U.S. says it’s “reviewing” Algeria’s explanation for admitting Gadhafi’s family
The U.S. State Department Photo By: CNNs Bethany Swain
August 30th, 2011
07:38 PM ET

U.S. says it’s “reviewing” Algeria’s explanation for admitting Gadhafi’s family

By CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty

Faced with the disturbing fact that Muammar Gadhafi’s wife and three children, including some grandchildren, were able to flee over the Libyan border to Algeria in spite of a U.N. travel ban, the U.S. State Department nevertheless is taking a low-key approach.

“There are concerns that this isn’t in keeping with the travel ban restrictions,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Tuesday but, defending the administration’s response, she said the U.S. is reviewing Algeria’s explanation for why it let the family into the country.

Gadhafi’s two sons who fled, Hannibal and Mohammed, along with his daughter, Aisha, are specifically named in the U.N. travel ban for “closeness of association with regime.”

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State Department says Syria YouTube video will 'backfire'
US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford Photo By: AFP/Getty Images
August 30th, 2011
07:05 PM ET

State Department says Syria YouTube video will 'backfire'

By CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty

The State Department is slamming an amateur video put on YouTube showing the American ambassador being harassed by a Syrian supporter of President Bashar al-Assad, calling it a "feeble attempt to divert the world's attention from what's really happening to the Syrian people."

The video, the authenticity of which CNN cannot verify, is part of a report on U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford carried by Al Donya TV. It claims that Ford and other Westerners were trying to infiltrate a crowd of pro-Assad supporters in Damascus. It also says that Ford was in Syria to try to subvert the Assad regime.

A man described as an eyewitness tells the reporter he chased Ford down and covered him in an Assad poster because he knew Ford was trying "to play with this country."

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August 30th, 2011
02:18 PM ET

Move over, James Bond

Move over, James Bond. These guys are the real deal.

CNN's Suzanne Kelly walks through time at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., with CIA legend Charlie Allen and the former head of KGB operations in the United States Oleg Kalugin.

August 30th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

The true story of 'The Triple Agent'

It was December 30, 2009, and it should have been the most highly anticipated break in the U.S. and Jordanian pursuit of then al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al Zawahiri. It didn’t work out that way.

An al Qaeda mole had instead infiltrated both agencies to devastating effect when he detonated his suicide vest on a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan.

In his new book, "The Triple Agent," Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick tracks down the true story of the triple agent.

August 30th, 2011
08:47 AM ET

As Gadhafis flee, Libyan rebels fall out with Algeria

By CNN's Tim Lister

The arrival in Algeria of Moammar Gadhafi's wife and three of his children seems likely to become yet another thorny issue in an already prickly relationship between Libya's rebel leadership and the Algerian government.

The two sides have been at odds since officials of the National Transitional Council accused Algeria of supporting Gadhafi – a claim denied by the Algerians, who say they are neutral in the Libyan conflict. But Algeria is the only one of Libya's North African neighbors yet to recognize the NTC as Libya's legitimate authority and last week protested to the United Nations over damage done to the Algerian embassy in Tripoli.

Some rebel officials have already complained about Gadhafi family members being allowed to cross the border, which Algeria has described as a humanitarian gesture.

In a sharply worded statement reported by Reuters Tuesday, NTC spokesman Mahmoud Shamman said Libya's new rulers had "promised to provide a just trial to all those criminals and therefore we consider this an act of aggression."

"We are warning anybody not to shelter Gadhafi and his sons," Shammam said. "We are going after them in any place to find them and arrest them," he said. FULL POST

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