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Via his Facebook page, General Pervez Musharraf has denied that he had agreed in 2001 for America to conduct a unilateral operation in Pakistan to kill Osama Bin Laden if the terrorist was located in Pakistan. The Guardian newspaper reported this morning that after bin Laden managed to escape from the Tora Bora mountains, the General, who was then President of Pakistan, had struck a secret deal with then US President George Bush. (Read: Musharraf allowed US operation against Osama in Pak?) Mr Musharraf said today, "The accusation of my having allowed intrusion into Pakistan by US forces chasing Osama Bin Laden is absolutely baseless. Never has this subject even been discussed between myself and President Bush leave aside allowing such freedom of action that would violate our sovereignty."
Update: Amnesty has issued an Urgent Action for Eman al-Obeidi (PDF) Libyan-American women demonstrate to show solidarity with Eman Al-Obaidi in front of the White House March 30, 2011. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The scene was chilling. A woman bursting into a Tripoli hotel room to tell foreign reporters she was raped by Gaddafi’s troops only to be forcibly dragged away by security officials and effectively disappeared .
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But the firepower of more than 130 Tomahawk cruise missiles and attacks by allied warplanes have not yet succeeded in accomplishing the more ambitious demands by the United States — repeated by in a letter to Congress on Monday — that Colonel Qaddafi withdraw his forces from embattled cities and cease all attacks against civilians. Libyan government forces continued to engage in scattered fighting on Monday, defying the resolutions authorizing the allied strikes. The resolution demands an immediate cease-fire by Colonel Qaddafi’s forces and an end to attacks on civilians. Pentagon officials are eager to extract the United States from a third armed conflict in a Muslim country as quickly as possible. But confusion broke out on Monday among the allies in Europe over who exactly would carry the military operation forward once the United States stepped back, and from where. In Washington, lawmakers from both parties argued that Mr.
CAIRO — The Arab League secretary general, Amr Moussa, deplored the broad scope of the U.S.-European bombing campaign in Libya and said Sunday that he would call a league meeting to reconsider Arab approval of the Western military intervention. Moussa said the Arab League’s approval of a no-fly zone on March 12 was based on a desire to prevent Moammar Gaddafi’s air force from attacking civilians and was not designed to endorse the intense bombing and missile attacks — including on Tripoli, the capital, and on Libyan ground forces — whose images have filled Arab television screens for two days. Video U.S.
It was August of 1982. For seven weeks, Beirut had been sealed off, under attack by Israel from land, sea and air. Water and electricity supplies were cut. The Israelis had secured the airport and much of the southern suburbs. The Syrians had been defeated, their air force wiped from the Lebanese skies. Chairman Arafat and the PLO were seemingly at the mercy of their enemies, utterly dependent upon the international community to arrange an evacuation of their fighters which would bring an end to the carnage.
Bahraini riot police patrol Thursday, March 17, 2011 in the streets of Jidhafs, Bahrain, on the outskirts of the capital of Manama. Security forces are moving through Shiite villages, cracking down and making arrests. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) / AP Photo/Hasan Jamali
President Obama demanded Friday that the Libyan government move beyond its declaration of a cease-fire in response to a U.N. Security Council resolution and pull its troops back from cities recently captured from rebels. Saying the terms were “non-negotiable,” Obama said at the White House that longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi “must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi, pull them back from Ajdabiya, Misurata and Zawiyah, and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all areas.”
Missing journalist husband's appeal The Libyan government says it has no information on the four One of the missing journalists e-mailed Monday about the danger in Libya The New York Times has been in touch with the Libyan government The missing journalists include one who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 (CNN) -- Four journalists for The New York Times, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid and MacArthur "genius grant" recipient Lynsey Addario, are missing in Libya, the newspaper said Wednesday on its website.
English: I am Um rida from from Bani Jamra, we call upon the world for help, we have sick people and we can’t get them to a hospital, we can’t treat them, the Salmaniya medical center is under siege, surrounded by the army, the ambulances can’t go in or out. They are faking stories on TV, why is the whole world silent? All photos prove what they are claiming on TV is fake, we can’t get out, we can’t go anywhere, we can’t help the injured, we don’t know how many are injured and dead. They bring an army to kill us and the whole world is silent. We call upon hizbullah, Iran, or any one in the world for help (sigh).
Egypt's interior minister has disbanded the country's feared state security agency, which was accused of torture and human rights abuses during the 30-year rule of former president Hosni Mubarak. Major General Mansour el-Essawy, a former Cairo security chief and the new interior minister, announced the dissolution of the security apparatus in a statement on Tuesday. He said a new agency in charge of keeping national security and combatting terrorism will be formed "in line with the constitution and principles of human rights". Officers for the new agency will be chosen in the coming few days, the statement said, adding that the new agency will "serve the country without intervening in the lives of citizens while they practice their rights and political life". The move meets one of the main demands of activists who led an 18-day uprising against Mubarak, who stepped down on February 11.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken out against the United Nations imposing sanctions on Libya , warning that the Libyan people would suffer most, not Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
"One Day On Earth," an online project designed to capture video footage of life around the world on a single day — October 10, 2010 — is now turning into a host for videos and photos documenting current events in Libya. The country, which has become a hotbed of violence amidst a revolt against leader Muammar Gaddafi , is largely closed off from foreign media outlets, meaning submissions from Libyan members of the "One Day On Earth" community provide unique perspectives of what's taking place within the country's borders. Executive producer Brandon Litman says those behind "One Day On Earth" reached out a couple of weeks ago to community members in areas of conflict, asking them to report back with any information they could provide. "Literally within 30 minutes of engaging the community, we heard back," Litman says. "And we started getting information in within a couple of hours."
Watch the first 20 minutes of Gaddafi's speech Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, has vowed to fight on and die a "martyr", calling on his supporters to take back the streets from protesters demanding his ouster, shouting and pounding his fist in a furious speech on state TV. Gaddafi, clad in brown robes and a turban, spoke on Tuesday evening from a podium set up in the entrance of a bombed-out building that appeared to be his Tripoli residence hit by US air raids in the 1980s and left unrepaired as a monument of defiance. "I am a fighter, a revolutionary from tents ... I will die as a martyr at the end," he said.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in a long, fighting and disjointed speech on state television this afternoon promised that he would not give up, as other leaders had done. He said that 'cowards' were trying to distort the truth and giving a wrong picture of what was happening in Libya. Libyans, he said, were being shown as being 'bad people'. The Libyan people, he said, should hold their heads high against the leaders of the world who were conspiring against them and wanted to tarnish the reputation of the people and the country.