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Posted on Aug 21, 2011
AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Libyan rebels rest in the shade in the village of Mayah, roughly 20 miles from Tripoli.

Update 3: Though most of Tripoli is in rebel hands, Moammar Gadhafi’s whereabouts remain unknown. Another of his sons, former footballer Saadi Gadhafi, was reportedly captured. NATO says it will continue its campaign of air support until all pro-Gadhafi forces surrender.

Update 2: As of this posting (Aug. 22, 1 a.m. Pacific time), rebel forces were engaged in fighting around the compound of Moammar Gadhafi, whose loyalists are said to control only a small fraction of Tripoli.

Update: Rebels fought their way into central Tripoli on Sunday, reportedly capturing one of Moammar Gadhafi’s sons. The BBC reports that the embattled leader remains in control of thousands of troops, though his hold on power appears more tenuous every hour.


Libyan rebels met with little resistance as they penetrated the outskirts of Tripoli on Sunday, edging closer to the last stronghold of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. With the help of NATO forces, insurgents captured strategic oil and military sites and seized weapons. Whether their success will continue as they leave Tripoli’s rural fringe and move into its populous urban areas—where NATO may be less likely to assist—is uncertain. —ARK

The New York Times:

Libyan rebels advanced to the outskirts of Tripoli on Sunday, pushing past the city’s outer defense lines and vowing to combine forces with insurgents who have waged intense battles inside the city, the final stronghold of Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Rebel troops approaching from the west raced through Colonel Qaddafi’s “ring of steel” defense that had been positioned outside Tripoli on the road to Zawiyah, a strategic oil city now in rebel hands. Scores of rebels driving pickup trucks mounted with machine guns met little resistance as they reached Janzour, one of the suburbs of the Tripoli, rebel leaders said.

... While rebels expressed hopes that Qaddafi forces were losing their will to fight, support for the government could remain strong inside Tripoli. Analysts said that crucial role played by NATO an aiding the rebel advance in the relatively unpopulated areas outside the capital could prove far less effective in an urban environment, where concerns about civilian casualties could hamper NATO’s ability to target government troops.

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By Russian Paul, August 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment

i think one of the most obvious reasons we went to war in Libya was to kill the
arab spring, which was potentially harmful to US interests in the region, and to to
reshape it in a way that’s beneficial to western interests, so we appear as if we
support democracy when we are in fact expanding our hegemony.

but mainly, wasn’t libya planning to not accept the US dollar anymore for oil and
switch to a gold currency that would devalue the dollar and euro? isn’t that what
this is all about?

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By expat, August 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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behold the naked aggression and invasion and looting of a sovereign nation…

what conclusions to be drawn?

there is absolutely no justice, nato initiated and perpetrated these crimes against humanity (bombing hospitals, water, electric plants, food warehouses,schools, university, etc)  under the guise and cover of a couple ragtag cia operatives (the rebels -  with new flags preprinted in uk).

the int’l tribunal is a sham, only victor’s justice.  The nuremberg principles no longer (ever did?) apply.

the un is but a sham and cover for western imperialism and crimes. No fly zone?

the whole western msm imperialist media (regardless of country -  al jazeera is in on it too, waddoyou expect, quatar, bahrain anyone?) is nothing but a propagandist tool revealed whereby not one word it utter is true,  only lies and manipulations from a to z, not a shred of truth.  The only way to get information is by deconstructing the lies and seeing the overall strategy between the lines.

Here is another certainty:

the forces of history never fail.  For every extreme, there is always similarly extreme blowback.  Sometimes it takes a while but it always occurs.

to all the sheep in us and europe who allowed these crimes to be committed in their names (and israel), someone soon will find a way to vaporize all you vermin.  When it does occur don’t come crying,

you reap what you sow,

an eye for an eye,

live by the sword, die by the sword…

isn’t that what your bible babbles?

as for the Libyan they shall soon know what it feels like to live under zionist us nato un rule just like Iraqis and Afghan and compare with the good ol’ days of Kadhafi when health care, education, jobs, etc…  were free and plentuful.

You’ve been liberated alright…  into hell.

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By blogdog, August 22, 2011 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

seriously, since when have western powers worried about “...the political backlash of being in
bed with a brutal despot”?

to be clear, when it comes to waging war, NATO = Anglo-American Axis - other member
states are usually coerced into waring - in this case, France helped lead the charge, as rightly
pointed out, in support of their extant oil interests

virtually all the issues cited as causes for these ME wars could have been resolved peacefully -
but, Anglo-American leaders won’t make peace - their orders are to make war and fail states -
what the oligarchs demand to advance their hegemonic global agenda

as for the so-called ‘rebels’, many are seasoned fighters from al-CIA-duhs Arab Foreign
Legion - essentially Terror For Hire, when and where it’s needed - unfortunately for the
people of Libya, what will very likely follow is a reign of terror that will far outstrip the much-
hated Colonel’s heinous transgressions

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By Gmonst, August 22, 2011 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

I just want to point out NATO countries were already doing business with Qaddafi.  This was not a war for oil in the sense that Libyan oil wasn’t available on the global market or to NATO member states.  If you want to take a cynical view of the NATO intervention it would be that it was driven by fears that a protracted battle between rebels and Qaddafi could disrupt the supply of Libyan oil thereby driving up energy prices in an already unstable global economic period.

I personally don’t think the popular rebellion was driven by US or NATO interests.  I just don’t see how they would ultimately benefit.  It could be argued that once things became unstable and Qaddafi had committed war crimes he became an unlikely future business partner without political backlash.  So the NATO countries decided to help the budding rebellion so as to assure their continued ability to purchase Libyan oil without the political backlash of being in bed with a brutal despot.

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By blogdog, August 22, 2011 at 8:45 am Link to this comment

RE: “...funny way to view the world…”

nothing funny about any of this - none of the fallen despots of the so-called ‘Arab
Spring’ are ‘nice guys’ - but their crimes are no worse than those that have historically
accompanied global imperialism, whose traditional mission is literally to fail self-
determinant states

justifying NATO’s latest military coup by citing this despot’s crimes - again, one more
‘strong man’ with whom western powers have a long record of collusion - is not at all
‘funny’, rather a ‘suspect’ way of viewing things

notice that in the wake of these so-called ‘color revolutions’ usually follows a military
junta, another series of strong men and surprise, surprise: more favorable business
deals for western global corporations

NATO didn’t do this for Libyans - anyone believing that is not paying attention

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By diamond, August 22, 2011 at 3:26 am Link to this comment

“Libya is now a failed state.”

Why? Because its people now control it, instead of a dictator who came to power via a military coup and who hanged student dissidents in the street. That’s a funny way to view the world.

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By DarthMiffy, August 22, 2011 at 2:08 am Link to this comment

Obama killed Osama and dumped his body to the fishes. I hope Gaddafi (and
perhaps his sons as well) are brought in for a right proper trial and sentencing.

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By blogdog, August 22, 2011 at 1:01 am Link to this comment

Libya is now a failed state - the NATO mission from the outset - the rebellion was
not spontaneous - rather, orchestrated and manipulated by NATO Intelligence -
the top leader Hapster, an exile from the Gaddafi regime, lived for decades in
Virginia, hosted by US taxpayers in a CIA ‘safe house’, waiting for the right
moment to lead a ‘revolt’ in his homeland - his CIA connections were not trusted
by Yunis, whose former position next to Gaddafil was not trusted by Hapster - but
Hapster drew first and Yunis bit the dust - the war-lording nature of this
‘rebellion’ does not bode well - all supporters of this so-called ‘rebellion for
freedom and democracy’ have been duped. You may not have liked Gaddafi, but
you’ll like less what lies ahead.

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By SteveL, August 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

Moammar Gadhafi to become an announcer on Fox news?  Would anyone notice any difference?

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By Robespierre115, August 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment

Coming Soon!

Iraq II: The Second Destruction.

Screenplay By Hillary Clinton, Based On A Story By George W. Bush & Dick Cheney.

Directed By: Barack Obama.

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By ejreed, August 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment

From Al Jazeera and Reuters in Libya
Gaddafi’s Eldest Son Surrenders
Ali Lagha, an opposition fighter in Tripoli, says he’s inside the house of Mohammed Gaddafi, the Libyan leader’s eldest son, who surrendered earlier.
Raw Video: Gaddafi Representative Calls for Ceasefire  
Muammar Gaddafi’s government is ready for immediate negotiations with rebels seeking to oust him

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