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Where Will Gaddafi Go? U.S. Seeks A Refuge

Where Will Gaddafi Go? U.S. Seeks A Refuge

The Obama administration has begun seeking a country, most likely in Africa, that might be willing to provide shelter to Gaddafi if he were forced out of Libya, even as a new wave of intelligence reports suggest that no rebel leader has emerged as a credible successor to the Libyan dictator.

Where Can Gaddafi Go?

From The New York Times:

The intense search for a country to accept Colonel Qaddafi has been conducted quietly by the United States and its allies, even though the Libyan leader has shown defiance in recent days, declaring that he has no intention of yielding to demands that he leave his country, and intensifying his bombardment of the rebel city of Misurata.

The effort is complicated by the likelihood that he would be indicted for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988, and atrocities inside Libya.

One possibility, according to three administration officials, is to find a country that is not a signatory to the treaty that requires countries to turn over anyone under indictment for trial by the court, perhaps giving Colonel Qaddafi an incentive to abandon his stronghold in Tripoli.

Libyan Rebels Receiving Arms From Abroad

In an interesting twist to this story, Libyan rebels in their eastern capital of Benghazi said they had begun receiving arms from abroad, at the same time as forces loyal to Gaddafi escalated their attacks on the besieged western city of Misurata.

From The New York Times:

The rebel military leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah Younes, said Saturday in an interview with Al Arabiya, a satellite news channel, that his forces had received weapons supplies from unidentified nations that supported their uprising.

A spokesman for the rebels’ National Transitional Council, Mustafa Gheriani, confirmed General Younes’s statement but also refused to provide details.
Asked whether any arms shipments had arrived yet, a spokesman for the rebel military, Col. Ahmed Bani, smiled broadly, but then insisted, “I didn’t quite confirm it.”

On Thursday, however, the emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, told CNN that his country would provide weapons to the rebels and that deliveries of antitank weapons might already have reached them.

Qatar, along with Italy and France, has already recognized the rebels as the legitimate government of Libya.

International Coalition Working For Libya

Qatar hosted an international conference on Libya last week in which participants called for the ouster of the Gaddafi family from power in Libya.

The assistance from other countries would come as evidence emerges that Gaddafi’s military forces have used ground-to-ground rockets and cluster bombs, which have been banned by much of the world. Witnesses, survivors and physical evidence in recent days indicated that these so-called indiscriminate weapons, which cannot be fired precisely, had struck residential neighborhoods of Misurata.

Meanwhile, the tragedy goes on.

From The New York Times:

The violence continued in Misurata on Saturday. Mortar barrages and a gun battle that began Friday evening raged past 2:40 a.m. on Saturday, but at last quieted before dawn. But early in the morning more mortars could be heard exploding in the city, and gunfire lit up the front-line fighting position near Tripoli Street for much of the morning and early afternoon.

NATO aircraft could be heard overhead intermittently, but seemed not to quiet the fighting. At one trauma center, the wounded arrived throughout the afternoon, including a 10-year-old boy with a shrapnel wound in his head. His cries and screams filled the center’s corridors.

Another man arrived near death, both of his legs severed by a blast. A wounded soldier from Colonel Qaddafi’s forces also turned up, shot through the upper left leg. He gave his name as doctors treated him, but refused to answer any further questions.

According to the BBC:

The UK is to hold “urgent talks” at the United Nations about the “dire” humanitarian crisis affecting residents in western Libya. The rebel-held western town of Misrata has been under attack from Colonel Gaddafi’s forces for over five weeks.

On Sunday, six civilians were reported to have died and more have been injured in a barrage of rocket fire. Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK would not invade and it was important to adhere to the UN mandate.

Opponents of Libyan leader Col Gaddafi also say at least 47 people were wounded when his forces shelled Misrata, on Sunday morning. Pro-government fighters are also said to have shelled Ajdabiya in the east.

 

 

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8:04AM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

Mmmm...let's see now...he's a criminal by international law, and they are looking for a place to put him?
Quantico has a cell or two available, now that they've moved Bradley Manning to another torture venue. "Room to Let: All services provided 24/7".

8:30PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

The citizens of Libya should do with Gaddafi as they see fit ...
not NATO, not the U.N., not Europe, and especially not the U.S.

Oh, and, calling President Obama a Muslim is silly and untrue.

11:14PM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Let me get this straight...Suddam Husien was condemned to death for his atrocities....I would like an explanation from someone other than our Muslim president "Oblaba" why this murderer of innocent citizens he ruled over for over 40 years should not get the firing squad also!! Are we going to just sit here and allow this evil terrorist go free? Shame on the U.S.A.!!!! God help us before it is too late!!!

6:14PM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Just one question. Where is the outrage from the left at Obama for starting another war?
Forget about sending Gaddafi anywhere, just get out now!!

4:31PM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

I think he should go to Zimbabwe. It's probably the only place he will find like-minded people. He and Mugabe could fight it out!

10:21AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Funny says "The Obama administration has begun seeking a country, most likely in Africa, that might be willing to provide shelter to Gaddafi if he were forced out of Libya..." Obama & Cliton, are u kidding. u are insulting Africans. Libya is his own country. kill him on its own country like u did on Saddam. why did not take Hitler from German? Misoloni from Italy? u are so funny.

8:34AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Oh, come on!!! Khaddafi is a psycho who is personally responsible for the torture and death of thousands of innocent people - like a rabid dog, he needs to be put down permanently!!!

He needs to be tried and executed, along with his whole criminal family! The only place for Khaddafi is IN THE GROUND, DEAD!

6:18AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Don't worry, the World will be free of the meddling US of Amnesia in the foreseeable future; S&P warning about the US's creditworthiness and the US will soon surely lose its AAA rating. There will of course be the Second American Civil War before this.
This is all so predictable; the World is evolving and there will be no need or space for footballers paid £1/4 million per week or unbridled luxury for a few whilst the vast majority live 'ordinary' lives and a significant number of the 'have nots' live in impecuniosity and hunger.

5:56AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

The prime minister of Italy is a friend of the present despot of Libya and his family. Maybe he could be persuaded to take them in.

4:40AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Why are CIA, M15 and Mosad keeping quiet? I would have thought they can have him poisoned, killed or gone missing like thousands of others in all parts of the world.

Let's face it, it suits all self-righteous to keep him safe there while the whole country is systematically destroyed. AND then, the Hallburtons and others can go in and reconstruct the country and enslave the country for rest of their lives and squeeze every drop of oil out.

Otherwise he can be picked up and tried in open court with his friends Bushes, Blairs and Chennies etc.

They can all meet their maker at the same time for murder of thousands at the end of short ropes.

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