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‘Gaddafi in Libya, planning battle’

September 16, 2011

“The spokesman for Libyan former regime says that the country’s fugitive former ruler Muammar Gaddafi is still in Libya organizing forces to fight a long battle with fighters.

“The leader is in good health, in high morale … of course he is in Libya,” Moussa Ibrahim told Reuters via a satellite telephone line on Wednesday.

“The fight is as far away from the end as the world can imagine. We are still very powerful, our army is still powerful, we have thousands upon thousands of volunteers,” Ibrahim said.

The spokesman added that huge areas of the country, including the south, are still under control of pro-Gaddafi forces.

Loyalists of the former ruler are gathering forces to liberate all cities captured by revolutionary forces even if there is a “street-to-street, house-to-house” fight for the coming years, Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim refused to give information on his whereabouts. However, a revolutionary commander said the spokesman, as well as Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, had been seen in the town of Bani Walid on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, head of Libya’s National Transitional Council Mustafa Abdul Jalil said on Wednesday that Gaddafi is in south of the country planning revenge attacks on cities, oil fields and power plants.

Abdul Jalil appealed for weapons for revolutionary forces fighting to seize Sirt, Bani Walid and Sabha, still under control of pro-Gaddafi forces.”

I expect Gaddafi’s men would stay in the south away from the oil, and at a longer range for the NATO ‘death from above’ to reach. Although maybe NATO don’t really want him dead yet…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2011 22:45

    There were recent reports of extensive batteries of surface to air missiles being looted from the country, taken by al-qaida to who-knows-where. My first thought was, why didn’t he USE them against Allied bombing attacks? Any ideas?

  2. September 17, 2011 20:01

    No idea at all Justin, maybe he was privately being threatened not to use them and backed off. I guess it’s also possible he didn’t want to lose the SAMs trying to fight NATO air supremacy. It may be wise to roll over when NATO is there and wait until they leave or occupy the country, in which case a long insurgency would be the aim I presume. But what do I know, firstly I’m not a military strategist, and secondly I’m not quite as nuts as Gaddafi.

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