Libya and Arab Spring

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  • Libyan Protests Begin

  • Libyan Government sends fighter planes to attack protesters

    The government attacks its own people.
  • Libyan Forigen Minister Defects to U.K

    Libyan Forigen Minister Defects to U.K
    Muammar Gaddafi's authority inside Libya suffered a significant blow when his foreign minister quit and fled to the UK in a specially arranged flight organised by the British intelligence services
  • Libyan families flee Gaddafi forces in Ajdabiya as civilian death toll rises

    Libyan families flee Gaddafi forces in Ajdabiya as civilian death toll rises
    Muammar Gaddafi's forces mounted a heavy assault on Libyan rebels holding the key town of Ajdabiya on Sunday in a sign that the regime is stepping up efforts to regain territory in the east of the country.
  • Regime forces batter Misrata hours after claiming siege on hold

    Regime forces batter Misrata hours after claiming siege on hold
    Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi pounded Misrata on Sunday, hours after the Libyan government claimed its troops had pulled back from the besieged city to let tribal leaders try to negotiate a political resolution, or unleash a "bloody" assault.
  • Libyan rebel forces reject Muammar Gaddafi's ceasefire offer

    Libyan rebel forces reject Muammar Gaddafi's ceasefire offer
    Libyan opposition forces have rejected a ceasefire offer by Muammar Gaddafi and dismissed his regime's claims that loyalist forces had cut off access to the crucial seaport in the besieged city of Misrata.
  • Libya faces fuel crisis as oil supplies dwindle

    Libya faces fuel crisis as oil supplies dwindle
    Police officers in riot gear and armed with wooden staves have been manning fuel pumps at a petrol station in Tripoli as long queues of cars caused traffic chaos in western Libya, amid fears that the Gaddafi regime is running out of its most precious commodity.
  • Muammar Gaddafi's family fled to Tunisia

    Muammar Gaddafi's family fled to Tunisia
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's wife and daughter, Safia and Aisha, crossed over the border into Tunisia several days ago, a Tunisian security source revealed on Wednesday.
  • Nato air strikes hit Tripoli in heaviest bombing yet

    Nato air strikes hit Tripoli in heaviest bombing yet
    Nato warplanes bombarded targets in Tripoli with more than 20 air strikes early on Tuesday, striking the area around Muammar Gaddafi's residential compound in what appeared to be the heaviest night of bombing of the Libyan capital since the western alliance launched its air campaign in March.
  • War crimes court issues Gaddafi arrest warrant

    War crimes court issues Gaddafi arrest warrant
    Prospects for a negotiated solution to the Libyan crisis receded further on Monday after the international criminal court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam over crimes against humanity allegedly committed during anti-regime protests.
  • NTC recognized as legitimate government

    NTC recognized as legitimate government
    The international Contact Group on Libya formally recognises the main opposition group, the National Transitional Council (NTC), as the legitimate government of Libya.
  • Gaddafi threatens attack on Europe

    Gaddafi threatens attack on Europe
    Muammar Gaddafi has threatened to send hundreds of Libyans to launch attacks in Europe in revenge for the Nato-led military campaign against him.
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    Rebels enter Col. Gaddafi’s fortress compound in Tripoli.

    Col. Gaddafi goes into hiding and his wife and three of his children flee to Algeria.
  • Gaddafi captured and killed

    Gaddafi captured and killed
  • Libya is liberated!

    Libya is liberated!
    The National Transitional Council (NTC) declares Libya a free nation and announces plans to hold elections in eight months.
  • Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libya

    Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libya
    Celebrations have erupted across Libya at the capture of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the fugitive son of Libya's deceased former dictator. Libyan state TV reported that Saif has arrived in captivity and unhurt at an army base in the town of Zintan, 90 miles south-west of Tripoli.