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Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.


Articles by Ashish Kumar Sen

Libyan rebels put responsibility on U.S.

The U.S., European Union and Arab League will be to blame if Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi uses chemical and biological weapons against his opponents, Abdel Rahman Shalgam, Libya's former envoy to the United Nations, said on Friday. Published March 11, 2011

Clinton to meet with Libyan rebels

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday said she will meet next week with Libya's rebel envoys, as France took the diplomatic lead among Western nations and recognized the provisional government seeking to overthrow Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Published March 10, 2011

AFLAME: Anti-Gadhafi rebels transport a multiple-rocket launcher Wednesday as flames rise from a fuel-storage facility that was attacked in fighting with pro-Gadhafi forces, in Sedra, Libya. (Associated Press)

Gadhafi, opposition forces begin competing diplomatic offensives

Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi on Wednesday unleashed a diplomatic offensive to win international support for his embattled regime, while his opponents launched their own effort to gain recognition as the "sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people." Published March 9, 2011

Rebels run as smoke rises from a house hit during an airstrike Tuesday in the oil port of Ras Lanouf in eastern Libya. Warplanes kept up attacks to prevent the opposition from advancing toward leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold in the capital of Tripoli. (Associated Press)

Libyan rebels call for ‘surgical airstrikes’

Libyans facing daily bombardments by Col. Moammar Gadhafi's forces are calling for foreign airstrikes against his strongholds as the United States and its allies continue to debate the imposition of a "no-fly zone" over Libya. Published March 8, 2011

Gadhafi supporters gather to celebrate at Green Square in Tripoli on Sunday. The dictator's security forces control access to ammunition and reportedly take it away from soldiers not in combat. (Associated Press)

Gadhafi could wage protracted civil war

Col. Moammar Gadhafi's well-equipped but poorly trained security forces can wage a protracted battle against rebel fighters, allowing the beleaguered Libyan leader to cling to power for months, according to analysts and former Libyan officials. Published March 6, 2011

Indian workers attempt to get on a ship leaving for Alexandria, Egypt, from the eastern city of Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the flow of refugees into Egypt and Tunisia is putting "tremendous burdens" on the two countries. (Associated Press)

Rebels fight off Gadhafi in west Libya

Rebel forces fended off Moammar Gadhafi's troops in the western part of Libya on Tuesday, and thousands of people fleeing the violence massed at the North African nation's borders prompting warnings from international aid groups of a humanitarian crisis. Published March 1, 2011

Libyans wave the country's monarchist-era flag Monday on a monument in the southwestern town of Nalut. The town is now under the control of Libyan anti-government forces. The protesters hope to take control of the entire country without outside intervention. (Associated Press)

Many Libyans oppose U.S. invasion

Many Libyans oppose the idea of Western troops on the shores of Tripoli, as the Obama administration and its allies on Monday said no option is off the table in their effort to oust longtime dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Published February 28, 2011

Gadhafi hits social media

After days of firing on unarmed protesters, Moammar Gadhafi's regime has turned its fury on those it blames for stoking the anti-government uprising: Libyan youths who spread revolution on Facebook and Twitter. Published February 27, 2011

Gadhafi blames al Qaeda for uprising in Libya

Col. Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday blamed Osama bin Laden for the unrest sweeping Libya, even as forces loyal to the dictator waged fierce battles in cities around Tripoli in an attempt to crush the pro-democracy uprising. Published February 24, 2011

President Obama speaks about the uprising in Libya with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton present in the Grand Foyer of the White House on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Obama decries terror in Libya

President Obama strongly condemned the violence in Libya but failed Wednesday afternoon to call for the resignation of Moammar Gadhafi hours after the Libyan dictator unleashed a wave of terror in the streets of Tripoli against opponents demanding an end to his brutal regime of more than 40 years. Published February 23, 2011

EXIT STRATEGY: Egyptians, seeking to flee Libya through the Salloum land port gate (rear), wait with their luggage Tuesday. They were among thousands fleeing the violence. (Associated Press)

Gadhafi vows to ‘die a martyr’ rather than flee Libya

Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi vowed Tuesday to "die a martyr" rather than flee his embattled country, as tens of thousands of foreigners rushed across the borders to Tunisia or Egypt or caught emergency flights to Europe. Published February 22, 2011

TAKING A TANK: Protesters celebrate on a tank inside a security-forces compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Monday. Demonstrators rallied in the streets of Benghazi as they claimed control of the country's second-largest city. (Associated Press)

Gadhafi losing grip on Libya

The United States on Monday demanded an end to the "unacceptable bloodshed" in Libya with violence spreading in Tripoli, as Moammar Gadhafi appeared to be losing his iron grip on his oil-rich nation as it became swept up in the Arab uprisings gripping the Middle East. Published February 21, 2011

Justice to probe case of Pakistan shooting

The Justice Department plans to investigate the fatal shooting last month of two Pakistani men by a U.S. Consulate employee who said he killed them in self-defense. The State Department, meanwhile, continues efforts to free the American from jail, complaining Pakistan violated diplomatic immunity by arresting him. Published February 16, 2011

Southern Sudan faces steep challenges for foreign cash

Rebel attacks that have killed more than 200 people in southern Sudan underscore the challenges facing the fledgling nation as it seeks foreign investment, a senior southern Sudanese government official said Tuesday." Published February 15, 2011

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman

Egyptian protesters not seen accepting Suleiman as new leader

Gen. Omar Suleiman emerged in recent weeks as the man most likely to oversee a transition toward political reform in Egypt. However, he is an unpalatable choice for the hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Published February 10, 2011

Southern Sudanese celebrate the official announcement of secession-vote results in Juba on Monday. Almost 99 percent of southerners voted to secede, to take effect in July 2011. (Associated Press)

Sudan under pressure after south secedes

A decision by an overwhelming majority of southerners to secede from Sudan likely will put new pressure on President Omar al-Bashir's fragile regime in a region rocked by anti-government protests. Published February 7, 2011