Show of defiance: Gadhafi talked tough on TV on Wednesday.
Although Col. Moammar Gadhafi announced on national television Wednesday that he will “fight until the last man and woman,” the outcome of fighting in the town of Brega between troops still going to battle for the Libyan leader and rebels showed that what hold he has on power may be slipping further—and that his loyalists may not be all that loyal. —KA
Our correspondent has been to Brega’s seashore and university, where the heaviest fighting took place, and they appear entirely clear of pro-Gaddafi troops.
He says a senior rebel officer had suggested the Gaddafi troops might have run out of ammunition and been forced to withdraw.
The excited rebels appeared very proud of what they had achieved, our correspondent says, and the feeling in the town is that Col Gaddafi’s men do not necessarily have their hearts in the job.