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Archive for October 17th, 2012

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 Hundreds of mourners have attended a memorial service in San Francisco for Christopher Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya killed in an attack in Benghazi last month. The Libyan ambassador to Washington, Ali Aujali, described him as a “friend and hero” and apologised for his death. Mr Stevens died of smoke inhalation when he was trapped  [ Read More ]

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 The Supreme Security Committee is set to be dissolved by the end of this year according to Hashim Bishar, head of the SSC’s Tripoli branch. Bishar says that the preparations have already started following instructions from the Ministry of Interior for the different security departments to provide their assessment of how many men they need to  [ Read More ]

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, phoned Libyan Prime Minister-elect Ali Zeidan yesterday, Tuesday, to congratulate him on being elected to the post by the General National Congress. Monti stressed that Italy was fully confident in the future of Libya.  The personality of the new prime minister-elect and his history of opposition to the previous regime, he said, demonstrated  [ Read More ]

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 Ali Zidan has said he is confident that he will succeed in choosing his cabinet within the two-weeks allotted by the National Congress from the date of his election. The prime minister-elect added, however, that should he be unable to meet the deadline for any reason, he is confident he would be granted a ten-day extension  [ Read More ]

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 The authorities in Misrata are calling for a quick and strong military operation inside Bani Walid, a town they describe as the “cancer of Libya”. According to them, if Qaddafi loyalists still residing in the town are not removed by force in the next few days, the forces working against the 17 February revolution will rise  [ Read More ]

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 Muammar Gaddafi died from wounds he suffered in an attack by rebels after he had already been captured and not in a firefight, according to a major report today on the Libyan dictator’s last hours. In the most definitive account to date of his final moments, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Gaddafi was injured by shrapnel  [ Read More ]

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 The president’s debate claim was false, but more sinister is that it betrays his inability to perceive the failure of his Libya policy Given the importance of American national security, it was discouraging that the issue did not come up in 2012’s “town hall” presidential debate until the last 30 minutes. Fortunately, however, when moderator Candy  [ Read More ]

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 The president may have sidestepped Mitt Romney, but he still hasn’t addressed key issues about security in the Middle East Barack Obama deftly fended off Mitt Romney’s attempt to pin accusations of a cover-up over the Benghazi killings on him at the presidential debate on Tuesday, with the Republican candidate emerging worse for the encounter. But there are  [ Read More ]

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 Mitt Romney was dramatically corrected mid-debate by the moderator after he inaccurately claimed that President Barack Obama had failed to immediately describe the Benghazi killings as an “act of terror”. In one of the tensest moments of the 90-minute debate, the Republican candidate directly challenged Mr Obama’s claim that he had called the killings a terrorist attack within  [ Read More ]