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Libyan rebels cautiously optimistic after victory

Libyan rebels cautiously optimistic after victory | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Libyan rebels were aided by massive strikes launched Saturday by U.S. and European allies to halt airstrikes by Gadhafi forces.
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US Says International Forces Control Skies Over Libya

US Says International Forces Control Skies Over Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, is calling the initial phase of a multi-national effort to take control of Libyan airspace a success. Mullen says Libyan command-and-control centers and air defense installations have been struck, and that leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces effectively are grounded.
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Gadhafi vows 'long war' after U.S., allies strike

Gadhafi vows 'long war' after U.S., allies strike | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed a "long war" after the U.S. and European militaries blasted his forces with airstrikes and over 100 cruise missiles early Sunday, hitting air defenses and at least two major air bases and shaking the Libyan capital with explosions and anti-aircraft fire.
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U.S. actions in Libya may speak louder than words

U.S. actions in Libya may speak louder than words | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Clinton’s assertion that the United States “did not lead” is belied by the large role the United States played in launching an UN-sanctioned assault on Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's military capabilities. U.S. warships fired more than 110 Tomahawk missiles into Libyan territory to disable air-defense systems.
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War With Libya Looms

War With Libya Looms | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After weeks of warning from the Pentagon about the downsides of launching a no-fly zone over Libya, the U.S. and its major European allies declared war on Muammar Gaddafi and his forces holding on to power in the north African nation.
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Libya: Obama tells Gaddafi to withdraw or face UN-backed air strikes

Libya: Obama tells Gaddafi to withdraw or face UN-backed air strikes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
US president issues ultimatum after Libyan leader responds to UN resolution with ceasefire declaration
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As Saudi Arabia Advances

As Saudi Arabia Advances | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There is no better sign of the reality that Washington has become a marginal player in much of the Middle East.
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Specter of Rebel Rout Helps Shift U.S. Policy on Libya

Specter of Rebel Rout Helps Shift U.S. Policy on Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The prospect of a deadly siege has led the White House to push the United Nations to authorize strikes.
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Obama's Last Chance on Libya

Obama's Last Chance on Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As Gaddafi's forces advance unconstrained, taking yet another city from the rebels, President Obama is sacrificing his own ideals—and America's security. By Christopher Dickey.
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Secret Libya Psyops, Caught by Online Sleuths

Secret Libya Psyops, Caught by Online Sleuths | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The U.S. military has dispatched one of its secret propaganda planes to the skies around Libya. And that “Commando Solo” aircraft is telling Libyan ships to remain in port – or risk NATO retaliation.
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Mullen: No-fly zone effectively in place in Libya

Mullen: No-fly zone effectively in place in Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A U.S.-led military mission in Libya has effectively imposed a no-fly zone and blasted some of Moammar Gadhafi's ground forces outside the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday.
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Obama says U.S. role limited as Libya strikes start

Obama says U.S. role limited as Libya strikes start | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - U.S. forces led the biggest military intervention in the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq on Saturday, but President Barack Obama insisted that U.S. involvement would be limited as part of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians.
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Why Are We Going to War with Libya?–Updated

Why Are We Going to War with Libya?–Updated | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Updated: 4:10 pm With air strikes apparently imminent against the forces of Muammar Gaddafi, America faces a simple question: why is the U.S. going to war in Libya? There may be good reasons, even compelling ones.
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How Obama turned on a dime toward war

How Obama turned on a dime toward war | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
At the start of this week, the consensus around Washington was that military action against Libya was not in the cards. However, in the last several days, the White House completely altered its stance and successfully pushed for the authorization for military intervention against Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi. What changed?
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Bahrain Brings Back the Sectarianism

Bahrain Brings Back the Sectarianism | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
While the American and international debate over Libya continues, the situation in Bahrain has just taken a sharp turn for the worse. A brutal crackdown on the protestors followed the controversial entry of security forces from Saudi Arabia and three other GCC states.
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In Syria, Demonstrations Are Few and Brief

In Syria, Demonstrations Are Few and Brief | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrians have recently engaged in a few public demonstrations, but the government clamped down immediately and fiercely
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Djibouti Bans a U.S-Backed Democracy-Advocacy Group One-Month Before Vote

Djibouti’s government ordered a U.S.-backed democracy-advocacy group to leave the country, less than a month before the country holds a presidential election. Democracy International, based in Bethesda, Maryland, had attempted to resolve problems with President Ismael Guelleh’s administration that began after opposition protests started in the country last month, Chris Hennemeyer, head of the group’s electoral-observation mission, said in an e-mailed statement. “Unfortunately my earlier optimism proved to be unfounded,” Hennemeyer said. “The Djiboutian government has confirmed its order that DI cease all activities and we are complying with their directive.”
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