Gaddafi opponents say he is still a threat

2011-08-29 12:26

Doha - Muammar Gaddafi, who has not been seen since rebels took over the Libyan capital of Tripoli a week ago, is still a threat to the country and the world, the chairperson of the National Transitional Council (NTC) said on Monday.

Speaking at a meeting in Doha, Qatar, of defence ministers from countries supporting the insurgency against Gaddafi's rule, NTC chairperson Mustafa Abdel Jalil called on Nato to keep supporting the movement

"I call for continued protection from Nato and its allies from this tyrant," Abdel Jalil said. "He is still a threat, not just for Libyans but for the entire world."

The NTC, which is hunting Libya's deposed leader and pushing to take over his hometown of Sirte east of Tripoli, said on Saturday it had no firm information on his whereabouts. It has offered a $1.3m reward and amnesty from prosecution for anyone who kills or captures Gaddafi.

As the rebels consolidate their grip on the vast North African country, Abdel Jalil has been in Europe, Benghazi and Doha to push for ongoing support for the campaign and discuss the shape of a post-Gaddafi Libya.

NATO, whose bombing campaign was a key element in the rebels' success, said at the same meeting in Doha that it would continue its mission.

"We believe the Gaddafi regime is near collapse, and we're committed to seeing the operation through to its conclusion," said U.S. Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of Nato's Joint Operations Command.

"Pockets of pro-Gaddafi forces are being reduced day by day. The regime no longer has the capacity to mount a decisive operation," Locklear told a news conference.

Locklear added that Nato had a mandate through Sept. 27 to keep up the operation, which has consisted mainly of targeted bombing to support the rebels. More than 5 000 military targets have been destroyed, NATO said.

For an extension of the mandate, Nato members would have to hold another council, Locklear said.

  • chaminuka - 2011-08-29 12:47

    Gaddafi is probably hiding in Chinhoyi caves....

      Macho Mike - 2011-08-29 13:09

      I heard that Gadaffi is with Malema, Cele and Floyd, planning on the ANCYL overthrowing Zuma and the ANC. Bob could not join them, as he has gone on a shopping spree in China, and that the AU have decided not to vote on the issue, or any other issue, as they have not issued to statement on this issue.

  • swoan - 2011-08-29 12:49

    I met him in Sandton!

      Nepster10 - 2011-08-29 12:52

      Where exactly, at Malema's mansion?

      kgaogelodp - 2011-08-29 12:56


  • Nepster10 - 2011-08-29 12:54

    Of course, because he is gonna come and try to "liberate Libya" from the rebels who liberated Libya.

      slg - 2011-08-29 18:10

      There's little chance of that happening. His reign of terror is over.

  • Versace - 2011-08-29 12:57

    Wow "offered a $1.3 million reward and amnesty from prosecution for anyone who kills or captures Gaddafi" Really now?, People please tell me you see what's going on here.

  • Majozi - 2011-08-29 13:36

    @Grando .Thumbs up for my comment recieved comes from guyz and gals who shares the same views as mine,in case your IQ is still stagnant from when you were at sub B.

  • luthando vikilahle - 2011-08-29 13:40

    nato and the entire U.N forces need to back off african territories, as for the NTC they are opportunitist who are going to be used by the imperialist to bring back colonialism in africa. their actions speak for themselves. why kill gaddaffi if they truely want to see peace and regime change in libya why are they not up for negotiation and peaceful elections. they are scared that the people of libya still want gaddaffi in the helm of that country therefore they know he would revenge their action this U.N thing is not what it should be the upholders and enforcers of peace with protection of human rights.

      Tolerant - 2011-08-29 13:57

      Gaddafi has said no to elections in 42 years, he won't change now.

      Anton - 2011-08-29 13:58

      luthando vikilahle, Firstly, don't believe these pro gaddafi radicals, they just want to shove their extreme views down our throaths. Nato is involved in libya, on the request of LIBYANS!! This was after gaddafi threatened to KILL ALL his opposition. And peaceful elections with gaddafi....... For many 6 months too late, and for others......42 years too late!! gaddafi is a dangerous person, psychopaths always are. And psychopaths with billions of US dollars , of stolen money, at their disposal,are EXTREMELY DANGEROUS !!!!

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-08-29 14:00

      @luthando, what peaceful elections. The reason Gadaffi was killing his own people was to stop any form of democratic protest against his Rule. The AU is funded by Gadaffi to the tune of 15% of their total budget and the African Despots, JZ included, are given money by him to uphold their tyrinical regimes. Mugabe has been bankrolled by the Brother Leader, that is why the AU want to keep him in power. There is no way that the AU Road map for a transitional government can work, take a look at Zimbabwe and Kenya to see how it does not work. If the AU had been left to sort out the Ivory Coast, the tyrant that lost the election would still be the president of the country. So the want and wishes of the AU are irrelevant.

      John Burnstein - 2011-08-29 14:53

      Anton, who do you work for??? You sound like one of those lobby groups in the states trying to brainwash the masses!!!

      DW - 2011-08-29 15:29

      Peg-Leg - a transitional government (of national unity) worked in SA. Just saying.

      Anton - 2011-08-29 16:15

      John Burnstein No John, not at all. When this conflict started, I intended just to post only comment, to support this opposition, and to denounce this gaddafi. In total disbelieve, I found others on this site worshiping this guy. That is insane !! This gaddafi is a DICTATOR/TYRANT/THIEF/MURDERER How can ANYBODY with a clear mind support a thug like this. To me , there are only two possibilities; One, is that these so called pro gaddafi supporters, abuse this site, to propagate their radical anti Western views. Secondly, that they have a mind bogging facination for a tyrant.

      slg - 2011-08-29 18:11

      Who do YOU work for, John Burnstein, who doesn't know how to spell Jewish names. :)

      slg - 2011-08-29 18:13

      Luthando, the way you're thinking, you are one of the reasons why massacres and genocide happen in African on a regular basis, and happened in Libya for 42 years while Gadhafi denied Libyans the basic human right to vote.

  • Louwhan H - 2011-08-29 13:55

    Many of you probably blast me for this comment but the guy was no Mugabe. He had a pretty well run country up there and could be a bit of a thorn in the EmpireĀ“s side but the manner and mannupilation was in most cases pretty lame. I challenge all of you to actually look at alternative nes channels. Ron Paul, front runner and libertariann could be an easy way to find out more about the whole war which will now kill 10%+ of the Lybian people.

      Tolerant - 2011-08-29 15:26

      True, but why do you have to kill so many people that are against you? +- 50 000 people was jailed, only 10 000 came out alive.

      slg - 2011-08-29 18:15

      You're way off. You'll see what this guy and his sons did to the Libyan people. Libya is far wealthier than Zimbabwe. It has $160 billion in cash reserves. Some of it trickled down to the Libyan people, enough to present that face. Gadhafi pocketed billions for himself and his family. Ron Paul won't get in. He won't even get the Republican nomination.

      Louwhan H - 2011-08-29 23:29

      @ Tolerant and sig. History belongs to the one writing the history books. I never stated that Gadaffi was a great man, He could possibly be for 80% of the people living in Lybia. 50.000 over 42 years is not bad if you think of what te American killing machine has done the past half century. Think Eatern Asia, Middle East, Africa...

      Louwhan H - 2011-08-29 23:30

      By the way SIG, I pray to GOd you are wrong about RP. There is only one person in the whole congress that can make the world a better place and he is not controlled by the corporations.

  • kevin tsehisi - 2011-08-29 14:07

    The day for Americans and so called Nato is coming,They have killed lots Libyans and Africans are watching time will come.

  • Versace - 2011-08-29 14:24

    People please, this is a clear case of people doing everything they can to get rid of Gaddafi in oreder to take over the country for it's resource nothing more nothing less. Open your eyes and brains please!!!!

      Tolerant - 2011-08-29 15:28

      Only 2% oil in the world is not worth it, then Nato would have gone for Nigeria or the rich oil sheiks.

      slg - 2011-08-29 20:45

      Regrettably it's your eyes and brain that are switched off on this. Wake up! How many more Libyans do you want to be tortured and killed by these Gadhafi's? How many more billions of dollars do you want them to steal from the Libyan people? A pretty well run country? You've got to be kidding. Hitler also had "a pretty well run country". Wake up!

      slg - 2011-08-29 20:46

      The last sentence was meant for Louwhan.

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