This Moammar character ain’t going down easy:
A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed Wednesday to fight on “until victory or martyrdom” and called on residents of the Libyan capital and loyal tribesmen across his North African nation to free Tripoli from the “devils and traitors” who have overrun it. The broadcast came a day after hundreds of Libyan rebels stormed Gadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya fortress-like compound in the capital but found no sign of the longtime leader. On Monday, the rebels entered Tripoli, a metropolis of some 2 million people on the Mediterranean coast, pouring into the city in their thousands in a stunning breakthrough. They claim to control 80 percent of Tripoli.
As night fell on Tuesday, heavy fighting was reported in a southern desert city, Sabha, that rebels forecast would be Gadhafi loyalists’ last redoubt.
Forces loyal to Gadhafi were shelling the towns of Zuara and Ajelat, west of Tripoli, and had gained control of parts of the town, al-Arabiya television reported.
In an address given from an unknown location and broadcast on the local Al-Ouroba TV, Gadhafi asked: “Why are you letting them wreak havoc?” Sounding subdued and without his usually fiery rhetoric, Gadhafi said he would fight “the aggression with all strength until either victory or death.” The pro-Gadhafi TV channel earlier quoted the Libyan leader as saying he had left the Bab al-Aziziya compound in a “tactical move” after 64 NATO airstrikes reduced it to rubble.
“I have been out a bit in Tripoli discreetly, without being seen by people, and … I did not feel that Tripoli was in danger,” he said in audio remarks broadcast on al-Rai TV.
Tuesday’s ransacking of Bab al-Aziziya, long the nexus of Gadhafi’s power, marked the effective collapse of his 42-year-old regime. But with Gadhafi and his powerful sons still unaccounted for — and gunbattles flaring across the nervous city — the fighters cannot declare victory. Gadhafi’s chief government spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, also managed to get word out in a phone interview with the same station, promising “we will be back to take Tripoli back.”
How long do you think it will take the Libyan rebels to murk good ole Gadhafi???