The rebellion in Libya appears to be approaching the endgame as rebels have entered the city of Tripoli and are overtaking key areas. It was recently announced that there is a generous bounty for anyone who brings them Moammar Gadhafi, dead or alive.
Rebels overrun Gadhafi strongholds in Tripoli
For months, rebels and pro-government forces have been contesting a bitter struggle in the North African nation of Libya. United Nations forces have been delivering assistance to the rebels. Recently, Libyan rebels entered Tripoli, the Libyan capital, and have been capturing key strongholds of the Gadhafi government, capturing his former residence. Rebel forces, according to The Telegraph, claim they control up to 95 percent of Tripoli. The Gadhafi regime is seen as being on the ropes, though Gadhafi loyalists, according to Reuters, have sufficient strength in numbers to launch a counterinsurgency. A spokesman for the Gadhafi government recently said that up to 6,000 volunteers were willing to fight to re-assert control of the Gadhafi regime, according to The Guardian.
Bounty offered for head of Gadhafi
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, a former minister in the Gadhafi government who defected to the rebel side, said that the makeshift rebel government or “rebel council” would give amnesty to any member of Gadhafi’s inner circle that brought the dictator in, dead or alive, according to Reuters. A reward has also been offered for the capture or slaying of the effectively deposed Libyan dictator, out of the oil-rich town of Benghazi. Two businessmen, according to The Telegraph, have offered 2 million Libyan dinars, roughly 1 million British pounds or $1.6 million U.S. Gadhafi, though, recently released a statement over the national radio vowing to emerge victorious or die trying, according to The Guardian. According to the Los Angeles Times, spokespeople of his government are saying that they can still fight a resistance for “weeks or months.” Gadhafi’s famous compound, Bab al-Aziziya, has been struck by NATO airstrikes and was overrun by rebel forces. The tent that Gadhafi lived in within the compound was set on fire and various monuments to Gadhafi in the compound were smashed.
A dictatorship on the ropes
Uprisings have occurred across the Arab world from North Africa to Syria, in what is being termed the “Arab Spring,” though the Libyan civil war is perhaps the hardest-fought conflict at the moment. Moammar Gadhafi has resolved to be victorious or martyred in the conflict, but there is very little to suggest at this point that he might be able to return to power. It is rumored, according to Al Jazeera, that he might flee to Zimbabwe as Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, has condemned the NATO bombing of Libya. According to The Telegraph, Mahmud Nacua, the charge d’affairs of the Libyan Embassy in London, believes Gadhafi is holed up at a farm belonging to supporters outside of Tripoli.
The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/24/gaddafi-vows-martyrdom-victory-tripoli
The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8720529/Libya-Rebels-put-1m-bounty-on-Gaddafis-head.html
Los Angeles Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2011/08/libya-kadafi-address-to-nation.html
The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/middle-east-live/2011/aug/24/libya-rebels-take-gaddafi-compound-live-updates
Al Jazeera: http://english.aljazeera.net/video/africa/2011/08/201182435517932502.html
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