Moammar Gadhafi And Libya
September 5, 2011 by staff
Moammar Gadhafi And Libya, Fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has disappeared from sight, and fined it has become an urgent priority for the Transitional National Council of Libya (NTC). It is said that help from its Western allies. Both the transitional authorities and the U.S. have said they have no reason to believe has left Libya, but their exact whereabouts remains a mystery.
Gaddafi might have taken refuge in a compound or a farm set up as a bolthole of the kind of scenario that is now. Or it could have sought a more anonymous environment of an urban area where you can still have loyal fans.
Such anonymity can still be found in the capital, where Gadhafi has chosen the tactic of hiding from view.
The symbolic center of the Gaddafi regime, the Bab al-Aziziya compound, was invaded on Aug. 22. But even after this, pockets of resistance remained the rebel advance.
In an audio message on 31 August, the most prominent child-Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, said he was speaking on the outskirts of the capital, and that he had gone for a walk early in the day. He said his father was fine, but gave no indication of his whereabouts.
However, now that the NTC essentially controls the capital, hiding there would be a risky strategy and could be difficult for him to escape.
Sirte is the birthplace of Gaddafi. Still controlled by supporters of Gaddafi, who has been regularly cited as a refuge could Gadhafi – though it seems transitional authorities moving away from this theory.
Sirte is home to members of the tribe and another tribe Qadhadfa Gaddafi local, the Magariha in an audio message on September 1, Gaddafi said that the tribes were armed and “there is no way they will submit.”
Sirte Gaddafi developed from a dark place in a second capital, the maintenance of an important compound there. The city is home to an important military garrison and has a nearby air base. Last week, NATO targeted a “big bunker” in Sirte.
But the city also may be considered too obvious a hiding place, because of its symbolic importance. And now it is surrounded, the only realistic way of escape was the sea, where warships from NATO are deployed.
Bani Walid is a city of about 50,000 inhabitants, 150 kilometers (95 miles) southeast of Tripoli. Gaddafi has a reputation for having a lot of support, although the city is mixed in its composition. It is a stronghold of the tribe Warfalla. In his defiant message audio, September 1, the fugitive leader referred to her as “an armed fortress.”
The NTC may have made inroads in parts of Bani Walid – a rebel commander told Agence France-Presse that 80% of people had turned against Gaddafi – but the services could be extended south, as well as a way of escape through the desert.
Abdel Majid Mlegta, coordinator of the military operations room in Tripoli, was quoted by Reuters news agency said he had been informed by a reliable source that Gaddafi had fled with his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah Sa**ssi Bani Walid last week. Qaddafi had been trying to organize a comeback Bani Walid, the commander said, adding: “. We talked to the elders of Bani Walid to arrest and hand they have not responded.”
Sabha is a desert town hundreds of miles south of Tripoli, with tens of thousands. They include many members of the tribe of Colonel Gaddafi Qadhadfa.
There have been some fighting around Sabha, but the people are said to remain in control of the supporters of Gaddafi.
However, the depth of their loyalty is not known. In the past, Gaddafi had a number of people executed Sabha, including members of the Qadhadfa and some of his own cousins. Reportedly, a large anti-Gaddafi demonstration in a few weeks ago Sabha, which is said to have been put down mercilessly.
Although not as large as Bani Walid, Sabha is significantly further south and therefore can offer better chance of escaping.
There has previously been speculation that Gaddafi might seek asylum in another African country, to Chad, Sudan, Zimbabwe and South Africa, all mentioned as possible candidates. But it would be difficult to escape undetected Gaddafi in the air. Chad, which borders Libya to the south, has recognized the NTC.
Algeria has slowed since the recognition of the NTC, and is not party to the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which seeks the arrest of Colonel Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and Abdullah Sa**ssi. However, Foreign Minister of Algeria, has said his country would not take the fugitive leader, and a report in the Algerian newspaper El-Chorouk said President Bouteflika had told his cabinet that Gaddafi to hand Algeria ICC, if trying to flee westward.
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