Arab States Weekly Review 27th Aug – 2nd Sep 2011

Rebels in Libya tightened their grip on Tripoli, as Colonel Qaddafi’s close family fled to neighbouring Algeria. Loyalists in Sirte, the last stronghold of Qaddafi, were given an ultimatum to surrender by September 3rd or face an all-out assault.

A string of bombs likely to be planted by Al-Qaeda went off all over Iraq. A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people in Baghdad, including a prominent parliamentarian.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a military academy in Algeria that killed 18 people.

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