Nesta segunda-feira (01/08), os Estados Unidos voltaram a bombardear o território da Líbia visando regiões sob controle do “Estado Islâmico”. Segundo informações do Pentágono, os bombardeios estão sendo realizados na cidade de Sirte a pedido do Governo de Coalizão Nacional líbio. Os ataques devem durar alguns dias e, segundo fontes, há forças especiais dos EUA em prontidão no Mediterrâneo.
Aproveitando-se do caos político na Líbia, militantes alinhados com o “Estado Islâmico” conquistaram a cidade de Sirte, onde nasceu o ex-ditador líbio Muammar Kadhafi. O “Estado Islâmico” tem se beneficiado da guerra civil líbia, acentuada após a intervenção da OTAN, para tomar territórios no norte da África. Relatos indicam que os jihadistas somente fazem operações militares à noite. Líbia tornou-se o terceiro principal reduto da organização.
Gaddafi killed as Libya’s revolt claims hometown
Reuters / Rania El Gamal, Tim Gaynor – 20/10/2011
Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said.
His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.
“He (Gaddafi) was also hit in his head,” National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.”
Mlegta told Reuters earlier that Gaddafi, who was in his late 60s, was captured and wounded in both legs at dawn on Thursday as he tried to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked. He said he had been taken away by an ambulance.
There was no independent confirmation of his remarks. (mais…)
Libya’s NTC lowers bar for starting election process
Reuters / Emad Omar- 03/10/2011
Libya’s new rulers will set in motion the process of democratic elections once Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte is captured, instead of waiting until the whole country is under their control, the caretaker prime minister said on Monday.
The statement represented a shift from the previous position, which was that the plan for elections would not go into effect until Libya was “liberated” — meaning that all pro-Gaddafi resistance was stamped out.
Some of the Libyan government’s Western backers had expressed concerns that this timetable could leave the country in a political limbo for an extended period, exposing it to infighting and instability.
The interim government, or National Transitional Council (NTC), has decided to “announce liberation of the whole country once Sirte is liberated”, de facto prime minister Mahmoud Jibril told a news conference in the Libyan city of Benghazi. (mais…)