Forces under the command of General Hafter made a surprise advance on the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli, on Thursday, setting up a battle with a coalition of armed factions from the region around the city -- the grand prize in a chaotic eight-year fight for control after the ouster of Muammar el-Qaddafi
. Tripoli is the northern African country's financial hub, receiving the income from sales of Libyan oil, housing the central bank and paying the salaries of soldiers and other public employees across the country.
Its military has repeatedly engaged in regime-change efforts during the past half-century, wholly in violation of international law and the UN Charter, including two recent operations to overthrow leaders (Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Muammar el-Qaddafi
) who had acceded to US demands to end their nuclear programs.
By adopting this nonsense dogma, developed countries enabled resource-rich authoritarian leaders like Muammar el-Qaddafi
in Libya, and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Iran, to use their oil reserves as tools to oppose the West and particularly its support for Israel.
. In recent months the United Nations has struggled to persuade two groups of Libyan officials who claim to be the countrys rightful leaders to band together.
, the violence threatens to turn Libya into a pocket of chaos destabilizing North Africa for years to come.
, the Libyan leader," NYT reported.
In Libya, armed militias have filled the void left by the fall of strongman Muammar el-Qaddafi
. In Syria, the uprising has morphed into a civil war that's left more than 100,000 dead and provided a haven for Islamic extremists.
The central bank is to deposit USD2bn in the Egyptian central bank, after Egypt initiated measures to arrest and extradite former aides of slain Libyan dictator, Col Muammar el-Qaddafi
While disseminating those first images of the Muammar el-Qaddafi
regime's clashes with rebels and attacks on civilians, Nabbous was shot and killed.
, and since the revolution and his death, the new leaders have failed to honor China's contracts.
And in March 2011, he was captured by Muammar el-Qaddafi
's forces along with three other Times journalists.
Barack Obama then appointed a special representative to the rebels as the slide toward intervention continued, insisting that "Muammar el-Qaddafi
has lost the legitimacy to lead, and he must leave." He did not say whether the U.S.