The Envoy
  • Libyan government to NATO: You missed

    NATO air strikes hit an office building inside Moammar Gadhafi's Tripoli compound Monday.lettergadhafi

    But a Libyan government spokesman issued an officious "You missed" taunt to NATO brass. The typed official government communique—which CNN correspondent Frederik Pleitgen  posted to Twitter—informed NATO that the strikes had missed Gadhafi.

    NATO has insisted it's not targeting the Libyan leader, but is rather conducting air strikes with the goal of protecting Libyan civilians from attacks, in accordance with the UN resolutions instituting a no-fly zone in the North African nation.

    And indeed, a photograph of the Tripoli compound building felled by the air strike, later posted by Pleitgen, appeared to show a clean strike that left a tree unharmed just a couple feet away from the targeted building, which NATO said was a command and control center.

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who visited Libyan anti-government rebels in their eastern Libyan stronghold of Benghazi last week, urged the United States

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    • How the Arab spring remade Obama's foreign policy. (New Yorker/Ryan Lizza)

    • On the day of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the core of Al-Qaeda was concentrated in a single city: Karachi, Pakistan, newly released U.S. documents show. (Washington Post)

    • A trove of 700 U.S. military files offers insights into men who've been held there. (New York Times)

    • More than 160 of those released or transferred from Gitmo were described in U.S. documents as a risk to the United States, files show. (NPR)

    • How the media got the latest tranche of U.S. diplomatic cables on Guantanamo Bay. (Huffington Post/Michael Calderone)

    • Syria's army has advanced into the southern city of Deraa, with tanks and troops seeking to put down anti-regime protests. (BBC)

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  • Yemen's ruling party has agreed to a political transition plan put forward by the Persian Gulf bloc of Arab nations under which its three decade ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh would step down, the party spokesman told Reuters.

    "The ruling party informed the foreign ministers of the [Gulf Cooperation Council] GCC of their acceptance of the Gulf initiative in full," a spokesman for the Yemeni ruling party Tariq Shami told Reuters Saturday.

    Under the GCC-proposed plan, Saleh would turn over power to his vice president a month after an official agreement is signed with opposition forces, and will be granted immunity from prosecution, Reuters reported.

    The United States tentatively welcomed the development, but stressed the urgency of a political dialogue in Yemen that includes all sides, including Yemeni youth, to advance a peaceful transfer of power in the country, the poorest in the Arab world.

    "We welcome the recent Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative to address the challenging

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