N. Africa, Mideast protests - Gadhafi: I'm still here
Anti-government demonstrators in Sanaa, Yemen, on Monday.
February 21st, 2011
11:44 PM ET

N. Africa, Mideast protests - Gadhafi: I'm still here

Across the Middle East and North Africa, CNN's reporters and iReporters are covering protests, many of them inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt that toppled those countries' longtime rulers. Check out our story explaining the roots of the unrest in each country. Have a story to tell from the scene? Click here to send an iReport.

Developments on unrest in the Middle East and North Africa:

LIBYA 11:45 p.m. ET, 6:45 a.m. local: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Libya to immediately stop the "unacceptable" attacks on anti-government demonstrators.

"Like you and many others around the world, I have seen very disturbing and shocking scenes, where Libyan authorities have been firing at demonstrators from warplanes and helicopters," Ban said from Los Angeles. "This is
unacceptable. This must stop immediately. This is a serious violation of international humanitarian law."

LIBYA, 11:22 p.m. ET, 6:22 a.m. local: At the request of Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations - who earlier today called the crackdown in Libya a "genocide" - the U.N. Security Council scheduled a Tuesday morning meeting on Libya. This will be the first time the council has held consultations over any of the revolts that have swept Arab nations since January.

LIBYA, 11:09 p.m. ET, 6:09 a.m. local: A Libyan woman, speaking on condition of anonymity to CNN's Anderson Cooper, recounts a massacre near her home in Tripoli:

BAHRAIN, 8:51 p.m. ET, 4:51 a.m. local: CNN's Tim Lister reports from Bahrain, where he walked among protesters in the capital's Pearl Roundabout. Thousands of demonstrators were in the roundabout on Monday, preparing for a massive demonstration on Tuesday. Lister says the demonstrators' encampment has taken on an air of permanence, with tents, makeshift kitchens, even a rudimentary field hospital.

More on the Bahrain protests:

LIBYA, 7:40 p.m. ET, 2:40 a.m. local: About 15,000 of Libya's 2 million to 3 million Egyptians returned Monday across the border, border officials said.

The Egyptian military has set up refugee camps near its border with Libya and set up two mobile hospitals at the Salloum border crossing to assist Egyptians fleeing the protests in Libya, Egypt's state-run news website EgyNews
reported late Monday.

LIBYA, 7:33 p.m. ET, 2:33 a.m. local: Here is more on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's 40-second appearance - in which he said he still was in Libya - on state-run TV Tuesday morning:

"I want to have some rest," the embattled Libyan leader told a reporter in front of what Libyan television said was his house as he pulled out an umbrella in the rain. "Because I was talking to the young man at Green Square,
and I want to stay the night with them but then it started raining. I want to show them that I am in Tripoli, not in Venezuela. Don't believe those dogs in the media."

Green Square is where pro-government demonstrators in Tripoli have been located.

LIBYA, 6:49 p.m. ET, 1:49 a.m. local: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Tuesday morning on state-run television that he is not in Venezuela as rumored, but in Tripoli.

Earlier today, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters that Libyan leader Gadhafi may have been on his way to Venezuela.

Here is video of Gadhafi's comments to Libyan state-run TV:

LIBYA, 6:46 p.m. ET, 1:46 a.m. local: CNN's Cairo bureau chief Ben Wedeman has entered eastern Libya and is the first western television reporter to enter and report from inside Libya during the current crisis. He says much of eastern Libya appears to be in opposition control.

"What we saw as we were driving in is that this part of eastern Libya is clearly under the controls of the rebels - the forces that are opposed to Col. Gadhafi," Wedeman by phone on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"We saw along the road a lot of groups of men with shotguns - with machine guns - in civilian clothing. They call themselves basically the popular committees that are trying to maintain some sort of order along the way.

"Clearly the situation is very unstable. What we saw was that there are a lot of people – mostly Egyptians – who are leaving Libya at the moment. At the Egyptian border we were told by Egyptian officials that 15,000 Egyptian s left Libya, returning to Egypt."

"There are some signs of normal life. Gas stations are open. Stores are open. We saw … what looked like kebab shops that are functioning. There is a fair amount of traffic on the road, although I was told that was mostly Egyptians leaving the country."

LIBYA, 6:35 p.m. ET, 1:35 a.m. local: Libyan state TV is reporting that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is to speak soon.

LIBYA, 6:28 p.m. ET, 1:28 a.m. local: Ali Al Oujli, Libya's ambassador to the United States, said earlier today that he urges protesters in Libya "to keep momentum alive."

"If they they keep the momentum in the Libyan streets, (then) they’ll reach their goals. ... They have a very good experience on what happening in Egypt and what happening in Tunisia. And they should not compromise."

LIBYA, 6:22 p.m. ET, 1:22 a.m. local: Earlier today, this blog reported that Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters Monday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has declared war on the Libyan people and is committing genocide.

Below is video of those comments. Dabbashi was speaking in reference to reports that the Libyan military was firing on protesters.

LIBYA, 6:07 p.m. ET, 1:07 a.m. local: A formerly pro-government newspaper in Libya is reporting that African mercenaries are shooting at unarmed civilians in Tajouraa, 25 miles east of Tripoli. The newspaper Quryna's perspective has changed since protests in Libya began.

CNN could not immediately confirm the report. The Libyan government maintains tight control on communications and has not responded to repeated requests from CNN for access to the country.

LIBYA, 5:32 p.m. ET, 12:32 a.m. local: The United States on Monday condemned the violence in Libya and called for a halt to the "unacceptable bloodshed" in response to civil unrest, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement.

"The government of Libya has a responsibility to respect the universal rights of the people, including the right to free expression and assembly," Clinton's statement said.

LIBYA, 5:29 p.m. ET, 12:29 a.m. local: Saif al-Islam al-Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, told the Libyan state news agency that the Libyan armed forces have not targeted protesters in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libyan state television reported Monday.

Al-Gadhafi said the bombardments targeted ammunition storage facilities in remote areas.

Earlier, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly told CNN that Libya has used "aviation assets" to attack protesters on the outskirts of Tripoli.

In the following video, CNN's Ivan Watson, reporting from Egypt, talks about these allegations that Libya used aviation assets to attack protesters.

LIBYA, 5:21 p.m. ET, 12:21 a.m. local: Libya has used "aviation assets" to attack protesters on the outskirts of Tripoli, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly told CNN Monday.

The official could not be more specific about the "assets," but the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group, said helicopter gunships have fired into crowds of protesters.

A Libyan diplomatic source has denied the Libyan air force was conducting air raids against protesters in Libya.

LIBYA, 4:54 p.m. ET, 11:54 p.m. local: Video on YouTube shows what CNN is told are six badly burned bodies of Libyan soldiers in open body bags. Opposition sources in Libya say the bodies are of soldiers who refused to shoot at anti-government demonstrators. The video, taken on a cell phone, was posted on Monday; it is not known when it was taken.

Read this post for more information and to see the video.

LIBYA, 4:31 p.m. ET, 11:31 p.m. local: A woman in Tripoli, speaking on condition of anonymity, reports seeing people shooting - in an apparently random fashion - from cars. "I've seen myself red Hyundai cars with tinted windows that had armed people inside it shooting random people," she told CNN in a telephone interview. "Three victims have fallen in the street where I live."

CNN could not independently confirm this report. The Libyan government maintains tight control on communications and has not responded to repeated requests from CNN for access to the country. CNN has interviewed numerous witnesses by phone.

LIBYA, 4:25 p.m. ET, 11:25 p.m. local: A Libyan diplomatic source has denied the Libyan air force was conducting air raids against protesters in Libya. Earlier, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group, said helicopter gunships were firing into crowds.

LIBYA, 4:01 p.m. ET, 11:01 p.m. local: The Arab League will hold an urgent summit Tuesday to discuss the recent developments in Libya, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported Monday.

ZIMBABWE, 3:53 p.m. ET: Zimbabwe isn't part of either North Africa or the Middle East, but a recent development there has links to the North African/Middle Eastern unrest. Police in Zimbabwe have arrested dozens of political activists and trade union members on suspicion of plotting an Egyptian-style uprising in the southern African country.

BAHRAIN, 3:43 p.m. ET, 11:43 p.m. local: Mass protests planned in Bahrain for Tuesday in support of calls for political reforms coincide with the planned return of Hassan Mushaimaa, who is the leader of Bahrain's largest opposition party, the Haq Movement.

Thousands more people moved into Bahrain's Pearl Roundabout on Monday ahead of Tuesday's planned mass demonstrations. Meanwhile, fallout from last week's violent protests continues. A 20-year-old protester in Bahrain, who was shot in the head on Friday, has died, hospital sources said Monday.

LIBYA, 3:41 p.m. ET, 10:41 p.m. local: CNN is checking reports that helicopters in Libya fired on protesters. The National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group, has said helicopter gunships were firing into crowds.

LIBYA, 3:29 p.m. ET, 10:29 p.m. local: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi still is in Libya, a Libyan diplomatic source told CNN. The source also denied the Libyan air force was conducting air raids against protesters in Libya.

Separately, a senior official in the Italian secret service also said that Gadhafi remains in Libya. Earlier today, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters that Libyan leader Gadhafi may have been on his way to Venezuela.

SUDAN, 3:24 p.m. ET, 11:24 p.m. local: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says he will not run for re-election four years from now, a senior member of the country's ruling National Congress Party announced Monday.

"He will also leave his post as chair of the NCP to allow for the transformation of power to a new generation," said Rabi Abd al-Ati. The senior NCP member rejected the notion that al-Bashir's decision was prompted by popular uprisings in the region, including neighboring Egypt.

LIBYA, 2:15 p.m. ET, 9:15 p.m. local: Two Libyan Air Force pilots defected to Malta on Monday after being asked to bomb Libyan citizens, a Maltese government source said. The pilots' fighter jets were armed with rockets and loaded machine guns, the source said. Malta is a short flight from Libya.

LIBYA, 2:04 p.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. local: Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi met in Tripoli with ambassadors of the European Union, blaming the unrest in the country on "terrorists and destructive plans" and stressing that Libya has the right to "take any measures" to protect its unity, stability, people and resources, Libyan state television reported.

LIBYA, 1:19 p.m. ET, 8:19 p.m. local: Libyan helicopter gunships are firing into crowds of protesters, according to the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, an opposition group. CNN was unable to confirm the report independently.

LIBYA, 12:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. local: Oil company Total says it will evacuate most of its expatriate employees and their families from Libya. Shell said it has temporarily relocated the families of expatriate staff.

LIBYA, 12:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. local: The U.S. State Department has ordered family members of U.S. Embassy employees and non-emergency personnel to leave Libya.

LIBYA, 12:26 p.m. ET, 7:26 p.m. local: Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has declared war on the Libyan people and is committing genocide. Who is Gadhafi?

YEMEN, 12:17 p.m. ET, 8:17 p.m. local: Two human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, are reporting that 12 people have died as a result of protests in Yemen.

LIBYA, 12:02 ET, 7:02 p.m. local: British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Reuters that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi may be on his way to Venezuela. CNN has not confirmed. Gadhafi has maintained power in the country for 42 years. The Libyan ambassador to the UK, Omar Jelban, is denying that Gadhafi is on his way to Venezuela.

LIBYA, noon ET, 7 p.m. local: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had talked with Gadhafi, saying he was deeply concern about the violence, and that it must stop. At least 233 people have been killed in the protests, according to Human Rights Watch. Its report cites information from hospital sources. CNN is not able to independently confirm the figure, as the network has not been granted access to report on the ground.

Google has designed this map of protests based on what it calls "reliable tweets." Personal up-to-the-minute audio reports have been uploaded on Google here. CNN has not yet vetted these reports.

LIBYA, 11:45 a.m. ET, 6:45 p.m. local The government is demanding that citizens cooperate with security forces, and warning "organized gangs," Libyan state television reported, as security forces conduct raids on what it called "nests of terror and sabotage." Libya's justice minister, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has resigned to protest the "bloody situation and use of excessive force" against protesters by security forces, a Libyan newspaper reported. Meanwhile, two Libyan fighter jets have landed in Malta, according to journalists at the airport.

YEMEN, 11 a.m. ET, 7 p.m. local: It is the 11th day of protests. More than 3,500 gathered in the capital Sanaa for a peaceful demonstration, but violence broke out in Aden as police fired on demonstrators. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports what the Yemeni government doesn't want anyone to see.

Journalists were not allowed entry into hospitals where wounded students were taken, and Jamjoom shows you how difficult it is for reporters to get the truth about what youths have been calling their movement. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses to step down and compared anti-government protests in his country to the flu spreading through the region. "This is a virus and is not part of our heritage or the culture of the Yemeni people," he told reporters.

LIBYA, 11 a.m. ET, 6 p.m. local: As reports streamed of protesters setting fire to a government building in Libya's capital and ransacking state TV headquarters, questions swirled around Gadhafi and whether he could be the third Arab leader toppled by the wave of protests rippling through the region. His son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, is trying to defend the family dynasty, warning on state television of "a fierce civil war" if the demonstrations don't halt. Who is the Western educated son of Gadhafi? What could Libya's uprising mean in the long term, CNN commentator Kirk Vandewalle asks. He wrote "A History of Modern Libya."

Here's a Monday morning breifing on protests in some of the nations in the region:

IRAQ - Unlike other nations, protests here have not targeted the government. Demonstrators are enraged by corruption, the quality of basic services and high unemployment. Most recently, on Sunday, A 17-year-old boy died and 39 people were injured were injured as demonstrators battled Kurdish security forces in Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq, officials said. CNN's Reza Sayah reports from Islamabad, Pakistan, on the violence. Masked gunmen attacked and burned an independent television station in Iraq's Kurdistan region Sunday, wounding a guard, police officials and the broadcast company said.

ALGERIA - Protests began in January over escalating food prices, high rates of unemployment and housing issues, and iReporters were there. Rallies started in Algiers, but spread to other cities as more people joined. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that he would lift the state of emergency law in what analysts said was an attempt to head off a similar revolt.

DJIBOUTI - Protesters in Djibouti are angry about the economy. The country is home to Camp Lemonnier, the only U.S. military base on the African continent. Protesters have called for President Ismail Omar Guelleh - whose family has ruled the country since its independence from France in 1977 - to step down ahead of the elections scheduled in April.

JORDAN - Jordan's economy is struggling as commodity prices rise and youth unemployment is high, as it is in Egypt. Its king has called for swift reform.

KUWAIT - Protests are relatively new, beginning over the weekend. Demonstrators, who want greater rights for longtime residents who are not citizens, attacked security forces late last week.

SUDAN - Protesters are demanding an end to National Congress Party rule and government-imposed price increases. A "Day of Rage" was reportedly organized on Facebook against the government, but it failed to materialize. Human Rights Watch says authorities used "excessive force" during largely peaceful protests on January 30 and 31 in Khartoum and other northern cities. Witnesses said that several people were arrested, including 20 who remain missing.

TUNISIA - An uprising in Tunisia prompted autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to leave the country on January 14, after weeks of demonstrations. Those demonstrations sparked protests around North Africa and the Middle East.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - Hundreds of Palestinians rallied for unity in Ramallah, calling on Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian political factions to heal their rifts amid arguments over elections scheduled for September in the Palestinian territories. "Division generates corruption," was one of several slogans written on banners held up by the demonstrators Thursday, who flooded the streets after calls went out on social networking sites, as well as schools and university campuses, for them to attend.

SYRIA - As protests heated up around the region, the Syrian government pulled back from a plan to withdraw some subsidies that keep the cost of living down in the country. President Bashar al-Assad also gave a rare interview to Western media, telling The Wall Street Journal last month that he planned reforms that would allow local elections and included a new media law and more power for private organizations.

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  1. Daniel

    I don't mind a good ole fashion revolution every once and a while.
    Just keep in mind, the next person to get in office in these places other than America are going to get the same damn thing, again, the question is: how many lives is it going to take to find out this fundamental fact.

    There is no place on Earth like America.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Arlon

    Come on, CNN, it's been almost a half-hour since your last update...

    February 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel

    How many lives is it going to take to put another Khadafi into power?

    February 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ser

    The question now is will the EU interfer and send in its military to counter the Libyian military?

    February 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ex Post Facto

      Why on earth would they do that?

      February 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TheAlms

    Freedom is not free to obtain, you must obtain freedom with blood, there is not a money price on freedom,. the price of freedom is priceless, and blood is the way to buy it, peaceful protest may work, but blood will be shed by the government thats suppose to protect you, but if you obtain freedom then comes the result which is free. Libyan, Iran and many other Arab countries and every other country that is not free. Please obtain your freedom. If a few people die in the process of obtaining freedom, Its well worth it. Your family, your children, and the future generations of your country will respect you. If you die in the process of trying to obtain freedom and you fail. Your family, your children, and future generations of your country will respect you. Thats if they are allowed to. The world is behind you.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bob

    Does international law protect the pilots when you are ordered to kill your own people or civilians? What kind of leadership does Malta have?

    February 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arlon

      Yes, the Geneva Conventions and the International Law of Armed Combat protects the defecting pilots. Firing live ammunition at unarmed civilians is not a lawful order, and their refusal is protected under the articles of the aforementioned resolutions.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonytony

      Hi Bob,

      Malta is a democratic country and part of the EU. Geographically, we are very close to Libya. So far we have no further news about the jet fighters and the helicopters.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. James

    Col. Gadhafi has always been a mental case, I cannot believe people are shocked he is using fighter jets and missles for riot control.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eman

    what is happening in Libiya is a terror attack by thier own leader... OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA PEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE DO SMETHING AND SAME THOSE PEOPLE FROM THIER OWN PRESIDENT. what Cadhafi and his sons is doing to thoses young guys is a cuiside. and look now he is bombing them by rockets using airplanes like he is in a war or something. PLEASE people let owr voice be heard to our leader and beg them to same those people... last night i cried so much when i saw at ALJAZEERA AND ALARABIYA's news channel the faces of the youth that were killed. those kids are only walking about thier rights and they want to have a better life not to be killed. could you believe killed more than 300 people in 5 days.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Eman, I hear you my friend. I am apparently one of the only other Americans that do agree with you. This is genocide, politics be damned!!!!! Save the people now, this is about human suffering and war atrocities, not oil prices and foreign policy agenda to benefit America. How sad it is, what a pathetic leadership we have.

      February 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • General Specific

      Enough of the US going in with guns a blazing. The US does not need to be the world's police. Let the UN dictate what should happen and let the US follow accordingly. At the most, the US can condemn what is going on..but it should NOT go into Libya unless directed by the UN.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFo5kozUyfs&w=640&h=360]

    February 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Arlon

    Another development...

    the Libyan minister for immigration is currently in Boston. Though he has not resigned, he is urging ambassadors to continue to work independently of the regime.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    @Bob
    Malta is a democracy.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dorothy-Texas

      Do the Libyan people know how we feel about all this>that we are against killing their own people the protestors? Are there any
      protestors sending us pictures about what is going on today? We want peace, democracy and freedom for them. I don't want them to feel that they are all along in the world. Is the UN speaking out about these actrosities?

      February 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Thanks, Western Influence?

      February 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ???

      Bob – One of the most Catholic countries in the world. It is a democracy along the British model. Not sure if those are what you mean by 'Western influenced'.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      Move toward freedom started with a student in Egypt setting himself on fire. It had nothing to do with any American.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biruk

      Since when?

      February 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doh!

      Wait a minute. Isn't GhaDaffy the UN human rights guy?

      February 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • YOYO

      @bailoutsos
      It was Tunisian man who set himself on filre just FYI. But Yes I do believe it was him who inspired all these revolutions for freedom against dictators. I come from a country called Ethiopia where our leader Mr. Meles has been pretty much the same as all the rest of self centered robbers of the N. African leaders. I feel the pain how these people are expressing as I have passed through it myself. I am a believer of God and think it is His call for all the evil leaders to stop what they are doing.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • M qader

      How sad when our values are false. Libians are killed and NO CNN coverege?????

      February 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete-Texas

      Last I heard Libya has internet and phones services blacked out. I doubt the UN can do anything about what is going on, least not in time to stop what they say is going on there.Libya supplies 2% of the oil in the world mainly to europe, so someone will have to do something pretty soon.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Felix

      What's on the mind of this ruler? Do they think we are living in the time of the prophet Mohammad? They should't be hurting their people nor any other people unless there is a declaration of war.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tewrobert

    I cannot even imagine bombing your own people.

    is that a islamic statement or what?

    February 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Which page of the holy book does killing is found ?

      February 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      ...but you can readily imagine bombing other people? you are less than intelligent.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      @Joe- After looking at the sentence you just typed, i think its safe to say the 1st grade was a tough one for you pass.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soporifix

      How come the "Islamic statement" isn't the people fighting the government for their freedom? You can choose to look at whatever makes you feel like your prejudice is justified.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art

      @Joe .. Pick almost any page in the Koran, especially the second half and you'll find lots of violence. Of course it's all directed at infidels (in other words you and I). You are correct though if you mean the Koran does not sanction killing of Muslims.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • UTLonghorn

      Tom, how was your 1st grade english?..... since this was what you wrot "was a tough one for you pass"

      February 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xugos

      I challenge that, Art. No where in it does it say that killing ANY innocent person is sanctioned. The verses you and your buds over at Fox like to read are always taken out of context, and thus, are rendered useless unless read in context.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jokey

      Using fighter jets to bomb the crowds? either that' a new riot management strategy or, more likely, a rumor.

      February 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      @UTLonghorn- I didnt "wrot" anything......

      February 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • maga12

      @ART
      You will yourself a favour by reading a Quran.... People like you feed into people's fear and spread lies....

      February 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe H.

      What you mean islamic? US killed thousands of their own soldiers in wars to test new weapons and not to mention all the medical issues the other ones have after being back... get smart! dont judge again without researching...

      February 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete-Texas

      Yes I agree 100% having the army to open fire on civilians and reportedly helicopter gunships is outrageous. Those 2 jet pilots that asked for asylum may be able to shed some light on what is going on and what the government is ordering troops to do.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • M qader

      You guys are having fun while people are killed and you you call yourself civilized.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Total nonsense

      Islam (and muslims) in their natural element: Violence, war and destruction.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Quatchi

    *********************************
    GADDAFI'S SON IS A LIAR.
    For over 40 years, his father has made sure that there is no opposition to him.
    In Libya, OPPOSITION=DEAD PEOPLE.
    DEAD PEOPLE DO NOT TALK.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abdul al Salem Sheik Muhammed Quatar Jihad

      Joe H. obviously is not a native of an English speaking country. I would eat my hat if he wasn't Arabic himself. "Joe" my ass! For all you other babies out there, stop whining about typos, is this your first day on the internet?

      February 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete-Texas

      Yes his son made it worse, or escalated it. He sounds like a nut case to me LOL.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    @Bob
    Malta is a democratiy. Thank you.

    February 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ravenlynne

      @Joe

      DEMOCRACY. That's how you spell it. Thanks.

      February 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      @ravenlynn – its a typo, don't be a jerk

      February 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • GTFO!!!

      what a jerkface spelling nazi

      February 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrEee

      Good point. Pointing out spelling mistakes is pretty much like what the Nazis did, just without the killing – well, except for the time they rounded up a whole village of typos and executed them in the public square.

      Or how about people spend a couple of seconds proofing before posting?

      February 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marwan Areim

    Pride, Dignity, Wealth Moammar Ghadaffi stole all of it from the Libyans. Corruption, oppression, human suffering; This is what you've offered us.Now after 42 years of pure hell, it's time for us to bring you something we should have done from the start. JUSTICE, and that will come without a doubt. We have nothing to lose. Now we're coming after you. Better go grab your tent because you're going to travel real soon! #Libya

    February 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ed

      Gaddafy's nose to spite his face!!!!!

      February 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
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