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August 21, 2011
We are expecting to capture Gaddafi in the next few hours and maybe to catch his high officials. This is the end of the regime and with the fall of Tripoli I think all the other cities will follow and all his supporters will give up.
Libyan ambassador to the UN, Ibrahim Dabbashi  - who has defected from the regime - to the BBC. Hopes are running very high surrounding this push right now.  (via thepoliticalnotebook)
18:13 // 3 years ago
Word on Twitter (via Sultan Al Qassemi) is that Libyan State TV currently looks something like this. Also, Al Arabiya is reporting that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi — Gaddafi’s son — has been arrested.

Word on Twitter (via Sultan Al Qassemi) is that Libyan State TV currently looks something like this. Also, Al Arabiya is reporting that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi — Gaddafi’s son — has been arrested.

17:09 // 3 years ago

The rebels in Libya might have acted too soon. While they are converging on Tripoli now, they aren’t certain as to how much support Gaddafi still has there — and it might end up being really bad for them. They have another disadvantage too. The fighting in Tripoli is urban warfare, which is extremely difficult and grueling for soldiers, who face a much-stronger Gaddafi force. But don’t count them out, here’s what the rebels do have going for them:

  • Unclear uprising While it’s unclear if the population in Tripoli is loyal to Gaddafi or not, the rebels are pretty much relying on the possibility that they aren’t. Gaddafi knows how important it is for them to be loyal, too, so he’s been doing demonstrations and making speeches for weeks to keep them on his side.
  • Gaddafi’s departure? It’s likely that Gaddafi isn’t in Tripoli anymore — he’s not making the extravagant television appearances or showing up in public. It’s unclear where he is. If he leaves Libya altogether, (similar to Saddam Hussein, when he disappeared from power in Iraq and was later found near Tikrit), that would turn the tide.
  • Rebel reserves The rebels are coming in from a few different places (check the video if you haven’t yet) so they will be better off soon. the problem with this lies with the fact that the reinforcements might not get to Tripoli in time, especially depending on the resistance they encounter on the way to Tripoli. source

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14:18 // 3 years ago
0:09 // 3 years ago
August 20, 2011
They will say this message is recorded … It’s Sunday, the 21st of August. Time is 1:37 Libya time.
Muammar Gaddafi • Speaking on Libyan state television about an hour ago, and trying to confirm that he in fact was speaking live, right there, right then. He called the rebels “rats,” and expressed disbelief that the country had deteriorated to this point. ”You need to Love Libya,” he said. “How can you allow those people to play with Libya? Instead of being happy we’re sad.” 
20:47 // 3 years ago

thepoliticalnotebook:

Reports on Twitter regarding Libya are moving very quickly. The front in Zawiya is moving to Tripoli as the fighters plan for an early morning offensive. There are reports, confirmed by Richard Engel of NBC, that there is fighting in the city itself.

Follow the Al Jazeera live blog, which is beginning to update more attentively.

18:58 // 3 years ago
CNN’s Ben Wedeman on the situation in Tripoli. Richard Engel said he recently spoke to rebels who claim that they’re not sure if Gaddafi has left. Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that Tripoli residents received a text message telling them to ”go out in the squares and streets to eliminate the armed agents.” (follow our ongoing coverage of Libya)

CNN’s Ben Wedeman on the situation in Tripoli. Richard Engel said he recently spoke to rebels who claim that they’re not sure if Gaddafi has left. Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that Tripoli residents received a text message telling them to ”go out in the squares and streets to eliminate the armed agents.” (follow our ongoing coverage of Libya)

17:06 // 3 years ago

The Tripoli Post, a Libyan newspaper, is now reporting Gaddafi's departure, but we're not sure how trustworthy they are. Trying to read up on them. So … still … grain of salt. 

Reports from Tripoli say Muammar Gaddafi and two of his sons Hannibal and Mua’atsam have left Libya escaping the advance of the rebels on Tripoli tonight.

The rebels have moved in on Tripoli from the west coming from Zawiya 40 kilometers away.

Eyewitnesses from within Tripoli are saying that parts of Tripoli have already fallen in the hands of the rebels who are taking controls of strategic facilities.

Gaddafi’s prime minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi have also escaped and abandoned his position. The whereabouts of Mahmoudi are not known as yet.

The rebels have announced that operation “Dawn of the Sea Pride” has begun tonight, the operation of of liberating the Libyan capital Tripoli.

16:49 // 3 years ago
16:30 // 3 years ago
August 19, 2011
Lots going on tonight in Libya: Word is that the rebels are attempting to storm Tripoli and end this whole Gaddafi mess once and for all. A lot’s happening really quickly, though, so we’re trying to figure out what to make of all of it. In recent days, rebels have taken other cities and gotten closer to a possible endgame in the country. We’ll be watching tonight, all.

Lots going on tonight in Libya: Word is that the rebels are attempting to storm Tripoli and end this whole Gaddafi mess once and for all. A lot’s happening really quickly, though, so we’re trying to figure out what to make of all of it. In recent days, rebels have taken other cities and gotten closer to a possible endgame in the country. We’ll be watching tonight, all.

20:51 // 3 years ago