His name is one with a very powerful and well-respected meaning – “Sword of Islam”. Yet the most prominent son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, has never truely lived up to the meaning of his name. Maybe for that reason the Libyan opposition fighters labeled him “Saif al-Kufr” instead – Sword of Disbelief.
Today Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi was captured by captured by the forces of the Transitional Council in Obari in the South of Libya and taken to Tripolis in a plane.
For months the Gaddafi son had been living in hiding, releasing audio tapes in which he called the opposition enemies of Libya. “Go to hell you rats and NATO”, he said in a audio tape released in October. Read the rest of this entry »
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi sits in an airplane in Zintan, LIbya, on Saturday after being captured in the southern desert and flown to the northern city.
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – Moammar Gadhafi’s son has been captured in the desert by fighters who plan to hold him until there is a Libyan administration to which they can hand him over, according to media reports Saturday.
Gadhafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, 39, had been accused of crimes against humanity.
Saif al-Islam was captured near the southern desert city of Obari and flown to the fighters’ base in Zintan, in northern Libya, the BBC reported.
It was unclear Saturday whether al-Islam will face trial in Libya or whether he will be transferred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands, for a trial there for his alleged involvement in the killings of civilian protesters. Read the rest of this entry »
Black Flag – A mysterious Islamist banner has been popping up across the Middle East, from Benghazi to Lebanon.
Recent days have seen a spate of stories about a mysterious flag appearing in Benghazi, Libya: a black banner that reads “No god but God” in distinctive white lettering with what could be a reproduction of the Prophet Mohammad‘s seal underneath.”Were it not for the deficiencies of reporting on Libya in the mainstream Western media,” writes John Rosenthal in the National Review, “the appearance of al-Qaeda flags in the capital of the anti-Qaddafi rebellion should come as no surprise.” Writing for Vice, Sherif Elhelwa reports that he even saw the flag flying atop the famous Benghazi courthouse that became a hotbed of resistance in Muammar al-Qaddafi‘s waning days, and that his efforts to find out why it was there were met with suspicion and threats. Read the rest of this entry »
Tripoli – Libya‘s Zintan Brigade, formed by its cult leader who died in a fierce battle with Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, refuses to cede control of vital installations in Tripoli until the Libyan capital is safe.
“We are all sons of Mohammed Ali Madani” who was killed in combat on May 01, said one proud brigade member on Tuesday, echoing the feelings of his comrades, as they basked in the hot sun at the Regatta seafront complex on the outskirts of Tripoli where Gaddafi’s sons had luxurious beach bungalows. Read the rest of this entry »
Six reasons why it’s been so tough to get Qaddafi to quit.
BY DANIEL BYMAN, MATTHEW WAXMAN | JUNE 2, 2011
As the war in Libya drags on, the United States faces a familiar predicament: Why, despite possessing overwhelming military superiority over any foe, does it have such a hard time using the threat of force to push much weaker dictators around?
This isn’t a new problem. During the 1990s, the United States and its allies found it much harder than expected to convince Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to stop repressing opposition groups and open suspected weapons facilities to inspectors, to protect civilians in Bosnia, to force Somali warlords to stop pillaging humanitarian relief efforts, and to compel Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to end his violent ethnic cleansing campaign in Kosovo.
A decade ago, we wrote a book pondering this very puzzle. The short answer was that political constraints often bind the United States and its coalition partners much more tightly than their adversaries, and in ways that offset advantages in raw military power. Those painfully learned lessons apply more than ever in Libya today and help explain why Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi isn’t flinching against the world’s most sophisticated military forces — despite his near-complete international isolation.
Photographer Anton Hammerl’s final photos of the Libyan rebel front.
MAY 20, 2011
Xavier Mas de Xaxàs spent a day under fire with Anton Hammerl.
Anton Hammerl/Africa Media Online
Rebel fighters heading toward the front line near Brega on April 3.