ready to implement the African Union “roadmap” accompanying a cease-fire. But while that plan includes reforms, it does not call for Gadhafi to step down, and it’s unclear whether he would agree to that. Anyway, the AU roadmap is already a dead document, having been rejected by the opposition.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 26, 2011 7:18 pm|
It is telling that Gadhafi is not even mentioned in the document at all. And certainly, this does not hew to the demands of the Libyan rebels that Gadhafi leave the country and go into exile. But I would say it offers a framework to ease the current regime from the scene and install a more democratic structure. Obviously Gadhafi hasn’t backed up prior agreements with actions.