These extraordinary pictures, some taken by an unknown bikini-clad young woman — one of several scantily-dressed girls who joined the party — are a unique glimpse of the playboy lifestyle of the Western-educated son of the Libyan dictator. Now, 12 months on, Saif and his father are in hiding, targeted by allied air strikes backing the popular uprising against their regime. Befriended by the Duke of York and once a guest at Buckingham Palace, Saif shocked those who feted him in the West by claiming the civil war now raging across Libya was caused by Islamists and the "drunken and drugged" and echoing his father in promising tens of thousands dead and "a river of blood". The London School of Economics graduate was in South America in March for a guided tour around the Brazilian aircraft manufacture Embraer's factory and then enjoyed several days' holiday with his close friend and business associate Marwan Salloum.
By Ben Taub. Girls from Benin City who set out voluntarily, like Blessing, can become caught in a network of forced labor and sex work. It was close to midnight on the coast of Libya, a few miles west of Tripoli. Some three thousand refugees and migrants, mostly sub-Saharan Africans, silent and barefoot, stood nearby in rows of ten.
Misrata, Libya CNN -- On the front lines of Libya's war, rebel fighters say they are finding more than weapons on captured or killed soldiers loyal to ruler Moammar Gadhafi. Rebels say they have confiscated cell phones that contain video showing Gadhafi loyalists raping women and torturing people. CNN has obtained a copy of a video shot on a cell phone that appears to show a woman being sexually abused. The person who gave the video to CNN says it was on a cell phone that was confiscated from a Gadhafi loyalist. It shows two men in civilian clothes standing over a naked woman who is bent over with her face on the floor.
But historians of the NATO war in Libya will be sure to notice a few of the truly explosive confirmations contained in the new emails : admissions of rebel war crimes, special ops trainers inside Libya from nearly the start of protests, Al Qaeda embedded in the U. Under attack from allied Air and Naval forces, the Libyan Army troops have begun to desert to the rebel side in increasing numbers. The rebels are making an effort to greet these troops as fellow Libyans, in an effort to encourage additional defections. Source Comment: Speaking in strict confidence, one rebel commander stated that his troops continue to summarily execute all foreign mercenaries captured in the fighting….