Security, Defence & Intelligence

US believes al-Qa'ida is on the verge of defeat after deputy leader's death

American and Pakistani officials said al-Qa'ida's second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another blow to a terrorist group that the US believes to be on the verge of defeat.

Lockerbie Case: Libyans Won't Deport Bomber

The Wall Street Journal 29.08.2011
In this Aug. 20, 2009 file photo, Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, gestures on his arrival in Tripoli, Libya. The Libyan rebels' interim government says it will not deport the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

The Libyan rebel government won't deport the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, its justice minister said. New York senators last week asked the Libyan national transitional government to hold Abdel-Baset al-Megrahi fully accountable for...


Baghdad Mosque Bombing Kills at Least 29

Zaid Sabah and Danielle Ivory Bloomberg.com 29.08.2011
Baghdad Mosque Bombing Kills at Least 29

A suicide bomber who blew himself up inside Um Al-Qura mosque west of Baghdad killed at least 29 people and wounded 38 others, according to Iraqi police and hospital officials, the Associated Press reported.

Gadhafi forces killed detainees, survivors say

BEN HUBBARD and KARIN LAUB AP 29.08.2011
Gadhafi forces killed detainees, survivors say

Retreating loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi killed scores of detainees and arbitrarily shot civilians over the past week, as rebel forces extended their control over the Libyan capital, survivors and a human rights group said Sunday.


Libya: Scottish officials still in dark as to whereabouts of Lockerbie bomber

THE Scottish justice secretary said officials are trying to contact Libyan rebel leaders as part of efforts to track down the Lockerbie bomber.

Russia, China resist U.N. Syria sanctions push...

Louis Charbonneau Reuters 27.08.2011
Russia, China resist U.N. Syria sanctions push...

A U.S. and European push to impose U.N. Security Council sanctions on Syria for its bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators is meeting fierce resistance from Russia and China, U.N. diplomats said.


Gadafy daughter who 'died' in 1986 alive

MARY FITZGERALD The Irish Times 27.08.2011
Gadafy daughter who 'died' in 1986 alive

The adopted daughter of Muammar Gadafy, whom he claimed died as an infant in the 1986 US bombing of his Tripoli compound, appears to be alive and worked as a doctor in the Libyan capital, documents discovered by The Irish Times indicate.

Nuclear experts warn of Libya "dirty bomb" material

A research center near Tripoli has stocks of nuclear material that could be used to make a "dirty bomb," a former senior U.N. inspector said on Wednesday, warning of possible looting during turmoil in Libya.


Price on Gaddafi's head as fighting goes on

Missy Ryan and Ulf Laessing Reuters 25.08.2011
Price on Gaddafi's head as fighting goes on

Libya's new masters offered a million-dollar bounty for the fugitive Muammar Gaddafi, after he urged his men to fight on in battles across parts of the capital.

Gadhafi's Compound Falls

CHARLES LEVINSON The Wall Street Journal 24.08.2011
Gadhafi's Compound Falls

Triumphant rebel fighters and thousands of ordinary Libyans stormed Col. Moammar Gadhafi's fortress compound here Tuesday after a daylong battle, but the elusive strongman was nowhere to be found.


400 dead, 2,000 wounded in battle for Tripoli: rebel leader

Four hundred people were killed and 2,000 wounded in three days of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi in the Libyan capital Tripoli, the head of the rebel council said Wednesday.

Qaddafi’s Son Taunts Rebels in Tripoli

DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and KAREEM FAHIM The New York Times 23.08.2011
Qaddafi’s Son Taunts Rebels in Tripoli

The euphoria that followed the rebels’ triumphant march in Tripoli gave way to confusion and wariness on Monday, as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi remained at large, his son Seif al-Islam made a surprise appearance at a hotel with foreign journalists, an...


US Military Intervention in Libya Cost At Least $896 Million

The cost of U.S. military intervention in Libya has cost American taxpayers an estimated $896 million through July 31, the Pentagon said today.

Clashes near Gadhafi compound in Libyan capital

KARIN LAUB and BEN HUBBARD AP 22.08.2011
Clashes near Gadhafi compound in Libyan capital

Clashes broke out early Monday near Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli, a day after rebels poured into the Libyan capital in a stunning advance that met little resistance from the regime's defenders.


'Mossad plotted to harm Egyptian fertility'

Roee Nahmias Ynetnews 18.08.2011
'Mossad plotted to harm Egyptian fertility'

Israeli citizen Ofir Harrari, recently accused by Egypt of spying for Israel, was allegedly involved in a complicated scheme intended to harm Egyptian reproduction abilities, Egypt's official state paper Al-Ahram has claimed.

Libya rebels fight for refineries; U.S. sends drones

Rebels to the west and east of Libya's capital fought forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi for control of oil facilities vital to winning the six-month-old civil war.


Libyan rebels claim they will topple Gaddafi by the end of August

Gaddafi regime officials were in talks with a special UN envoy on Tuesday night as rebels claimed they would take Tripoli by the end of the month and the US said the dictator’s “days are numbered”.

Col Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan government appeared to be preparing for a last violent final showdown after it emerged that his beleaguered regime had fired a Scud missile at rebel territory as opposition forces closed in on Tripoli.


Iran's acceleration of its nuclear programme angers the west

Western capitals have reacted angrily to an announcement by Iran that it is installing more advanced centrifuges in a uranium enrichment plant with the aim of accelerating its nuclear programme.

Reports: US drone shot down over Iran nuke site

A U.S. drone was shot down while flying over a nuclear facility in Iran, according to reports in the Iranian media.



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