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Gadhafi Loyalists Niger

September 6, 2011 by staff 

Gadhafi Loyalists NigerGadhafi Loyalists Niger, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi remained defiant Tuesday, vowing to fight his way back. Gaddafi is “excellent health, planning and organizing to defend Libya,” said Ibrahim of the Syrian television station al-Rai.

“We are fighting and resisting for the sake of Libya and all Arabs,” added Ibrahim. “We are strong and capable of turning the tables on NATO.”

But the news that a large convoy of soldiers from Gaddafi has fled across the desert from Libya in the neighboring Republic of Niger has questioned such claims.

Niger provided a military escort for the convoy of 200 to 250 vehicles, French military sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

If the embattled leader will join the convoy route in Burkina Faso, which has offered him asylum, is still unknown. Son of Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, may also join the caravan, which could travel across the desert border without the cooperation of NATO forces.

NATO planes have been monitoring the vast desert regions of Libya, making it virtually impossible for a convoy of that size to travel safely and without any agreement has been made.

Last week, Gaddafi’s wife, daughter and two sons fled to neighboring Algeria.

Meanwhile, rebel forces have surrounded Bani Walid, approximately 90 kilometers south of Tripoli. Pro-government fighters have taken up defensive positions in the city, one of the remaining strongholds Gaddafi.

Al Jazeera television reported earlier that the rebel forces reached an agreement to enter into Bani Walid Tuesday afternoon without a fight. According to the report, the agreement must be completed before noon.

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