The assault on the prison began around 1:30 a.m. Firing their AK-47s, launching RPGs and throwing hand grenades, the fighters blasted open the main gate and headed straight for six of the facility’s barracks, encountering little or no resistance from the 30 or so guards on duty. As one of the escapees later told The Daily Beast, the gunmen shot off the locks of the cells, shouting “Adnan Rashid! Where are you?”
And there’s Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen with Qadhafi’s hand on his shoulder, and really yucking it up behind them, Amr Moussa, then the head of the Arab League, now an aspiring contender to become the first democratically elected president of Egypt.
Taken less than a year before, the photo captured the ear-to-ear smiles of the leaders of several autocratic regimes. At the center of the photo stood Gaddafi, smiling and resplendent in his golden-brown robes and trademark sunglasses.
To his far left stood then-Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, laughing, and looking for all the world like he was invincible. To his right stood then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, with Gaddafi’s elbow jauntily on his soldier.
When almost no one showed up to the “day of rage” in Saudi Arabia three months ago, many in the West assumed that Saudis had little to protest. It turns out that at least half of them just couldn’t get there.
So today, June 17, Saudi women are practicing the basic human right of driving, and risking arrest while doing so.
Photo: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP
More than 450 prisoners have escaped from the main prison in Kandahar City after Taliban militants dug a tunnel into the compound. The Taliban dug the 1,000-foot long tunnel over five months. The majority of the escapees are Taliban insurgents, including 100 commanders.
Jordan Rice, a 13-year-old boy from Australia, died in the Toowoomba flood on Wednesday after instructing rescuers to save his younger brother first. Rice, his mother, and 10-year-old brother Blake climbed onto the roof of their car after being caught in the flood. A truck driver pulled up, tied himself to his truck, and went to rescue them. He reached for Jordan first, but Jordan told him to take his brother. Jordan, who could not swim, and his mother were then swept away, and both drowned. Up to 20,000 homes are at risk in Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, because of the floods.