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Libya, the end

Libya, the end

Based on news reports and live coverage from SkyNews and others, it appears that Tripoli is about to fall to rebel forces.

Whether it is hours or a day or two, it seems on the cusp.

Updates:  Things seem to be moving fast.  Israel Matzav has video of celebrations in Tripoli, and there are various news reports that Qaddafi has fled to Algeria and one of his sons has been captured.

But, be cautious of reports, a Fox News correspondent in Libya reports that Qaddafi just went on television and is calling on tribes to march on Tripoli.

Al-Jazeera’s live television feed from Libya is here.

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Given that saving the lives of innocent civilians was the pretext for the U.S. and NATO intervention in Libya, does this means that they’re now available to take on Bashar Al-Assad in Syria?

FLASH: Al Jazeera says brigade in charge of Gaddafi’s security surrenders and lays down arms

http://twitter.com/#!/Reuters/statuses/105379140550668289

“Libyan rebels have told Sky News that Saif Al-Islam, Colonel Gaddafi’s son, has been captured as the end of the regmine appears to draw ever closer.”

“Sky’s special correspondent Alex Crawford reports from a rebel truck in Tripoli”

evanchill Waheed Burshan, an NTC official in western mountains, tells AJE Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been captured. #Libya retweet ·

“Sky’s special correspondent Alex Crawford, accompanying the rebels, said as opposition fighters entered the city, their cars gridlocked the roads and hundreds of people came out onto the streets to greet them.

The rebels responded with celebratory gunfire, she said.
“These scenes are amazing – there are hundreds of people who have come out onto the streets to greet this convoy of rebel soldiers. “You can hear them singing and dancing, it is an amazing scene.

“We are now just a very short distance from the centre, with more and more people are coming onto the streets.

A man kisses the ground as rebels advance

“They (the rebels) had been expecting much more resistance but there has been very little.”

“There is absolutely no question in their minds that they have beaten Gaddafi and it is just a question of how he will go,” she added.”

SkyNews

And we still don’t know who the rebels are or what they intend to implement. http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/08/21/163349.html

Al Jazeera reports both port and air base taken by rebels which prevents any escape there

Wild celebrations in Benghazi.

Al Jazeera has video of many car loads of rebels driving in the streets of Tripoli.

Questions that need answers:

Who is their leader?
Where is he from?
Where did he go to school?
What did he study and what grades did he get?

No, not the rebels, the Democrats.

Donald Douglas | August 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Fox News is also reporting that Gaddafi has fled to Algeria. And you gotta check this bizarre video of the Libyan anchorwoman waving a gun on live TV, saying “we’ll die in here” … ‘Libyan Rebels March on Tripoli: Reports of Gaddafi’s Son Captured; UPDATE!! Muammar Gaddafi Flees to Algeria!’

[…] Quaddafi’s days or hours are numbered and the rumors are he has fled Libya for Algeria. Tripoli will soon be a Quaddafi free zone. […]

AJELive Reports coming in that two South African planes have been spotted at Tripoli airport |

BannedbytheGuardian | August 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

About a decade ago I read a forecast (not a prophecy ) that the big battle between Islam & Christianity would be fought in Africa.

Ghaddafi was a believer & facilitator of Pan Africanism. Indeed hundreds of thousands of African worked & set up businesses there. Locals have the reputation of being spoilt -enjoying significant state welfare eg free housing free this free that. This was evident in a number of African construction workers seen being murdered on youtube at the onset.

In Libya Arab now rules. There will be no return of Africans.

South Africa has lost its moral authority. They gave into to the Muslims.

Cowboy Curtis | August 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

There are only two countries in the Middle East where the leadership is so irredeemably dangerous and out of control that it is worth our taking the risk- the gamble- of whoever would take over, sight unseen. Libya is not one of them.

Does this mean that the recession is over…?

President Obama prefaces his comments on July jobs numbers by noting that 2011 has been “tumultuous year” thus far. Obama mentioned the Arab Springs across the middle east…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5C5jm5l6OE

Libyan rebels have taken control of the capital Tripoli’s Green Square, as opposition forces claim Colonel Gaddafi’s regime has ended.

“Sky’s special correspondent Alex Crawford, who was with rebels as they entered Green Square, said: “Guns are being fired in celebration.

“They are wanting to show how relieved they are. They’re tearing down all the Gaddafi posters and pulling down all the green national flags.”

Major celebrations are also taking place in the centre of Libya’s second city, Benghazi.

Libya’s Charge D’affairs Mahmoud Nacua told Sky News: “It is a great night.
“It is a great victory for our brave fighters. The Gaddafi era has ended. Now we are starting a new era. It will be very different from the 42 years under Gaddafi.”

It comes after the International Criminal Court confirmed to Sky News that Saif Al-Islam, Colonel Gaddafi’s son, has been detained.” Sky News

Arab Spring.

re-birth of the islamic nations…..

Welcome back to the Gates of Vienna

Libya: Col Gaddafi could flee to Venezuela or Cuba
Colonel Gaddafi could flee to a country not signed up to the International Criminal Court, South African sources say.
By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg, 22 Aug 2011

“The Brother Leader is alive and remains in Libya, one senior government source said. But he added that plans are on the table to spirit him out of the country to allow breathing space for a peace process led by the National Transitional Council which has now claimed control of most of the capital Tripoli.

Despite official denials, South Africa will play a key role in negotiations about Gaddafi’s fate. It is not only one of most influential countries in the African Union, but its President Jacob Zuma was appointed the AU’s chief mediator in the crisis and has visited Col Gaddafi twice since hostilities began in February.

A South African air force plane remains on standby in Tunisia and, the source said, the South Africans are ready to seek safe passage for Gaddafi with the help of neighbouring countries Tunisia or Algeria if he decided to leave.

“We are not going to walk away from this,” the source told The Daily Telegraph. “It’s larger than the question of Gaddafi the person. It’s a question of the unity of the Libyans and the maximum chance being created for that process to happen.”

Mate Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa’s foreign minister, has rejected reports that South Africa itself might be a venue for Gaddafi in exile.

Among the countries that are said to have expressed a willingness to receive Gaddafi are Venezuela, Cuba and Russia, another government source claimed.

“Pretoria is playing a very delicate and useful role to ensure he leaves the country through a safe passage, avoid a bloodbath for Tripoli, and end up in a safe haven such as Russia, Venezuela or Cuba,” he said.

A third source said that Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela was looking the most likely destination if Gaddafi were able to, and chose to, flee Libya. Hugo Chavez has condemned Nato operations in Libya as an attempt to seize control of the country’s vast oilfields.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8716171/Libya-Col-Gaddafi-could-flee-to-Venezuela-or-Cuba.html

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