September 17, 2019

Colonel Gaddafi killed in Sirte fighting

Libya's former leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after his convoy tried to fight its way out of his birth city of Sirte. The circumstances of his death are not yet clear. Fighters loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC) said they found him hiding in a hole, and shot him … [Read more...]

Libyan government forces enter Sirte

The three day assault by Libyan government fighters on one of Muammar Gaddafi's last strongholds - the city of Sirte - has breached the defences and its capture is only hours away. Soldiers traded rocket fire with Gaddafi loyalists as they edged from the eastern suburbs into the city. Two … [Read more...]

NATO admits killing BBC journalist in Afghanistan

The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Afghanistan has admitted it killed BBC reporter Ahmed Omed Khpulwak in July. Isaf said a US soldier mistook the BBC Pashto service journalist for an insurgent when troops responded to a militant attack in the town of Tarin Kowt in … [Read more...]

Gaddafi vows to fight on in Libya

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to carry on fighting his enemies in an audio recording broadcast on a loyalist TV station based in Damascus, Syria of all places. "The Libyan people cannot kneel, cannot surrender, we are not women," he said in the message on the al-Rai … [Read more...]

Libyan rebels capture Zawiya oil refinery

The major oil refinery outside the Libyan town of Zawiya has been captured by rebel forces after a short battle. The refinery was the last major source of oil for the Gaddafi regime and unless his forces can counter attack it is another nail in the coffin for his rule. Fighting is still going … [Read more...]

Libya rebels fight for town only 50km from Tripoli

Libyan rebel forces are engaged in heavy fighting with forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in the coastal town of Zawiya only 50km from Tripoli. Both sides are claiming to have control of the town which is a vital road link between the Libyan capital and the Tunisian border. The oil … [Read more...]

Libya rebels claim Gaddafi son Khamis killed in airstrike

A Libyan rebel spokesman claims that a Nato air attack in Zlitan has killed 32 people, including Muammar Gaddafi's son Khamis. Khamis is a senior figure in the Gaddafi regime and one of its main military commanders. Zlitan is a frontline town where some of Gaddafi's most loyal and best … [Read more...]

Wali Karzai assassinated by security chief

Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been assassinated at his home in Kandahar by his security chief. Ahmed Wali Karzai was a leading power broker in Southern Afghanistan, was shot dead at his house by his long-time head of security, Sardar Mohammed, who was … [Read more...]

France confirms weapons drops to Libyan rebels

The French military has confirmed that weapons have been air-dropped to rebels fighting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's troops in Western Libya. Light arms, ammunition, rocket launchers and anti-tank missiles were sent to Berber tribal fighters in the Nafusa mountains in early June. "We began by … [Read more...]

Italy urges NATO to suspend hostilities in Libya

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has called on Nato to suspend hostilities in Libya to allow humanitarian aid to be brought to the war-torn country. Mr Frattini warned Nato's credibility is at risk because of recent civilian casualties from its bombing campaign. Arab League Chairman … [Read more...]

NATO admits “systems failure” in Tripoli raid civilian deaths

Nato has admitted "a weapons systems failure" in an air strike on Libyan capital, Tripoli on Sunday that led to civilian casualties. In a statement, NATO said the intended target of the strike was a military missile site, but "it appears that one weapon" did not hit it. "Nato regrets the loss … [Read more...]

Eight senior Libya military officers defect to rebels

Eight senior Libyan military officers - including five generals - have defected from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's army and joined the rebels. At a news conference in Rome the men appealed to fellow soldiers in Gaddafi's army to join them and back the rebels. One of the generals' named as On Ali … [Read more...]

Nato airstrike in Afghanistan kills 14 civilians

A Nato air strike in Afghanistan has killed 14 civilian after the missiles missed their target and hit two houses. A US marine base in Nawzad District, in south-west Afghanistan's Helmand province, came under attack and a coalition soldier was killed. Airstrikes were called in to hit the … [Read more...]

Seven US soldiers killed in Afghanistan by IED

Eight NATO soldiers have been confirmed dead after two improvised explosive devices exploded near them in southern Afghanistan. The Pentagon has confirmed that seven of the dead are American soldiers. An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) military official said the attack occurred in … [Read more...]

South African President Zuma to visit Libya’s Gaddafi

South African President Jacob Zuma is to visit Libya next week for talks with Western Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, according to a statement on the South African leader's website. Zuma will meet Gaddafi in Tripoli on Monday in "his capacity as a member of the African Union high level panel for … [Read more...]