Libyan revolutionaries reach Ugaylah


Libyan revolutionary forces have reached Ugaylah after recapturing the two key cities of Ajdabiya and Brega from pro-Gaddafi forces amid the US-led airstrikes on the country.

Libyan opposition forces reached Ugaylah as they were pushing their advance westwards on Sunday.

The Libyan opposition on Saturday wrested back control of the strategic oil town of Ajdabiya in south of Benghazi following intense battles with forces loyal to Libyan embattled ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

The revolutionaries pushed Gaddafi’s forces out of Ajdabiya, which has been under siege for more than a week, with the opposition forces holding the city center amid shelling from government troops positioned on the outskirts.

Opposition forces say troops loyal to Gaddafi are now on the retreat and moving to the town of al-Bisher.

Regime troops captured Brega and Ajdabiya two weeks ago following fierce fighting.

Clashes are still underway in the western city of Misratah.

This comes as Western forces continue pounding Libyan military installations.

The UK Ministry of Defense earlier said British warplanes have hit several armored vehicles on the outskirts of Ajdabiya and Brega.

French fighter jets have reportedly destroyed several warplanes and helicopters in Misratah.

A Libyan government spokesman says the fresh Western-led airstrikes have left many civilians dead.


Libya says ready to accept AU mediation

Libyan opposition fighters try to cover from tank shelling near the eastern town of Ajdabiya. Senior Liby

Senior Libyan officials say the country’s longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi is ready to accept an African Union-mediated political solution to the unfolding crisis in the country.

“We are ready to implement the Road Map envisaged [by] the High-Level Committee mandated by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union,” the Libyan delegation to AU talks said in a statement in Addis Ababa on Friday.

This comes after the African leaders gathered in the Ethiopian capital to discuss the ongoing Libyan crisis.

Gaddafi had also dispatched a high-level delegation to join the African Union talks.

The talks also included EU, UN and Arab League representatives.

It could not immediately be confirmed if representatives from the Benghazi-based National Libyan Council were present at the talks.

The council, headed by Libya’s former Justice Minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, plans to lead the country to an election.

Jalil was among the first high-profile Libyan figures to join protesters following the Gaddafi regime’s brutal crackdown on the opposition.

Latest reports say US-led Western warplanes have struck Libyan ground forces for a seventh consecutive day near strategically-important towns.

The US and its Western allies have carried out a bombing campaign against Libya since the Security Council ratified the no-fly zone over the African nation.

Libya says many civilians have been killed in the airstrikes.

The developments also come as revolutionary forces are gearing up for a new attack on troops loyal to Gaddafi to win back the eastern city of Adabiyah.

US fighter jet crashes in Libya

Picture shows locals inspecting an American F-15 jet that crashed in a field near Benghazi.

The US military says an American warplane has crashed in Libya as Western coalition forces attack the north African country for the third consecutive night.

A spokesman for the US military Africa Command said on Tuesday that the F-15E Strike Eagle jet crashed in a field near the eastern city of Benghazi overnight.

Karin Burzynski said the crash was likely caused by mechanical failure and not hostile fire.

One crew member has been recovered and an operation is currently under way
to recover the other one, said Ken Fidler, another spokesman for Africa Command.

The developments come as US-led coalition forces have targeted embattled Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s air and ground forces.

Meanwhile, the cities of Ajdabiyah and Misratah are still under siege by Gaddafi loyalists, and civilians are still being killed.

Dozens of civilians have also been killed in Libya since the US, Britain, France and some other Western countries launched their attacks on the North African country.

It is the biggest Western military intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Experts say the main motive behind the Western allies’ attack is the vast oil reserves in the North African country.

Anti-aircraft fire heard in Tripoli


At least two explosions and a series of anti-aircraft fire by the Libyan military have been heard in Tripoli as the Western forces continued the airstrikes in the country.

The sky above the Libyan capital lit up with Libyan anti-aircraft fire again on Tuesday night after at least two powerful blasts crackled in the capital.

The exact site of the far-off explosions is still unknown, AFP reported.

Russia urges immediate Libya ceasefire

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov

Russian defense minister has called for immediate ceasefire in Libya as US-led military coalition forces escalates their aerial and sea attacks on the north African country.

“Russia wants to see an immediate ceasefire in Libya and the start of political negotiations,” Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov told visiting US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday.

“We are convinced that the shortest path to the safety of peaceful civilians is through an immediate ceasefire and the start of dialogue,” Serdyukov added.

The call comes after Russia’s prime minister denounced a UN Security Council resolution authorizing a military offensive against Libya.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says the resolution is defective and flawed, and resembles “the medieval calls for crusades.”

The Russian premier also accused the US of acting without conscience or logic.

Russia abstained from last week’s vote in the UN Security Council authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya.

US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen has acknowledged that the US-led military invasion of Libya could lead to a deadlock in the country.

The top military commander said told CBS news on Sunday that the end-game of military action in Libya was “very uncertain.”

Dozens of civilians have been killed in Libya since the US, Britain, France and some other Western countries launched their attacks on the North African country.

Experts say the main motive behind the Western allies’ attack is the vast oil reserves in the North African country.

This is the biggest Western military intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

‘Libya invasion violates UNSC resolution’

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) speaks during a joint press conference with Arab League chief Amr Moussa in Cairo on March 21, 2011.

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa says the US-led invasion of Libya violates a UN Security Council resolution adopted to protect Libyan civilians.

Moussa made the remarks at joint press briefing with UN chief Ban Ki-moon in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Monday.

Moussa criticized the US-led airstrikes on Libya and said the UN resolution was meant to only impose a no-fly zone over Libya.

“What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians,” he said.

“This is unacceptable. The Security Council has an authority and bears responsibility in this matter — so we gave this matter over to the Security Council as the authority for international peace and security and for this reason we requested a resolution and supported this resolution,” Moussa said.

At the press conference in Cairo, the UN chief for his turn defended the UN resolution on Libya, saying it is aimed at protecting civilians from Gaddafi forces. Ban further urged the Libyan officials to comply with the UN Security Council resolution.

Witnesses say dozens of anti-war protesters attacked Ban’s car as it left the premises of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo and chanted slogans such as “Down, down with the US and Italy.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of people in the US have taken to the streets to protest against the military attack on Libya. The demonstrations were also held to mark the eighth anniversary of the Iraq war.

Protesters held high anti-war placards and protested against the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Demonstrators described the attack on Libya a mistake.

An airstrike by the US-led military forces has destroyed Gaddafi’s command and control center.

Meanwhile, media reports say Gaddafi’s son Khamis has died of burns apparently caused by a US-led airstrike.

The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle defended Berlin’s decision not to take part in the Western invasion of Libya, warning of a protracted conflict in the turmoil-hit country.

“It is not because we have some sort of lingering soft spot for [Libyan ruler Muammar] Gaddafi’s system that we decided not to send German troops to Libya, but because we also have to see the risks of a lengthy mission,” Westerwelle said on Sunday.

Gaddafi’s fate to be like Hitler’s: Poll

Libya's ruler Muammar Gaddafi

The majority of respondents to an online poll believe the ongoing revolution in Libya will bring Muammar Gaddafi a fate like that of German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Nearly 35 percent of the 9,909 participants in the Press TV poll said the embattled Libyan ruler will end up like Hitler, while 33.1 percent believe the revolution will result in Gaddafi’s downfall and his subsequent escape.

About 15 percent of respondents said the uprising would be quelled by Gaddafi’s rogue elements while more than 18 percent predicted a military coup in the African country.

The Gaddafi regime has lost control of several main cities in the east and the west of the country since the outset of the popular revolution in the country last month.

In an attempt to retake control of the cities, Gaddafi has ordered the country’s Air Force to bomb civilians in the east.

Rising airstrikes against Libyan revolutionaries have led to mounting calls from the international community for a no-fly zone over the country.

While the Arab League has endorsed the imposition of a no-fly zone, the UN Security Council and the European Union are divided over the issue.

Latest reports from Libya indicate that thousands may have been killed or injured as the government crackdown on anti-regime protesters continue.

Gaddafi has been in power in Libya since a 1969 military coup.

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