Libya

Libya Accuses Germany Of Violation Sovereignty

France24 | Libya on Tuesday described the visit of Germany's foreign minister to Benghazi as a violation of Tripoli's sovereignty that "did not help efforts" to resolve the conflict. Germany and Canada are the latest countries to recognise the NTC.Libya on Tuesday slammed as "irresponsible" a visit to the rebel capital Benghazi by Germany's foreign minister, as the US pressed Africa to take tougher action against Moamer Kadhafi's regime.

Rebels meanwhile said they suffered heavy losses in eastern Libya after being "tricked" by Khadafi's forces, amid a resurgence of fighting in the north African country after weeks of stalemate.

Libya's foreign ministry said Monday's visit by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to Benghazi was a "violation" of Tripoli's sovereignty.

Britain Cannot Keep Up Its Role In Libya Air War Due To Cuts

Telegraph | Adml Sir Mark Stanhope said the campaign would have been more effective without the Government's defence cuts.

The aircraft carrier and the Harrier jump-jets scrapped under last year's strategic defence review would have made the mission more effective, faster and cheaper, he said.

Sir Mark warned that the Navy would not be able to sustain its operations in Libya for another three months without making cuts elsewhere.

The First Sea Lord's comments will stir the debate over defence cuts that have left Britain without a working aircraft carrier and forced the Royal Navy's Harrier jump jets to be mothballed.

Highlighting military anger over the shrinking Armed Forces, another admiral warned that "comical" defence cuts would leave the Navy without enough ships to be effective.

Libyan Rebels Battle Back At Key Oil Port

FoxNews | Libyan rebels battled their way back into a major oil port just 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Tripoli, forcing Moammar Qaddafi's troops to close the vital coast highway and key supply route from Tunisia. The renewed rebel offensive marked a significant rebound for opposition forces who were crushed and driven out of the city nearly three months ago.

Rebels first took Zawiya in early March, but were brutally expelled less than two weeks later in an assault by members of an elite brigade commanded by Qaddafi's son Khamis. That had left rebels with only tenuous footholds in Libya's far west.

Turkey Offered Gaddafi Guarantee To Leave Libya


Guardian | Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday his country had offered a "guarantee" to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi if he left Libya, but said Ankara had received no answer.

"Gaddafi has no way out but to leave Libya, through the guarantees given to him, it seems," Erdogan told NTV broadcaster in an interview.

"We ourselves have offered him this guarantee, via the representatives we've sent. We told him we would help him to be sent wherever he wanted to be sent. We would discuss the issue with our allies, according to the response we receive. Unfortunately we still haven't got a response from Gaddafi."

Erdogan, whose country is a member of Nato, did not specify what kind of guarantee his country had offered to Gaddafi.

U.S. House Calls Out Obama on Libya Mission

Washington Times | Crossing party lines to deliver a stunning rebuke to the commander in chief, the vast majority of the House voted Friday for resolutions telling President Obama he has broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing U.S. troops to the international military mission in Libya.

In two votes — on competing resolutions that amounted to legislative lectures of Mr. Obama — Congress escalated the brewing constitutional clash over whether he ignored the founding document’s grant of war powers by sending U.S. troops to aid in enforcing a no-fly zone and naval blockade of Libya.

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