Monday, August 22, 2011

Clashes near Gadhafi compound in Tripoli

Heavy clashes broke out near Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli on Monday, but the longtime Libyan leader's whereabouts were not known.

"The real moment of victory is when Gadhafi is captured," said rebel National Transitional Council chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil, who was once the Libyan leader's justice minister before defecting.

Jalil said during a press confence in the eastern city of Benghazi that he hoped Gadhafi, who has ruled Libya for 42 years, would be taken alive, and that he would be given a fair trial if he was.

Rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdel-Rahman said that tanks emerged from Gadhafi's complex, known as Bab al-Aziziya, early Monday and began firing.

An Associated Press reporter at the nearby Rixos Hotel where foreign journalists are staying could hear gunfire and loud explosions. No further details were immediately available on the fighting. more

Out of curiosity, where's all the film footage of these "battles" going on in Tripoli? Or is it like the rest of the Libyan war, where we get play by play descriptions from bored journalists, shady telephone call ins and "rebels" with British accents?