Video: If you were standing up straight, your head would be clipped off from this low pass from a fighter jet. That's how close this Libyan MiG-23 is flying to the ground. The flyby is terrifyingly low and ridiculously fast and it is completely wild, especially considering how Libya only has a smattering of these jets and is in total chaos right now. So yeah. It's crazy.
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The treasure was kept mostly in two wooden chests and locked away in a bank vault: thousands of coins, jewellery and figurines, some around 2600 years old. For decades it sat in the bank, unattended despite the historical and monetary value. Then, as a popular uprising erupted around the downtown bank last winter, someone entered the vault and made off with the trove.
If you're a wealthy, militant despot of a nation and your sovereignty is slipping away, WikiLeaks has discovered that you can attempt to prevent an uprising by hiring a network of spies who operate in the private sector and will keep tabs on citizens who threaten your reign.
In reporting on the Fall of Tripoli, Reuters tells the inside story of Abdel Majid Mlegta, a caterer who supplied the victuals for Gaddafi's regime. Putting key inside information on a series of memory sticks, this man was instrumental in bringing Gaddafi down.
Muammar Gaddafi was a desperate man even before the civil war, and it shows more since the recent fall of Tripoli. the Wall Street Journal reports that Gaddafi had the Libyan people systematically spied upon online for years. And international tech companies helped.
With rebel forces in Tripoli and Muammar Gaddafi on the run, the end could be near for the Libyan civil war. Sporadic fighting continues in the capital city of the oil-rich North African nation, NATO warplanes are still patrolling overhead, and there's always the danger of Gadhafi true-believers launching a fresh insurgency.
The Libyan freedom fighters had some serious DIY brilliance, but at least one of their toys was store bought — the Scout micro UAV. The tiny 1.4kg drone provided aerial recon on Gaddafi's men, and helped kick their arses to Tripoli.
As Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year reign comes to an end, Google Maps has followed the rebellion's lead by renaming Green Square, Tripoli back to it's pre-Gaddafi name. The former seat of the regime now goes by Martyr's Square. This is change.
Ever since rebels more or less seized control of Tripoli this weekend, there's been something else on the verge of liberation besides the embattled city' residents: their internet.
Reports are coming in from the regions that Muammar Gaddafi and his sons have fled Libya. Al Jazeera reports that Pro-Gaddafi residents in Tripoli have gotten texts telling them to "eliminate agents with weapons".