Efforts to prevent forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from attacking civilians have been complicated by weather and the regime's decision to hide military equipment in populated areas and to use human shields, NATO Brig. Gen. Marc van Uhm said Tuesday.
An academic, entertainers and a member of the board of a Libyan charity are among the high-profile beneficiaries of Libyan hospitality who have distanced themselves from the oil-rich government and its leaders in recent days.
While state TV bounced between scenes of serene concert footage and orderly rallies in support of leader Moammar Gadhafi, eyewitnesses describe a far different, far more chaotic Libya -- one with arms-toting mercenaries, demonstrators ramming stolen tanks into a military base and masked men firing guns and blasting pro-government tunes from their sport utility vehicles.
The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi early Monday proposed the speedy implementation of significant democratic reforms in the traditionally restrictive country, while warning of a chaotic civil war, return to colonialism and mass poverty if citizens sided with anti-government demonstrators.
The White House is "analyzing" the speech of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi to see "what possibilities it contains for meaningful reform," a senior U.S. administration official said Sunday night after the Libyan leader's son took to the airwaves to propose speedy implementation of significant democratic reforms following days of anti-government demonstrations.
The long and intricate peace negotiations between the Libyan government and a radical Islamist group were nearly derailed by the sudden death in a Tripoli prison of a prominent Libyan Jihadist, Libyan sources revealed to CNN.
A recently completed peace deal with an Islamic militant group in Libya will help pave the way for the political opening and economic modernization of Libya, Saif al Islam al Gadhafi, the second eldest son of Libya's leader told CNN in an exclusive interview.