TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new masters meet their Western backers in Turkey on Thursday to secure funds and make plans for a future without Muammar Gaddafi after they announced a million dollar bounty for his capture.
Two days after rebel forces overran his Tripoli headquarters and trashed symbols of his 42-year rule, scattered pockets of loyalist diehards kept the opposition fighters at bay as they hunted Gaddafi and his sons. Rebels also reported fighting deep in the desert and a standoff around Gaddafi’s tribal home town.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A white van pulls up to a rebel checkpoint in Tripoli and a man emerges, handing out sniper rifles and ammunition looted from Muammar Gaddafi’s compound across the street.
“Take these, take these,” the fighter tells the men at the checkpoint. “All this is for you,” he says before the van speeds away to the next checkpoint a few blocks away.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – After the euphoria of capturing Muammar Gaddafi’s compound, Libyans came round to the realization on Wednesday that the battle for Tripoli had still to be fought to the end.
Though rebel fighters broke into the Bab al-Aziziya compound from where Gaddafi taunted Western powers at the onset of the NATO bombing campaign in March, the leader was not to be found and his remaining loyal troops refused to simply give up.
TRIPOLI, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Libya’s new masters offered a
million-dollar bounty for the fugitive Muammar Gaddafi on
Wednesday, after he urged his men to carry on a battle that kept
the capital in a state of fear.
A day after rebel forces overran his Tripoli headquarters
and trashed the symbols of his 42-year dictatorship, rocket and
machinegun fire from pockets of loyalists kept the irregular
fighters at bay as they tried to hunt out Gaddafi and his sons.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A beleaguered Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Wednesday to fight on to death or victory after jubilant rebels forced him to abandon his Tripoli stronghold in an apparently decisive blow against the Libyan leader’s 42-year rule.
Rebels ransacked Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya bastion, seizing arms and smashing symbols of a ruler whose fall will transform Libya and rattle other Arab autocrats facing popular uprisings.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A son of Muammar Gaddafi who rebels said they had captured appeared with cheering supporters in Tripoli, giving a boost to forces loyal to the veteran leader trying to fight off insurgents who say they control most of the capital.
Saif al-Islam, who has been seen as his father’s heir apparent, visited the Tripoli hotel where foreign journalists are staying to declare that the government was winning the battle against the rebels.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Remnants of forces still loyal to Muammar Gaddafi staged a desperate stand in Tripoli on Tuesday as rebels fought their way into the capital, but the whereabouts of the veteran leader was a mystery.
World leaders urged Gaddafi, 69, to surrender to prevent more bloodshed and appealed for an orderly transition of power, as the six-month-old battle for control of the oil-producing North African nation appeared to enter its final stages.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – All hell breaks loose when Gaddafi forces open fire, apparently with anti-aircraft guns, on a compound in Tripoli where rebel commanders are discussing how to secure the city.
The rebels scatter, some taking cover and others shooting back, and their mood turns in an instant from confidence to apprehension.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Exuberant Libyan rebels tore up anything bearing Muammar Gaddafi’s image in Tripoli on Monday and their commanders scrambled to focus them on the task at hand — advancing methodically through sniper-infested streets into the city center.
At the state oil shipping firm in Tripoli’s Gargaresh district, no one but the doorman seated behind the reception desk showed up for work. And rebel fighters were tramping in and defacing anything they could find with Gaddafi’s face on it.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan government tanks and snipers put up scattered, last-ditch resistance in Tripoli on Monday after rebels swept into the heart of the capital, cheered on by crowds hailing the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s 42 years in power.
The 69-year-old leader, urging civilians to take up arms against rebel “rats,” said in an audio broadcast that he was in the city and would be “with you until the end.” But there was little sign of popular opposition to the rebel offensive, two of Gaddafi’s sons were seized and it was unclear where he was.