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The colonel feels the squeeze
From all sides—military, diplomatic and economic—the noose is tightening around Muammar Qaddafi
Middle East & Africa
May 21st 2011 edition
May 19th 2011
IT HAS been a rotten week for the dictator. The city of Misrata, the country's third biggest, under siege for the past two months, has been secured by the rebels, along with its airport and port. Colonel Muammar Qaddafi's command-and-control centres are being systematically pulverised by NATO missiles. Libya's rebels are again poised to advance westwards towards Brega, after holding back to let NATO hammer the colonel's forces in and around it (see map). The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague has issued a warrant for the colonel, his son, Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, and brother-in-law, Abdullah al-Senussi, his intelligence chief, to be tried for war crimes. One of the colonel's key ministers, Shokri Ghanem, a former prime minister who has been in charge of Libya's oil since 2006, seems to have defected.
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