President Barack Obama made a live statement shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday from the East Room of the White House.
“Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children,” he began.
On May 1, 2011, I was working the Sunday night shift for Raw Story. Shortly before 10:00 p.m., the scheduled end of my shift, an email from the White House Press Office shot into my inbox — an email that would change everything for so many people.
I stayed on shift hours later, frantically assembling the liveblog behind the cut and then pulling together another piece about President Barack Obama’s remarks. Read the liveblog — from rumor to confirmation of the al-Qaeda leader’s death — behind the cut, or read it at Raw Story, where it was originally published. (more…)
Items such as night vision goggles, pistols, field kits, boots, body armor, machinery and rations have gone missing around British military bases in the past year, and officials there say the disappearances are starting to add up.
“There’s enough military equipment to launch a small coup,” Luciana Berger, an MP, told The Guardian. “The list went on and on, and the one I asked for was restricted to those items worth more than £100, so it is likely that many other things were stolen.
“This list doesn’t include military bases abroad either. I will be laying down another question about that.”
Eman al-Obeidy, the woman whose saga of abuse, gang-rape and unlawful detention at the hands of pro-Gaddafi militiamen in Tripoli continues to evolve, has finally surfaced. The Libyan government repeatedly insisted that she had been freed, but there was no sign of her in the media, and her family said they had not seen her either and worried for her safety.
As it turns out, she was eventually released from government custody after being dragged out of the Rixos Hotel, full of foreign journalists, March 26. However, she has been captured and beaten at least three times since then. Still, she is determined to tell her story.
Stirring stories have been coming out of the non-stop media coverage of Libya for weeks, but perhaps the most shocking of Saturday’s batch was that of Eman al-Obeidy. Five men were arrested Sunday in connection with the incident, which is surrounded with government officials smearing the woman’s name, and reporters wondering whether they are being told the whole truth.
Al-Obeidy burst into a hotel full of foreign reporters in Tripoli Saturday and struggled to tell journalists details of her two-day gang-rape and torture at the hands of 15 men, while hotel staff yelled at her that she was a traitor. She showed reporters cuts and bruises on her face and legs, and wounds from binding around her ankles and wrists, and resisted removal from the hotel for nearly an hour while insisting that the men who raped her were militia men loyal to Gaddafi.
A second attempt at a military cease-fire in Libya may be on the horizon, after Operation Odyssey Dawn began Saturday. Coalition military efforts have reportedly crippled Libya’s ground troops and air capabilities.
According to UKPA, the new cease-fire was issued under a general banner of the Libyan government, and Gaddafi was not named specifically.
“We, the Popular Social Leadership of Libya, recommend to the armed forces to announce an immediate ceasefire to all military units,” said a government spokesperson in Tripoli, after an afternoon of heavy artillery fire in the area.
A senior administration official tells CNN that Gaddafi’s compound was targeted by coalition forces in a Sunday night airstrike because it has command center capabilities. However, the damage done to the building does not render it ineffective as a command center. There is still no indication that Gaddafi was in the compound when it was hit, and no evidence of casualties.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates earlier Sunday urged coalition forces to stick to enforcing the U.N.’s no-fly zone resolution, and not target Gaddafi himself.
In a Pentagon press conference Sunday evening, Vice Admiral Bill Gortney said, “we are not going after Gaddafi,” but also said that if the Libyan leader was “somewhere he shouldn’t be,” it’s possible he could be wounded.
UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at the podium in Paris at 12:25 p.m. EST. She said that the Libyan government had “lost all legitimacy,” and listed the broad coalition of support for U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, demanding a cease-fire in Libya.
“Yesterday, President Obama said very clearly that if Gaddafi failed to comply with these terms, there would be consequences,” Clinton said. “There has been some talk from Tripoli of a cease-fire, but the reality on the ground tells a very different story. Colonel Gaddafi defies the world. His attacks on civilians go on.”