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 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 Wednesday April 6, 2011 7:35 am|
The Libyan opposition, feeling entitled to direct military operations despite assurances that the mission would not be used in that fashion, is angrily demanding more and better airstrikes on Gadhafi’s troops. In case you had any doubt that the opposition views NATO as their air force, read on. . . .
|By: David Dayen Monday April 4, 2011 8:02 am|
I don’t believe the Gadhafi regime is that concerned about the rebels themselves, who are just learning to use their guns and who have serious issues with dissension among their military leadership. But the military air campaign from the international coalition gives time and space for the rebels to work out their differences and figure out how to fight. And in the meantime it’s destroying most of their heavy-duty military assets. The regime probably rightly believes that some ground forces will eventually be introduced to the conflict. And anyway, with the chaos of war comes palace intrigue.