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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Osama El Amin  receives treatment for injuries sustained during fighting in his home country at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, Mass. (Emily Chou/Here & Now)

In late October, 22 Libyans, who were wounded during the fighting to oust Moammar Gadhafi, were flown by the U.S. State Department with funds from Libya’s Transitional Council to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, Massachusetts.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Author Hisham Matar. (Courtesy of Daina Matar)

Author Hisham Matar is returning to Libya for the first time in 30 years. In part, he’s hoping to find his father, a dissident who was jailed under Moammar Gadhafi.

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Friday, October 21, 2011
Anti-Gaddafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in the town. (AP)

They won the war to oust the dictator, but now the former rebels face enormous challenges of rebuilding the country, disarming the militias, and returning the oil industry to its previous levels of productivity.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Sirte, Libya, Thusday. Officials in Libya's transitional government said Moammar Gadhafi was captured and possibly killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte. (AP)

Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya with a dictatorial grip for 42 years until he was ousted by his own people in an uprising that turned into a bloody civil war, was killed Thursday.

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Friday, August 26, 2011
Qatar is the small Arab Gulf Emirate that's been playing an outsize role in the democratic rebellions across the Middle East, from Yemen to Libya.

The small Arab emirate of Qatar has been playing an outsize role in the Arab Spring rebellions across the Middle East leading to a perception that “all roads” lead there.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Directors and journalists Sebastian Junger, left, and Tim Hetherington are shown at the Restrepo outpost in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, during the filming of their documentary "Restrepo". Hetherington was recently killed while reporting from Libya. (AP/Outpost Films/Tim Hetherington)

Journalist Sebastian Junger was supposed to be in Libya, covering the conflict there with photojournalist Tim Hetherington last month. A personal matter kept him home, when Hetherington and another photographer, Chris Hondros, were killed in a battle in Misrata.

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Monday, April 18, 2011
Freelance journalist Clare Gillis has gone missing while reporting in Libya. (Courtesy of Gillis family)

Clare Gillis is a freelance reporter who was captured with several other journalists while reporting on the intense fighting outside of the key oil town of Brega, Libya, earlier this month. We speak with Gillis’ father Robert Gillis, who is waiting for news of his daughter’s whereabouts.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A French jet fighter takes off for a mission to Libya at Solenzara 126 Air Base, on Corsica Island. (AP)

The foreign ministers from France and the UK say NATO must do more to destroy Moammar Gadhafi’s forces in Libya. Despite continuing NATO air strikes, Libya’s rebels continue to take big hits.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011
A wounded Libyan rebel fighter is attended by medical staff at the main hospital of Ajdabiya, Libya. (AP)

Rebel fighters are claiming that NATO airstrikes blasted their forces today in what would be the second accidental NATO strike against rebels in a week.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi in 2007. (AP)

The consulting firm, Monitor Group, says that its earlier multimillion dollar contract with Libya was aimed at reforming the country. But critics contend that Monitor acted as Gadhafi’s PR spin machine.

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Friday, April 1, 2011
New York Times journalists Stephen Farrell, Tyler Hicks, Ambassdor Levent Sahinkaya, Lynsey Addario and Anthony Shadid pose at the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli, Libya after their release on March 21. (AP)

On March 15, four New York Times journalists were captured by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces while covering the fighting in Libya. Photographer Tyler Hicks was in the group, and he describes the brutality and fear that he and his colleagues experienced.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Libyan rebels fire rockets at troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on the road between Ajdabiya and Brega, Libya. (AP)

As Libyan rebels retreat from Gadhafi’s forces pressing east, the U.S. has admitted that C.I.A. teams are on the ground in Libya gathering intelligence on the opposition. And Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is on Capitol Hill today answering questions about the U.S. role and objectives in the Libyan campaign.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Libyan rebels retreat from the frontline outside of Ras Lanouf, 250 km east of Sirte, central Libya. (AP)

Rebels in Libya are getting some protection from the no fly zone. But from Downing Street to Washington, there’s a debate about whether to also support them with training and arms, especially given the looming questions about who makes up the opposition.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
President Barack Obama delivers his address on Libya at the National Defense University in Washington yesterday. (AP)

In his speech last night, President Obama said that the U.S. had to intervene militarily in Libya to prevent a massacre of civilians. What does that mean for U.S. foreign policy going forward?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
A Libyan rebel urges people to leave, as shelling from Gadhafi's forces started landing on the frontline outside of Bin Jawaad, 150 km east of Sirte, central Libya. (AP)

Despite nine days of allied air strikes, Moammar Gadhafi’s forces have beaten back opposition troops in their campaign to capture Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, which is the gateway to the western part of the country.

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Monday, March 28, 2011
Hands from hotel employees trying to grab her, and foreign journalist attempting to protect her, surround Iman Al-Obeidi, right, who said she spent two days in detention after being arrested at a checkpoint in Tripoli, Libya, and was sexually assaulted by up to 15 men while in custody. (AP)

Journalist Jonathan Miller was at a hotel in Tripoli when Libyan Iman Al-Obeidi burst in, claiming that she had been raped by Gadhafi supporters. Miller describes the scene and how he ended up flat on his back on the ground.

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Friday, March 25, 2011
A French Navy Rafale jet fighter takes off the flight deck of Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean sea as part of the Operation Odyssey Dawn. (AP/French Army)

Air strikes continued over Libya after NATO agreed to take control of the no fly zone there. And a top African Union official has called for a transition period in Libya that would lead to democratic elections in a rare rebuke to Col. Gadhafi.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Libyan rebels stop on the road as mortars from Moammar Gadhafi's forces are fired on them on the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya Tuesday. (AP)

President Obama insists the military operation in Libya serves U.S. interests, but some are skeptical of that claim, including our guest, Andrew Bacevich, Boston University professor of history and international relations.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
British Royal Air Force Typhoon jets land at the Gioia del Colle air base near Bari, Southern Italy. (AP)

International forces have launched new airstrikes in Libya as witnesses report that Moammar Gadhafi’s forces continue to push into opposition-held areas.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
President Barack Obama makes a statement on Libya, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

The president’s decision to commit American forces in the no fly zone over Libya is being criticized on all sides of the political spectrum. Some say he waited too long, others that the U.S shouldn’t be involved at all. We take a look at the political fall-out from the decision and the powers at play within the White House.

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