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Gaddafi's troops, tribes 'turning on him'

2011-09-03 19:51

Tripoli - Fugitive Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi is quickly losing fighters, with many of his new recruits simply handing over their weapons to his foes, a military commander of the new leadership said on Saturday.

"Gaddafi is recruiting young men as volunteers but these young men are handing over their weapons to the revolutionaries," said Abdelhakim Belhaj, head of the Tripoli military council.

He claimed that forces loyal to the National Transitional Council control "90%" of Libya and that even in areas still held by pro-Gaddafi forces the majority of the population is with the revolution at heart.

Gaddafi forces, numbering no more than "a couple of thousand, still hold Sirte, on the coast, and Sabha in the south, Belhaj said. There are also a "few" loyalist fighters in Bani Walid, southeast of the capital, and the outskirts of Zuwarah, west of Tripoli.

"They are not a big force and they are demotivated," he added.

Tribes

Even some members of Gaddafi's tribes, Belhaj said, have made contact with rebel forces well ahead of a deadline to surrender which expires on Saturday.

"They said they will side with the Libyan people," the commander said.

A civilian group, he added, ventured on Thursday to the southern oasis town of Bani Walid, the Gaddafi stronghold closest to the capital.

They found many of the checkpoints of the city undefended with most guards abandoning their posts in what Belhaj described as a "surprising move."

"We can now say that Bani Walid is open," he said.

Some 600 men aboard 200 combat vehicles moved to within 20km of Bani Walid without meeting any opposition on Saturday, but returned to their base in Misrata, fighters said.

Comments
  • slg - 2011-09-03 20:10

    Moamar, just surrender. And tell your followers to surrender too. The game's up. At least you'll gain some face and heart by preventing more bloodshed. Advise Bashar to hand over power too.

      HogHo - 2011-09-04 09:25

      Another candidate for the Gallows...........I'll pull the lever !!

  • blanco_pta - 2011-09-03 20:14

    gadaffi's regime is falling after so many decades. remembering the fall of aparthied regime. Hmm, things happen.

  • Angelo - 2011-09-03 20:23

    Gaddafi ask your African brothers for help AU supports you .,. /

      Spyker May - 2011-09-04 00:54

      I would rather seek a brain-transplant if I were you...

      ndlovu.bhekinkosi - 2011-09-04 05:30

      its not even a matter of asking his african brothers the world is changing the game of the old regime is jst over ,,we are sick and tired of ditactors with rust mindset!!!

      czovczov - 2011-09-04 07:27

      I dont know what kind of drug you are on you moron or you are just naturally stupid. What African Brothers are you talking about? The only African Brothers we support are the democratically elected ones.

  • SP - 2011-09-03 20:31

    Yes Gadaffi surrender, so that Al Hasidi can begin butchering the Libyan people in peace while the hypocrites of the West turn their greedy eyes toward Syria.

      SP - 2011-09-03 20:40

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8407047/Libyan-rebel-commander-admits-his-fighters-have-al-Qaeda-links.html

      slg - 2011-09-03 20:47

      And delusional people can continue in their blindness, while the world celebrates the end of 42 years of dictatorship. You're missing momentous events.

      SP - 2011-09-03 22:11

      Hold on, the worst is yet to come.

      Spyker May - 2011-09-04 01:30

      SP - get a life you freak. Do you enjoy posting links that are months outdated..? http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/terror-group-founder-libyan-rebel-military-commander/story?id=14405319 The rest of the world is beginning to lose interest, in your- and your ANC's/AU's type of rhetoric - it is as outdated as the transistor radio. The rest of the planet no longer care about what the AU has to say - they know it is a corrupt side-show with a stone-age mentality - a meaningless bunch of clap-traps. Marxism (and alike) is dead, dude.., long gone (while you- and your kind fell asleep in the trees and the caves).., a still-born failure from the ‘stoned’-age; the world has moved on in the mean time (today Russia and China are nearer to capitalism than what the USA is by certain measures). Snap into the 21st century you nincompoop dinosaur. Start by getting a ‘leader’ (or is that a dealer, a dealer of cash, to be accurate) that could at least make a chair at school – HOW FREAKING EMBARRASSING. No surprise that the rest of the world met in Paris, without even bothering about a country that has a cattle-herder with a Std 3 certificate for a President – they must have been rolling on the floor laughing at him after he left Norway, as they did after he left the UK (eg the UK papers calling him a “sex-crazed buffoon”)...

  • John - 2011-09-03 20:37

    Good. Arrest him and hand him over to the International Criminal Court so he can get what he deserves.

      Just Greg - 2011-09-04 10:00

      Why John, so he can be coddled by the EU, read current events and see where most of these deposed dictators and despots end up living out their golden years, jetting from Europe to the Arab states and back and forth, living lavish lifestyles from the " Hidden " money in the hundreds of Swiss & Offshore bank accounts, Duvalier, Marcos, Pahlavi, Amin, Just to name a few off the top of my head, Better the populace of Libya hunt him down like the dog he is, Aim square between the eyes..Finish and klaar

  • Angelo - 2011-09-03 20:37

    GADDAFI the great african figther whats up ?

      Spyker May - 2011-09-04 01:14

      His head on a stake...

      czovczov - 2011-09-04 07:31

      A brain transplant is your only hope my dearest retarded African Brother.

  • Johan - 2011-09-03 20:46

    Ask uncle JZ to send over JM and the comrades of the ANCYL to help you topple these bloody agents , pigs.

      ndlovu.bhekinkosi - 2011-09-04 05:33

      jacob zuma, mugabe as well as malema their time is coming, gaddafi will be wasting his time to seek help from them

  • Deset Rat - 2011-09-03 20:56

    More mis-imformation I presume?

      slg - 2011-09-03 21:53

      You presume right in your delusion. But the world is advancing, human consciousness is evolving.

      Mthetwa - 2011-09-04 08:37

      Social networking is the connection

  • Mikey777 - 2011-09-03 21:04

    Farewell Gadaffi, your days are numbered, Libya and Africa will be a better place without you!

  • Cat Woman - 2011-09-03 21:58

    Your people want freedom not a dictator.. Go in peace and allow them to have their wishes!

  • Verdade - 2011-09-03 23:22

    Mamoer...you gonna get moered now... So where's your friends now Baboon Bob and Showerhead Shrek Zuma....Gaddafi, remember when times are dark friends are few! You and your rotten family deserves what's coming your way!

  • tommy 2 - 2011-09-03 23:59

    BLADDY TRAITORS....................

      slg - 2011-09-04 04:19

      Complain all you want, you were warned a long time ago. There's still time for you to change. For Moamar and sons it's too late.

  • moderfontein - 2011-09-04 10:55

    More disinformation spread from the Zionist gangsters in the Pentagon who now control every vital aspect of Christian America. The American tax payer is bled dry to fight war for the the most evil people ever put on the face of the earth. The world has known from day one that Zionist American led agression aganist a soverign state has nothing whatsoever to do with the right of the Libyan people , and all to do with , installing CIA controlled agents as Libyas new unelected henchmen to deliver Libyas vast oil reserves to be looted for the benfit of International Zionist gangster bankers and their cronies in the oil industry. Even thought who cheerled for the Zionist American agression aganist the Libyan people know in their cold evil hearts that the Libyan people will have no say whatsoever in how their country and it vast wealth is managed. Just a few days ago the Zionist and their cronies met to decide their future and carve up the spolis of their evil agression . The only hope the Libyans have now is to fight a prolonged gurellia war, useing RSB and put bountys on the heads of CIA who front the so called TNC. They must fight bravely as those in Iraq and Afganastan have done and burn the feet under of the Zionist backed agressor and their CIA Puppets .

      john - 2011-09-04 13:31

      Lol, don't be daffy. The Libyans are being given the chance to embrace the Western way. Every country that has been given this chance and has taken it has benefited. Look at Japan and South Korea. Every country that has been given this chance and has resisted it ends up as an impoverished and oppressed cesspit. Look at North Korea and Vietnam. The Libyans now have a chance to get rid of Gaddafi's silly Little Green Book and implement something that works. They'd be mad not to take it.

      slg - 2011-09-05 17:57

      Zionist gangsters in the Pentagon who now control every vital aspect of Christian America? So this is your agenda. You're an anti-semite. You're also arrogant. You don't speak for the world. You're also delusional. The Libyan people will write their own constitution with a bill of rights and elect their leaders in general election. Like the 80 million Egyptians and 10 million Tunisians, Libyans have freed themselves from decades of oppressive dictatorship. Moderfontein you're an anti-semite, like Adolf Hitler and his Nazi's were. Talk about being out of date and wrong.

  • mcirha - 2011-09-04 10:59

    when did they start turning against him? the colonialist invaders are telling us all this, these tribes are so happy to be invaded by these vultures to the point that they are now turning against the libyan jamahiriya...astonishing

      darkwing - 2011-09-04 13:27

      It's called the anti dictator virus. Africa is just behind in catching it, as usual.

      slg - 2011-09-05 17:59

      He has just a few thousand supporters.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-09-04 11:05

    Gadhaffi committed heinous crimes against humanity during his tenure. As as far as I know, "aiding and abetting" is also a crime. All those who profited through their relationship with Gadhaffi, or who assisted him in his evil, should also be prosecuted.

  • marco - 2011-09-04 11:09

    Gaddafi,Britain and USA: A secret,special and very cosy relationship and some serious Gaddafi ****sucking going on here. Classified files lay bare the ties between the nations so wrote Kim Sengupta and Portia Walker in Tripoli,Jane Merrick and Brian Brady in London. Britain helped to capture one of the leading opponents of the Gaddafi regime before he was sent back to be tortured in Libya, according to a secret document discovered by The Independent on Sunday Newspaper in the offices of Moussa Koussa,then Muammar Gaddafi's spymaster. London's involvement in the rendition of Abdel-Hakim Belhaj,currently the military commander of rebel forces in Tripoli, is revealed in the letter from an MI6 officer.In it,he reminds Mr Koussa that it was British intelligence which led to the capture of Mr Belhaj,then leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group,before he was sent to Libya in the rendition process by the Americans. The senior UK intelligence official,whose identity is not being revealed for security reasons,then sought information obtained from the Islamist leader by "enhanced interrogation technique".Mr Belhaj had revealed that he was tortured during questioning.The letter refers to Mr Belhaj by his nom de guerre,Abu "Abd Allah Sadiq",and reads in part:"The intelligence about Abu "Abd Allah" was British.I know I did not pay for the air cargo Mr Belhaj.But I feel I have the right to deal with you direct on this and am very grateful to you for the help you are giving us.

  • marco - 2011-09-04 11:10

    "So close had the relationship become that several Western European intelligence agencies were using the the services of MI6 to approach the Libyans for help with their own terrorist suspects. The Swedish, Italian and Dutch services sought the help of the UK agency in liaising with Tripoli. A sign of the warmth of the relationship between British intelligence and their Libyan counterparts is shown in the stream of letters from London to Tripoli, headed "Greetings from MI6" and "Greetings from SIS". The documents reveal that British security agencies provided details about exiled opposition figures to the Libyans, including phone numbers. Among those targeted were Ismail Kamoka, freed by British judges in 2004 because he was not regarded as a threat to the UK's national security. MI6 even drafted a speech for Gaddafi when he was seeking rapprochement with the outside world with a covering note stressing that UK and Libyan officials must use "the same script".Other documents show urgent requests for information about Abu Hamza al-Libi, said to be a senior al-Qa'ida operative who had travelled to the UK from Italy and the Netherlands to collect forged UK passports destined for Iran.Al-Libi was suspected of being involved in a plot to carry out a cyanide attack in Rome in 2002.In March 2004, Mr Blair first shook hands with Gaddafi in his Bedouin tent.The pair then met again in May 2007,shortly before Mr Blair left office.

  • marco - 2011-09-04 11:10

    Libya's Timeline: 21 December 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, killing 270 people November 1991 US and UK accuse Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah of being responsible. April 1999 UN sanctions on Libya suspended after suspects handed over 31 January 2001 Megrahi found guilty and jailed for life, Fhimah cleared. Foreign Secretary insists "no deal" with Libya on Megrahi's sentence and "full sentence will be served in a Scottish prison" 2002 CIA and MI6 begin active engagement with Libyan intelligence agents 15 August 2003 Libya officially accepts responsibility for Lockerbie and agrees to compensate relatives of the victims 16 December 2003 Senior Foreign Office, MI6, CIA and Libyan officials agree deal to bring Libya in from cold at the Travellers Club in Pall Mall 24 March 2004 Blair offers Gaddafi "hand of friendship" during talks in a tent outside Tripoli.

  • marco - 2011-09-04 11:16

    May 2007 Blair meets Gaddafi again for talks in Libyan desert 21 October 2008 Megrahi has advanced-stage prostate cancer 25 July 2009 Megrahi asks to be released from jail on compassionate grounds 20 August 2009 Scottish government releases Megrahi 15 February 2011 Arrest of human rights campaigner in Benghazi sparks wave of protests 27 February 2011 Blair calls Gaddafi twice to ask him to stop the slaughter of protesters 17 March 2011 UN no-fly zone authorised over Libya. Two days later Britain and France begin bombing military targets 22 August 2011 Rebels take Tripoli, including Green Square (now Martyrs' Square).Gaddafi's whereabouts unknown. Gaddafi's long lost web which shows some disturbing ****sucking by NATO or shall we call them the brutal ****suckers.

      Anton - 2011-09-04 11:30

      Marco, Shame man, what happened to you ?? , did everything go wrong in your life ?? , that you find it necessarily, to continuously shove all this BS down our throats ???

      moderfontein - 2011-09-04 12:07

      Marco, why dont you answer my question , as to why would the Zionist American NATO backed terrorist butcher leader Al-Hasidi (who alleges he was tortured by the CIA )now be begging his tortures to bomb his own country into the stone age , so as he and the other TNC (CIA/MOSSAD/MI6) agents can hand over Libyas vast oil reserves to be looted by the western gangster oil barnons and their cronies in the Zionist gangster bankers ?.

      john - 2011-09-04 13:50

      moderfontein, erm, you do know that Libya under Gaddafi made about $40bn a year in oil sales and that Iraq is currently making about $60bn per annum in oil sales, yeah? If this is what it means to be "looted by gangster oil barons", then they're welcome to come and loot my house any time. In South Africa, our looters take our property without paying. In the West, their looters give you billions. Is there any question about which is the superior system?

      slg - 2011-09-05 18:01

      This is out of date and twisted in context. Marco, you continue to distort facts and take them out of context.

      slg - 2011-09-05 18:01

      Moderfontein, you're an anti-semite Jew hater. This is the height you reach. It's as low as one can go.

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