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Monday, May 9, 2011

Misrata battle: 'Oh God, it's like a horror movie' -- Libya civil war grinds onward

NATO's secretary-general told CNN on Monday that Moammar Gadhafi and his regime "have no future," but refused to predict how long the Libyan leader could hold on.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen denied that the situation in Libya had devolved into a "stalemate," insisting that NATO was "making progress" and had "taken out" a substantial part of Gadhafi's military capability.

"I'm not going to guess about a timeline. I want a solution sooner rather than later," Rasmussen said.

"It's hard to imagine an end to the violence as long as Gadhafi remains in power," he said, stressing that a political solution was required.

Gadhafi's forces have been inflicting a heavy toll on rebels in the port city of Misrata, survivors there have told CNN.

Survivors in Misrata -- the only city in western Libya held by rebels -- described what the carnage inflicted by indiscriminate shelling has wrought: crushed bones, burns and amputations.

"They are shelling the port and civilian neighborhoods. It has become an operation of revenge, not just taking over the city of Misrata," said Ibrahim al-Neairy, a rebel who was injured in the fighting and evacuated to Benghazi.

Mostafa Bozen, a spokesman for the rebels, said fighters attacked Gadhafi's forces about 22 kilometers (14 miles) from Tripoli, killing 12 and hitting a tank. (read more)