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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Seif Al-Islam
Senior State Department, defense and intelligence officials were well aware that Benghazi and its surrounding area harbored al Qaeda-linked extremists long before the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern Libyan city.
The Libyan government on Saturday announced the capture of Moammar Gadhafi's ex-spokesman outside a besieged town, as the oil-rich North African nation marked the anniversary of the ousted dictator's death.
Iran on Tuesday warned the United Arab Emirates it could cut diplomatic relations between the two countries if the Arab nation keeps repeating claims to three Gulf islands that are controlled by Tehran.
Mauritania extradited Moammar Gadhafi's former spy chief back to Libya on Wednesday, prompting calls from an international human rights group that he be tried before the International Criminal Court.
The death toll rose to six on Monday from a powerful weekend earthquake in Indonesia, as rescuers reached mountainous villages that had been cut off by landslides, officials said.
A senior Libyan official says a "miscommunication" was responsible for militia shutting down Tripoli's international airport on Monday, the latest challenge to the interim government's authority.
Politicians offered conflicting views Tuesday about whether the ruling military will reshuffle the Cabinet before this month's presidential election.
Israel's defense minister warned Monday that as long as Iran poses a threat to Israel with its nuclear program, all options are on the table, a reference to a possible Israeli attack.
The International Criminal Court told Libyan authorities Wednesday to surrender former dictator Moammar Gadhafi's son - wanted by the permanent tribunal for crimes against humanity.
Revolutionary militias in Libya are torturing suspected Gadhafi supporters and other detainees in centers across the country with impunity, a top U.N. official and human rights groups say.
The International Criminal Court on Tuesday gave Libya's leaders two more weeks to decide whether they plan to hand over Moammar Gadhafi's most prominent son, Seif al-Islam, to face trial on charges of crimes against humanity.
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.
Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam — the only wanted member of the ousted ruling family to remain at large — was captured as he traveled with aides in a convoy in Libya's southern desert, Libyan officials said Saturday. Thunderous celebratory gunfire shook the Libyan capital as the news spread.
The International Criminal Court is in indirect negotiations with a son of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi about his possible surrender for trial, the chief prosecutor said Friday.
Libya's interim leader said Monday he had ordered an investigation into Col. Moammar Gadhafi's death in response to strong international pressure to determine how the ousted leader was killed by a bullet to the head shortly after he was captured alive.
He has said that if he were executed after a trial in Libya it would be tantamount to murder.
He told Mr. Abrahams that he was being treated well but had been denied access to an attorney.