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We're in our home, Gaddafi says

2011-07-20 08:59

Ajdabiya - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Tuesday to resist both rebels and Nato air strikes, as the insurgents sought to consolidate gains on one front and readied to push forward on another.

"Millions of people are on my side," Gaddafi said in a speech broadcast over loudspeakers to partisans in Al-Aziziya, 50km west of the capital.

"We are in our own home, and we will fight to the last drop of blood to defend our honour, our oil and our riches," he said.

"This war was imposed on us, and our only choice is to fight - men, women and children - with all our weapons to liberate [the rebel strongholds] of Benghazi, Misrata and Al-Jabal Al-Gharbi [the Nafusa mountains southwest of the capital].

"We will march on the cities controlled by the traitors and mercenaries of Nato to retake them. Nato's bombs do not scare us."

In his last address on Saturday, Gaddafi said he would never leave the land of his ancestors after new international calls for him to step down and as rebels pressed their campaign to overthrow him.

Hours before Gaddafi spoke, rebels, who claimed to have retaken the oil refinery town Brega in the east, said they were trying to push the enemy far enough west to place the city out of shelling range.

Rebel military sources said some Gaddafi forces were still thought to be at Bishr to the west, and were arcing rockets over Brega onto rebel positions.

The bulk of their forces were still waiting to enter the city, hampered by vast quantities of mines and trenches filled with flammable liquids, they said.

Dwindling supplies


Abdulrazag Elaradi, a National Transitional Council (NTC) member visiting the front, said that in one 7.5km tract the rebels had found more than 700 mines.

"This has never been done before; people have to know about this," he said, appalled that Gaddafi would mine his own country.

The rebels said on Monday loyalist forces had retreated from Brega, leaving just 150 to 200 fighters pinned down inside.

Citing intercepted radio chatter, another rebel military source said loyalists were led in retreat by their commander, Gaddafi’s son Mutassim, leaving just a few fighters with dwindling supplies.

Gaddafi spokesperson Mussa Ibrahim denied Brega had fallen to the rebels.

"They tried to recapture the town, but were repulsed losing 500 of their fighters in the battle," Ibrahim said in Tripoli.

Medics said at least seven rebel fighters were killed and 45 wounded during the day.

Brega is a major centre for channelling oil through the pipelines of the resource-rich Sirte Basin to the rest of the world.

In the west, rebels consolidated their grip on the desert hamlet of Gualish south of Tripoli as commanders said a new push on the capital could be launched by the end of the month.

"We are preparing for the battle. We hope [it will take place], God willing, before Ramadan," or just after the start of the holy Muslim fasting month at the beginning of August, said rebel commander Mokhtar Lakhdar.

Mounting diplomatic pressure

Speaking in Gualish Lakhdar, he said they were waiting for the green light from rebel headquarters in Benghazi.

The next rebel target is Asabah, 80km south of the capital, and the last barrier between rebels and the garrison town of Gharyan.

Meanwhile, amid mounting diplomatic pressure on the Libyan regime to step down after four decades in power, US envoys held a rare meeting with regime representatives at the weekend.

US officials said it was a one-off meeting to deliver a message to Gaddafi, though Ibrahim told CNN television the talks were the start of a diplomatic process and the "first step in dialogue".

The White House on Tuesday said Gaddafi was clearly losing his grip on power and on his way out after four decades leading Libya, with spokesperson Jay Carney insisting the Libyan strongman was "cut off from fuel and cash".

Meanwhile, Russian news agencies said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Libyan counterpart Abdelati al-Obeidi will discuss the current situation in Libya and African Union-led mediation efforts on Wednesday in Moscow.

And rebel military leaders from Misrata will meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday seeking extra aid, a source close to them told AFP.

Sarkozy's office declined to comment.

Comments
  • Honest Dude - 2011-07-20 09:37

    All this could have been avoided if he simply called for democratic elections when the troubled started. Don't blame NATO, Gadaffi had his chance to avoid all this bloodshed.

      Valis - 2011-07-20 10:54

      How ignorant are you people? Gaddafi has a standing offer open to hold democratic elections overseen by the West. NATO REFUSES to accept his offer. So how can it be Gaddafi's fault?

      Bernard - 2011-07-20 11:00

      Why not have a look at the bigger picture? http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/publisher,IRBC,,LBY,45f147662,0.html The CIA Man Hifter ist responsible for this criminal act. And guess what: This is the so called Libyen "revolution". CIA man Hifter. Paid by CIA for many years now, finally has found his destination. CIA bringing human rights - the joke of the century. CIA man Hifter calling onto CIA to bomb Libya since 5 months, day and night. There is talk about freedom (for people). The only freedom - once CIA has finished Libya - will be freedom for western corporations to exploit Libya to the vastest extent. Nothing will be left for Libyans, except for men like CIA man Hifter. One more "freedom" party - directed and done by CIA, "change" Obama and some imbecile European "leaders". Using the largest Terrorist Organisation of the world - NATO. These crimes must stop, terrorist organsation must cease their actions and be dismantled.

      Honest Dude - 2011-07-20 11:21

      Valis - because he lost his legitimacy. When they requested elections in the beginning he opted to massacre his people. The fear is that if they halt bombing he would regroup and just go back to his old ways. Once he officially step down they can hold elections. Common sense.

      Honest Dude - 2011-07-20 11:23

      The fact is he had the chance to solve the issue peacefully way back before NATO in conjunction with the Arab league started bombing him.

      Sharief - 2011-07-20 14:55

      Honest dude..u not honest with yourself dude...cant u see that all NATO is after is the OIL...NATO is just a name which is owned by AMERICA..IF GADDAFI was the problem then he should have been ousted long ago..AMERICA NEEDS MONEY DUDE..AMERICA HATES THE MUSLIM WORLD DUDE..AMERICA WILL LOOSE THIS WAR DUDE..HONESTLY!

      Al Fatah - 2011-07-21 01:23

      What bloodshed r u talking abt? he did not massacre anyone! unless you were there & saw it with ur own eyes everything else is hearsay by the terrorists & west media! Nato had no business to interfere in something internal. How wld u like it if we interfered in ur internal affairs!? this thing was planned ages ago by the US/Zionists & Ex patriots for their own interest & our Geopolitical situation plus our resources!

      slg - 2011-07-26 03:23

      Al Fatah, Sharief, the world is not blind. This is the information age.

  • Strategist - 2011-07-20 09:43

    "This has never been done before; people have to know about this," he said, appalled that Gaddafi would mine his own country." You sellout,rat, this bastard conspired with the zionists to betray Libya. Well done Gaddafi forces, kill all these rebels. The west is responsible for all the destruction going on in Libya. Africa, please sent your troops to help Gaddafi defeat the crusaders and zionists. Unite Africa, long live Gaddafi.

      Cliff - 2011-07-20 10:13

      You call yourself Strategist? What a joke! Why don't you fly off to Libya and help Gaddafi Mr Big Mouth!

      Anton - 2011-07-20 10:42

      One should be very careful with these so called Gaddafi supporters. They try to confuse others, with their sick racism and disturbed hatred for whites and anything Western. THEY CONTINUOUSLY INSULT THE AFRICAN PEOPLE, BY TREATING THEM LIKE SOME RETARDED CHILDREN, WHO CAN'T THINK FOR THEMSELVES. THEY WILL COME WITH ALL THEIR CRAPPY CHILDISH CONSPIRACY STORIES. THEY DON'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT LIBYA THEY ABUSE A DISCUSSION RE LIBYA, TO SPREAD THEIR RACISM AND HATRED THEY ARE THE ENEMIES OF AFRICA!!!!!!!!!!!

      Illuminated - 2011-07-20 10:43

      Cliff you know why its so easy for the West to illegaly invade Iraq and Afganistan, bomb Pakistan, set up riots in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Libya and set up insitutions like the UN, NATO, IMF, World Bank, ICC, Security council and make the masses think that they're independent instead of them being purely to serve their own interests... you know why its so easy for them to do this? cause of ignorant sheeple like you that believe everything they tell you... you need to wake up and realize that the worlds troubles do not just randomly materialize, they are orchestrated to serve a purpose... to divide and conquer.. one day the West is going to see their @ss... you cant slaughter millions of Iraqi's during the first invasion and expect the fatherless children in the future to welcome US troops with open arms during the second illigal invasion... America has 1000 military bases all over the world? why? if China sailed their warships right up to New York , America would consider that an act of war and yet America has war ships all over the world and we must comply? America has the largest reserve of nuclear weapons and the only country to ever use them and yet they dictate who can and cant build nuclear power stations. its hypocracy..

      Valis - 2011-07-20 10:57

      @Illuminated: Hear hear! Well said! These ignorant sheeple just swallow Western propaganda hook-line-and-sinker.

      daaivark - 2011-07-20 13:20

      Strategist, have you ever been outside your backyard? Your grasp of the world is very strange.

      Sharief - 2011-07-20 15:02

      Well siad Strategist...all NATO is after is the OIL in Libya!Where did these rebels come from,y did NATO go into Libya in FEBRUARY saying GADDAFI is killing his own people,the rebels are killing Libyan people everyday,whats that about?BELIEVE IT OR NOT BUT THE QURAAN WARNS US ABOUT THIS TIME,ITS SAID THE MUSLIMS WILL SUFFER AT FIRST BUT WILL EVENTUALLY BE VICTORIUS..

      Al Fatah - 2011-07-21 01:25

      we dont call them anymore rebels we call them terrorists!

      Anton - 2011-07-21 06:29

      Al Fatah, Ohhhh I see...... Just like Mandela and most the leadedership of the ANC were called terrorists ????????????? Hatred blinds you!!

      slg - 2011-07-26 03:35

      As South Africans, we know a thing or two about oppression. At least the Apartheid leaders became enlightened and turned the system on it's head. Gadhafi is holding on until the end, and tens of thousands of people are being affected as a result. If you hold on with him, you have lots to fear. If you change and join the new generation hoping for a better future free of oppression, you'll have lots to be thankful for.

  • Namseun - 2011-07-20 09:57

    The way it has been done is propably not right, but he did nothing for his people, the riches he reffers to does not reach the people. while he lives like a King. and if he is not willing to opt for fair ellections then ..... just sad he does not get from his soft chair and fight with his so beloved people (millions)

      Illuminated - 2011-07-20 10:25

      actually plenty of the countries riches went to the people... Libya offered all citizens free healthcare, free education, subsidized housing... they offered farmers free land to farm on... Libyan people are among the most literate in Africa and GDP per capita is at $12,000, Their self-funded Water pipeline is locally known as the 8th Wonder of the World...they have the second largest Gold reserves per capita in the world so stop regurgetating the crap you hear on american owned news stations, they brainwash you with lies to justify their invasions of oil and gold rich countries... Democracy is a farce, just look at South Africa as an example... millions of people constantly voting for corrupt, criminal and unqualified people through pure ignorance

      Sharief - 2011-07-20 15:16

      Namseun,Namseun,Namseun...THE ANC PROMISES PEOPLE THE WORLD BEFORE ELECTIONS,AFTER THEY WON THE ELECTIONS THE POOR PEOPLE STILL WAITS,AND WAITS,AND WAITS..WHILE THE ANC TOP DOGS LIVES LIKE KINGS,DRIVES BIG BLACK CARS & NOT TO MENTION THEIR SALARIES..DOES THAT ALSO MEAN THAT NATO NEEDS TO COME TO SOUTH AFRICA AND OUST OUR PRESIDENT,STOP BELIVING EVERYTHING THEY TELL U,OR R U JUST ANOTHER DONKEY??HOW DO U EXPLAIN THIS ISSUE IN LIBYA TAKING SO LONG,SINCE FEBRUARY...

      ihavequestio - 2011-07-21 09:30

      Illuminated and Sharief - If the Middle East and Africa are so great then why do their people keep trying to escape to Western countries? The fact is clear, the West has freedom, democracy and the right to self determination while the Middle East, and most of Africa is loaded with self serving dictators that routinely imprison, torture and murder their own people. These are the facts and no amount of anti-West rhetoric is going to change this simple fact. Wake up you blind people and smell the roses!

  • spacecowboy - 2011-07-20 10:00

    GADDAFI! hashtag WINNING!

      daaivark - 2011-07-20 13:22

      Do you have any words other than "winning" in your vocab? Seems to be all you have to say and it isn't very illuminating.

      Sharief - 2011-07-20 15:19

      SEEMS LIKE DAAIVARK IS N REGTE VARK,SIES..JY PRAAT NET KAK

  • Strategist - 2011-07-20 10:06

    Gaddafi has offered these rebels election, but their masters, NATO refused. Why is NATO interested in Libya? If you have been following this invasion, by now you should be knowing exactly NATO's actual intent. The problem with most of our people in Africa trust propaganda media against Africa so much that they don't want to do further research on any on the topics. Some of the propaganda stations are BBC, CNN, Fox, Sky and many other. Fortunately, the truth about the media is now coming out. e.g the britsh Rupert Murdoch scandal. This goes on to show how the west can turn lies into truth. That's exactly what's happening in Libya. CIA is the driving force behind the rebels. Those are just stoogies and puppets used for the benefit of the zionists and crusaders. Africa unite, long live Gaddafi.

      Sharief - 2011-07-20 15:22

      YOU THE MAN STRATEGIST...I ENVY YOU FOR DEFENDING TEH TRUTH...ITS A ONLY A SHAME SOME OF THESE DONKEYS STILL BELIEVES GADDAFI IS KILLING HIS OWN PEOPLE....PEOPLE FORGOT THAT SADDAM HUSAIN WAS MURDERD,PEOPLE FORGOT AFGHANISTAN & IRAQ WAS ILLEGALY INVADED..THE TRUTH WILL BE KNOWN

      Anton - 2011-07-20 16:30

      Antonio, Re News Corp. This has nothing to do about truth or untruths, BUT ALL about HOW news is gathered. If you don't understand the difference, than let someone explain it you, but don't bore us with such a dumb comment !!!!!!

  • Strategist - 2011-07-20 10:22

    @Cliff, learn to bring forth your points. Don't attack individuals because they don't want to agree with you. Actaully that's dictatorship. Pliz state your case and points. That way we will see whether your are also a western stoogie blinded by mental colonialism and deficient of intellect. Those are the kind of bloggers worth commenting here not CNN and BBC viewers.

      Sharief - 2011-07-20 15:25

      YIP,FACTS ARE TRUTH..BUT NATO IS ALL ABOUT LIES

      juliusedwa - 2011-07-21 12:25

      YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN

  • Bernard - 2011-07-20 11:00

    Why not have a look at the bigger picture? http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/publisher,IRBC,,LBY,45f147662,0.html The CIA Man Hifter ist responsible for this criminal act. And guess what: This is the so called Libyen "revolution". CIA man Hifter. Paid by CIA for many years now, finally has found his destination. CIA bringing human rights - the joke of the century. CIA man Hifter calling onto CIA to bomb Libya since 5 months, day and night. There is talk about freedom (for people). The only freedom - once CIA has finished Libya - will be freedom for western corporations to exploit Libya to the vastest extent. Nothing will be left for Libyans, except for men like CIA man Hifter. One more "freedom" party - directed and done by CIA, "change" Obama and some imbecile European "leaders". Using the largest Terrorist Organisation of the world - NATO. These crimes must stop, terrorist organsation must cease their actions and be dismantled.

      White Oak - 2011-07-20 12:20

      Some other facts about Gaddafi and Libya - Loans to Libyan citizens are given with NO interest. - Students would get paid the average salary for the profession they are studying for. - If you are unable to get employment the state would pay the full salary as if you were employed until you find employment. - When you get married the couple gets an apartment or house for free from the Government. - You could go to college anywhere in the world. The state pays 2,500 euros plus accommodation and car allowance. - The cars are sold at factory cost. - Libya does not owe money, (not a cent) to anyone.No creditors. - Free education and health care for all citizens. - 25% of the population with a university degree. - No beggars on the streets and nobody is homeless(until the recent bombing) - Bread costs only $0.15 per loaf. Gaddafi would not consent to taking loans from IMF or World Bank at high interest rates. In other words Libya was INDEPENDENT! Thats the real reason for the war in Libya! He may be a dictator, but that's not the US problem. Gaddafi called on all Oil producing countries NOT to accept payment for oil in USD or Euros. He recommended that oil get paid for in GOLD that would've bankrupted just about every Western Country as most do not have gold reserves to match the rate at which they print their useless currencies. Remember when Saddam Husein advised all Opec countries not to accept payment for oil in US Dollars. We know what happened to him. Yes, they HUNG HIM.

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-20 12:45

      The Imperialist are equating honestly held socialist principles with dictatorship. It is about disrupting and destroying a Socialist nation. To further punish Libyan people for maintaining an independent and socialist system that closed off access to imperialists, the West imposed malicious sanctions against Libya, causing serious harm. The counter-revolutions are undoing all of the social and economic gains won through popular struggle and resistance. It is not Gaddafi, Morales or Chavez that the West fears, it is the social responsibility that these people demonstrate that Western capitalism fears.

      Illuminated - 2011-07-20 13:02

      Finally people who actually have brains... people try and think of a period where America (West) wasnt at war over the last 200 years? its big business... how can you not see the connection between Dick Cheney being Vice President and endlessly saying "the terrorists" need to be stopped, and the fact that he is also the CEO of the largest weapons manufacturer n the world? you cant sell weapons if no-one is fighting? its easier to replace infrastrure after is been torn down through war? plus all these soldiers who have been given mandate to kill as many iraqis and afgan people as possible, will never be integrated into normal society... no death squad member is gonna become an accountant... all he knows is how to take life... so they keep them busy with endless wars like WW1, WW2, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq the first time, South America, Iraq the second time, Afganistan, Pakistan, Africa... it will never end

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-20 13:13

      And, in an interesting turn of fate is best symbolised by the revolving door that propels so many U.S. government decision makers into lucrative corporate positions. Remember that war is a racket. Think Lockheed Martin, Blackwater, Bechtel, General Eletrics, Boeing, all major US corporations tied to the war industry. The Pentagon is the biggest corporation in the world.

      daaivark - 2011-07-20 13:22

      You mean the blinkered picture, perhaps?

      daaivark - 2011-07-20 13:24

      Kunta-trite. Are you seriously suggesting that Gaddafi is a model for socialist thinking? Get real!

      daaivark - 2011-07-20 13:24

      Kunta, I agree with your last statement w.r.t. the pentagon as corporate, though.

      Anton - 2011-07-20 14:58

      Only if one had a self interest , would one support a dictator, a tyrant, a war criminal, a thug.... Nobody in his right mind would otherwise do so. The Libya question, certainly on this site, has been hijacked by a bunch of SICK RACISTS AND THE ONES THAT HAVE DISTURBING HATRED FOR WHITES AND THE WEST They have no interest in Gaddafi, or the oil , or some dumb coin or anthing at all to do with Libya THESE, SO CALLED GADDAFI SUPPORTERS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN ENEMIES OF AFRICA. THEY CONTINUOUSLY INSULT THE AFRICAN POPULATION, BY SUGGESTING THEY CAN'T THINK FOR THEMSELVES, AND AS WITH ALL DICTATORSHIPS, NEED TO BE SPOON FED WITH ALL KINDS OF PATHETIC CRAP SUPPORT AFRICA-----SUPPORT FREEDOM

      Illuminated - 2011-07-20 15:33

      @Anton... what are you trying to say... you not the sharpest tool in the shed... this issue has nothing to do with race... chop

      Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-07-20 16:14

      anton Who do want to make believe that bombing a country for 5 month, day and night, could possibly have anything to do with supporting Africa, or even freedom? If you need to see the results of this "support", why not have a look at Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia,... you can even go back as far as Vietnam, Laos, ..,. Ever the same lies, violence and mass killing.

      Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-07-20 16:16

      daaivark Blinkered? The bigger picture is not the whole picture of course. On the other hand, blinkered compared to deaf, blind and brainwashed, might just be necessary procedure at the moment.

      Anton - 2011-07-20 16:36

      illuminated, ,,this issue has nothing to do with race,, I agree with you one thousand percent. Its only got to do ; if you support a dictator or the ones that are seeking freedom, to choose their own leaders. But obviously, before you made this comment, you have not bothered to read any of the other posts. So, let me suggest to you, to do so, before making a silly remark !!!!!!

      Anton - 2011-07-20 20:11

      Illuminated, ,, this issue has nothing to do with race,, Ok, I will make a deal with you. I will sell my business and my house, and I will give every single cent that I get for them I am prepared just to keep the clothes I will be wearing. But, now, you will have to do the following; You must convince "thatracistbrotherfullofhatredofwhitesandwho livesinthemostracistcountryintheworld" that Libya has nothing to do with racism or hatred for whites nor hatred for anything Western You will have more chance that Gaddafi will have sex with the pope!!!!!!!!

      Anton - 2011-07-20 20:46

      Must admit, the above comment by me , is quite silly. But those SICK RACIST UTTERINGS BY "thatslimybastardfromthestates" are soo disturbing. To have differences of opinion is ok, but to have such blatant naked racism and hatred makes me puke!!!!!! I have travelled through 23 countries in Africa, excluding airports, but racism like this, I have NEVER experienced. But than this guy lives in the most racist country in the world. If he lives in a flat, his neighbours on his left and his right, are more than likely racist, the people that live above him and below him, more than likely the same. So why does this guy not concentrate on solving the problems in his own street, than to come and bombard us for four months now with his pathetic BIGOTS, APARTHEID, THROWN INTO THE SEA and countless more crazy crap. Actually, at times I believe this guy is an inpatient in some mental institution, cause going on day in day out, with such unbelieveble bs, IS JUST NOT NORMAL

      slg - 2011-07-27 00:19

      White Oak, that whole list was given out by the Soviet Union and Cuba too. Have you been to Cuba? We all know what happened to the Soviet Union and how far behind the freer world it actually was.

  • ihavequestio - 2011-07-21 09:55

    If the Middle East and Africa are so great then why do their people keep trying to escape to Western countries? The fact is clear, the West has freedom, democracy and the right to self determination while the Middle East, and most of Africa is loaded with self serving dictators that routinely imprison, torture and murder their own people. These are the facts and no amount of anti-West rhetoric is going to change this simple fact. Wake up you blind people and smell the roses!

      Zee - 2011-07-22 11:18

      No one in Libya is trying to "escape" to the west? Where are you getting this from? You are the blind one - the majority of Libyans want him there and sure that's all that should matter if you're in favour of democracy? He has provided a higher standard and living for most Libyans than we could ever hope to see here in SA. Education, Healthcare actually work. But no, you expect us to throw our weight behind rebels supported by the US. For what? What have they done for Libya? If you cannot see that the US plants political pawns in all nations around the world so that when time comes they can exploit those contacts to do what is best for the US and fattening their coffers then you really do need to open your eyes. Hypocrisy runs rife in the west - they can do/say/kill whoever and whatever they want, without fear or even expecation of reprisal. But the minute someone they deem as suspicious does anything of the sort, even on a far smaller scale, then we are expected to go in and bomb the daylights outta them. The U.N., NATO, World Bank, IMF - these are all just collateral entities run by the US under the pretence of being international watchdogs. If you're gonna criticise dictators and warlords, start with the biggest of them all - Bush, Blair, Obama, Netanyahu - and not just the Muslim ones.

      slg - 2011-07-27 00:22

      Zee, how do you know that? The only way to know whether the majority of Libyans want Gadhafi there is for free and fair elections, which Gadhafi has refused to have. He even killed, detained and had raped thousands of people who wanted elections.

      Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-07-27 08:32

      slg. Is it you - Viagra Hillary? You know amnesty finally provided information that all this Viagra talk or Hillary was not true. Must be something out her fantasies?

  • juliusedwa - 2011-07-21 12:44

    ONE DAY AFRICA WILL BE FREE

      slg - 2011-07-25 20:35

      When dictators and tyrants have left power, or have had power wrested form them, that day will be closer.

  • slg - 2011-07-25 20:34

    Thousands of people are dying because he won't give up power, and he is wondering whether people are on his side or not. It's understandable, but tragic. Our Negative Ego can be so destructive. It's going to kill him and his family too.

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