Tagged With muammar gaddafi
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.
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".
Life imitates art - or at least, life imitates really bad super villain movies. Russia's special envoy to Africa tells the UK Telegraph that Libyan head of state/accomplished lunatic plans to "cover with missiles and blow it up". Plan B!
TANGO ZULU, TANGO ZULU, THIS IS RED NINER, CAN YOU HEAR ME? GOD DAMNIT, YOU'RE BREAKING UP. WE'VE GOT HOSTILES ON THE GROUND, NEED AIR COVER NOW! DO YOU READ ME? Oh forget it, I'll just tweet at you.
Libya's air power is destroyed. Its ground power is (largely) blasted. All because of a persistent storm of aircraft enforcing a strict no-fly zone - planes like this French Super Etendard fighter, dumping a plume of fuel across the sun.
Those military advisors from France, Britain and Italy can't reach Benghazi fast enough. While Libya's rebels might have the zeal to fight Muammar Gaddafi, the weapons in their arsenal are laughable, pitiful or outright useless.
Two armed Libyan government personnel are firing teargas on protesters in a city street. A common sight except for the uncommon vehicles they're in: US-built Toyota Tundra utes, modified for combat by a US company. An exclusive Jalopnik investigation reveals how these trucks ended up in the hands of Moammar Qaddafi's government.
When Colonel Gaddafi seized control of the internet and jammed cellular networks, it left two million Libyans without secure wireless communication to each other or the world. It also caused mayhem for the rebels, who were left coordinating their battle fronts with only hand signals, "a throw-back that proved disastrous," says the WSJ.