Victory is near, Gaddafi son claims

2011-09-01 07:53

Cairo - Two of the sons of the fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have given very different statements to the press on their readiness to surrender, as the rebel forces appeared to have almost defeated loyalists.

Al-Saadi Gaddafi reportedly called for an end to the bloodshed, and was prepared to consider surrender in return for a guarantee of safety, in an interview with the broadcaster Al Jazeera late Wednesday.

But his brother Saif al-Islam was quoted by CNN the same evening as calling on the remaining government troops to "attack the enemy wherever they are," claiming that "victory is near."

Both men said they were authorised to speak in the name of their father Muammar Gaddafi, whose whereabouts were unconfirmed, although al-Islam claimed he was well and living in a suburb of the capital.

The rebels have given the remaining pockets of resistance loyal to the regime until Saturday to surrender.

International leaders were to meet Thursday in Paris to discuss the Libyan situation.

  • slg - 2011-09-01 07:58

    Saif also said he'd fight to the death. This is where he's heading then, and his statements are consistent with this outcome that he wants.

  • JustinD - 2011-09-01 08:12

    He sounds delusional like chemical ali, i hope he suffers the same fate.

      Fakmore - 2011-09-01 10:35

      Lybia is now free...who wants to join me there for Christmas holidays?

      slg - 2011-09-02 05:48

      Fakmore, Muslims will be able to enjoy Ramadan too. That's one of the beauty of democracies: there's freedom of religion. They're not perfect though, by any means.

  • ShakaN - 2011-09-01 08:24

    All these arab tyrants scream this and are then found to be hiding in a hole. They are such a bunch of losers, and ego maniacs that they simply cannot accept the fact that they and their ideals are full of SH1T. Another reeat of Saddam being executed is on the way.

  • Kleinjan - 2011-09-01 08:25

    Well, right or wrong, I respect his courage.

      simon - 2011-09-01 08:36

      Courage or childish bravado ?

      JustinD - 2011-09-01 08:39

      Yes what a hero, raping, murdering and pillaging Libya down to nothing.....

      Mzungu - 2011-09-02 07:50

      Courage? Are you mad? Thats plain, classical delusion, from years of thinking they are all-powerful

  • Dan - 2011-09-01 08:37

    "victory is near." These bloody dictators are always crazy or smoking pot all day. They have been beaten hands down, chased all over Libya and now still saying "victory is near." I really hope we will hear these words from our neighbour Bob Mugabe one day very soon as well. He is an even worse dictator and the world doesn't need these scum governments anymore.

      DON VITO - 2011-09-01 09:00

      thats true Dan,gadaffi is going down

  • bill - 2011-09-01 09:03

    death is near - reality

  • Anton - 2011-09-01 09:26

    One cannot blame Seif for being confused and to have lost any sense of reality. On the one hand you got 60 nations getting together in Paris today , to discuss a future for Libya, without the gaddafies. But than we also got the AU, who is living in fantasy land, and STILL TODAY, believes there should be an African solution, and have negotiations between the various parties, which should result in a Libya , where the gaddafies will still be part of the leadership. The AU has always had little credibility outside Africa, but after their disastrous (non) interference in the Ivory Coast post election drama, and now with Libya, it surely has no further relevance in world politics. Maybe, better to change their name again , and start from scratch!!!!!

      DW - 2011-09-01 09:51

      AU is a toothless wonder, which is all good. No-one takes them seriously anyway (sorry Mbeki, but it is true). The only gripe I have with them is how much of our tax money goes to fund this stupid little "dis"organisation.

      John - 2011-09-01 11:28

      The only reason that the AU wont recognise the change in Libya, no more handouts from Gadaffi. e.g. Uncle Bob kicking out the Libyan ambassador to Zimland supporting the new look Libya.

  • Nick - 2011-09-01 10:04

    He's been taking propoganda lessons from ole Baghdad Bob.

  • Sisie - 2011-09-01 10:43

    Must be all the petrol fumes these guys are inhaling - can't be good for you, makes you hallucinate.

  • BoerBitch - 2011-09-01 13:36

    you mindless pricks greed this is about Capitalist Greed, the americans need more oil, and you are foolish enuff to follow the media wich is controlled by the same corparations who have oil and gas concerns . this waS NEVER about liberation and the demise of tyranny , it happened to Iraq, and now an African State is next on the chopping Block

      LolPlonk - 2011-09-01 14:27

      Am i the only one whos getting tired of hearing this story? So, the Arab Spring is a plot by "Capitalists" who want their countries oil?? Funny, I dont see other Arab countries who have overthrown their repressive regimes handing out their oil to "Capitalists". What you are in fact saying is that the Libiyan people were happy to live under Gaddafi"s dictatorship, never wanted their freedom and are not the same people celebrating in the streets? mmmmm, a little short sighted i must say.

      slg - 2011-09-02 03:51

      You're not the only one, Plonk. It's such a lazy and uninformed conclusion to draw. Boer, is the Arab League after Libya's oil too?

  • letsee - 2011-09-01 16:20

    We know but not for you spoilet child

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