Friday, 23 September, 2011, 6:58 ( 4:58 GMT )
A day after NATO allies extended the mission over Libya by another 90 days, Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, Commander of the Operation Unified Protector told a press briefing he was highly confident that NATO could complete the Libya mission well within the next three months.
Despite capturing one of fugitive leader Muammar Al Qathafi's one of his remaining bastions, Sabha and the key oasis of Al-Jufra - Hun, Waddan and Sokna, the continuous pounding by NATO warplanes of the former dictator's strongholds the interim government's forces appeared to be holding back from advancing on Bani Walid and Sirte.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO, has sent a clear message to the Libyan people that as long as the country's civilian population is under threat they will continue their operation as mandated by the United Nations Security Council As such, the North Atlantic Council has decided to extend the current mandate of Operation Unified Protector, for 90 more days.
If only! - by Sami Zaptia
In view of Libya’s revolution I wonder if members of the old regime, wherever they are, are now looking back regretfully and thinking: ‘if only’…
Summary of the American and International Press on the Libyan Revolution - Morgan Strong
Libya's interim rulers are claiming that their fighters have overrun the key southern city of Sabha, one of the last strongholds of forces loyal to Muammar Al Qathafi.
National Transitional Council fighters have managed to take control of one of the last remaining strongholds of the fugitive leader Muammar Al Qathafi's loyalists, the southern city of Sabha in the Sahara desert, the NTC announced Wednesday morning.
United Nations General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, welcoming representatives of Libya's interim government, headed by Mustafa Abdul-Jalil and Mahmoud Jibril to the high-level meeting on Libya, thanked the NTC for participating in the important meeting. He said that for Libya, this is an historic day.
Winning the War AND Winning the Peace – by Sami Zaptia
On August 23, 2011 with the successful storming of Libya’s ‘Bastille’ or Bab al-Azziziyah the Libyan people had very successfully won yet another very important battle in their effort to liberate themselves. However, having won nearly all the battles, often at great personal cost, the Libyan population must not lose the overall war. Having won (most of) the war, the challenge now is to win the peace.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that "the days of the Al Qathafi regime in Libya are clearly numbered," and "the recent positive developments in the country are irreversible."
Libya's interim government has confirmed that Matouk Mohammed Matouk, the last remaining suspect in the 1984 London shooting of British policewoman Yvonne Fletcher will stand trial for her murder if he is caught in Libya, and could even be extradited to Britain.
Since putting its Libya trade show programme on hold in February this year, Montgomery Worldwide subsidiary Montgomery Libya Ltd (MLL) has monitored developments in Libya closely and is now planning to re-enter the market with two international trade shows and conferences: ReBuild Libya 2012 and Oil & Gas Libya 2012, with tentative dates in the first quarter of 2012.
Emirates’ extensive African network is to be boosted again with the launch of two new destinations - Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, and the Zimbabwean capital, Harare.
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