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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Misrata
Libya's government on Wednesday took control of one of the last strongholds of deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists, the government claimed, after fierce battles that left dozens dead and thousands displaced.
The Palestinian Authority president on Tuesday threatened to take "new measures" against Israel if a much-anticipated meeting in Jordan fails to bring about a resumption of peace talks.
Libya's new leaders said Sunday they will try Moammar Gadhafi's son at home and not hand him over to the International Criminal Court where he's charged with crimes against humanity. The government also announced the capture of the toppled regime's intelligence minister, who is also wanted by the court.
Libyan rebels captured Col. Moammar Gadhafi's second-oldest son, and another son surrendered Sunday after the rebels stormed Tripoli, sparking massive celebrations in the Libyan capital.
Col. Moammar Gadhafi's troops in and around the rebel-held western Libyan city of Misrata have been issued gas masks, a sign that the regime may be preparing to use chemical weapons, rebels told The Washington Times on Wednesday.
NATO launched news airstrikes Wednesday on targets held by Col. Moammar Gadhafi as the rebel movement urged a stronger air campaign that will allow them to advance on Col. Gadhafi's territory.
The international military intervention in Libya is likely to last "a while," a top French official said Monday, echoing Moammar Gadhafi's warning of a long war ahead as rebels, energized by the strikes on their opponents, said they were fighting to reclaim a city under siege from the Libyan leader's forces.