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Vol 44 No 8

Published 18th April 2003


Libya

The quiet pro-American

Mostly quiet on the Iraq war, Colonel Gadaffi wants his oil industry to be run by US companies

The normally loquacious Moammar el Gadaffi, erstwhile champion of Arab nationalism and bogeyman of United States President Ronald Reagan (and many others) in the 1980s, spent the weeks of the Iraq war in a state of purdah. His Foreign Minister, Ali Tereiki, did threaten to pull out of the Arab League for failing to construct a common stance on US aggression. In late March, the security forces allowed and sometimes encouraged demonstrations. One outside the Kuwaiti Embassy in Tripoli got out of hand, the crowd attacked and Kuwait expelled Libya's chargé d'affaires.

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