On Tuesday evening — the day before Colonel Muammar Gaddafi marked the 41st anniversary of the coup that brought him to power — 37 political prisoners were released from the notorious Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, site of a brutal massacre of prisoners in 1996, when up to 1,200 men were murdered.
Although the release of the 37 men was obviously timed to shift attention from protests marking the anniversary by the regime’s many opponents — including family members of those whose deaths or disappearances have never been acknowledged — it is, nevertheless, a sign of progress, as well as political opportunism.
"If my story can help someone else, why shouldn't I share it? His father worked for the state department in Libya, and his mother cared for him and his younger brother in their Benghazi home.
She was pregnant with his youngest brother the day the dreaded news came.
He also believes anybody joining a new society should do so legally, assimilate quickly and work hard.
If that means waiting until the ban is lifted, so be it."You're speaking to the absolute example of the American dream," El Darragi says.
Formed by former Libyan mujahideen who had traveled to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight the Soviet Union, the LIFG was formed in 1995, and dedicated to the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime.
In 2007, as AFP explained, “Al-Qaeda announced that the LIFG had joined the jihadist network and Abu Laith al-Libi, one of bin Laden’s top lieutenants, was thought to be directing it for a time from Central Asia.
US ambassador Nikki Haley said the Trump administration “was disappointed” to see that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had sent a letter to the Security Council indicating his intention to appoint Salam Fayyad, who served as the Palestinian authority’s prime minister from 2007-2013, as the next UN special representative to Libya.“For too long, the UN has been unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” Haley said.
by Scotland on compassionate grounds was welcomed home in Libya Thursday by a crowd of thousands.
Al-Megrahi was allowed to return to his native country to die despite American pleas to show no mercy for the man responsible for the 1988 attack that killed 270 people.
Haley’s statement came ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump on February 15, and was welcomed by Israelis.“This is the beginning of a new era at the UN, an era where the US stands firmly behind Israel against any and all attempts to harm the Jewish State,” Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon said of the US decision to block Fayyad’s appointment.
“The new administration proved once again that it stands firmly alongside the state of Israel in the international arena and in the UN in particular.”The new US ambassador made clear that “going forward, the United States will act, not just talk, in support of our allies.”But Trump also indicated in comments to an Israeli newspaper on Friday that there might be some difficult discussions with Netanyahu next week on Israel’s settlement expansion.