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BBC | Matthew Price | August 11, 2011

The Libyan government has taken correspondents to Zlitan, to see the aftermath of a Nato strike that it says killed 85 civilians. Nato says it hit a military staging base. The BBC’s Matthew Price went along to weigh the competing claims.

A photocopied version of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea lay in the rubble. Next to it were school books, their pages fluttering in the light breeze. (more…)

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AFP | Herve Bar | August 9, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya — The United States has launched a diplomatic offensive against Libya among African nations as Tripoli accused NATO of a “massacre” of 85 villagers in air strikes in support of rebels.

American diplomats are visiting several African countries as part of efforts to urge leaders to press Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi to leave power immediately, officials in Washington said on Tuesday. (more…)

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The Associated Press | New York Times | July 30, 2011

SANA, Yemen (AP) — Government airstrikes in southern Yemen against Islamist militants accidentally killed 14 pro-government tribesmen, a Yemeni security official said Saturday.

The botched airstrikes reflect the difficulty the imperiled government has had battling for survival on multiple fronts since a popular uprising against the longtime president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, began six months ago. Armed tribesmen are fighting government forces in a number of areas around the country, and Islamist militants, some allied with Al Qaeda, have overrun entire towns in the restive south.

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Reuters | Saif Tawfiq | June 20, 2011

The Libyan government said on Monday 19 civilians were killed in a NATO air strike on the home of one of Muammar Gaddafi’s top officials, a day after NATO admitted killing civilians in a separate aerial attack.

Libyan officials took reporters to Surman, 70 km (45 miles) west of Tripoli, to the site of what they said was a NATO air strike on the home of Khouildi Hamidi, a member of Libya’s 12-strong Revolutionary Command Council, led by Gaddafi. (more…)

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The Gaurdian | Chris Stephen & Nick Hopkins | June 8, 2011

Tension between Libyan rebels and Nato commanders is growing over the military tactics being used to put pressure on Colonel Gaddafi’s forces.

Rebel leaders in Misrata say they are being urged not to launch further pushes against regime troops to the east of the city, and claim they have been told not to cross certain “red lines”, even though they feel prepared for battle. (more…)

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CNN | June 7, 2011

Tripoli, Libya — At least 25 loud explosions rocked Tripoli midday Tuesday, as NATO airstrikes hit a military base and near Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s compound.

Libya State TV reported that buildings and infrastructure near Gadhafi’s compound were destroyed in the strike. (more…)

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AP | Diaa Hadid | June 6, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — A series of NATO airstrikes targeted sites around Tripoli early Monday as increasingly frequent attacks raised pressure on Moammar Gadhafi’s beleaguered regime.

The overnight strikes appeared to target sites on Tripoli’s outskirts. It wasn’t immediately clear what they targeted — Libyan government officials were not available for comment. They followed pounding explosions that shook Tripoli on Sunday. (more…)

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