June 25th, 2011
05:05 PM ET

Libyan soccer players join the rebels

Seventeen prominent soccer players in Libya have defected to the rebels, opposition spokesmen said Saturday, in another setback to the county's embattled leadership.

They arrived in the rebel stronghold of Zintan in western Libya Saturday afternoon to cheering crowds that greeted them with celebratory gunfire and smiles. Players posed with locals and briefly batted a soccer ball between their heads.

"I am telling Colonel (Moammar) Gadhafi to leave us alone and allow us to create a free Libya," goalkeeper Juma Gtat told BBC News earlier in the town of Jadu.

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Filed under: Africa • Arab unrest: developments • Libya • War
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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I want my guns!
    Also, BTW, in my Manhattan apartment, the only TV set is sitting in a closet.
    The addicted 16-year-old girl probably won't see it, and she'll grab something else to keep her out of withdrawal before she gets tired and takes a vacation in detox and rehab before going back to the corner.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Immitation being the sincerest form of flattery, I like you too Joey. When I post as Jony Igotta-Fazzolli (he he) it's not "trolling" you! It's engageing you! I've read literally hundreds of your posts since you first arrived here Joey, and have enjoyed most all of them. We don't see eye-to-eye, but who does? Blind people. And you are farrrrr from being blind Joey. You have yes that can see, but your vision is still a little blurry. (lit. and fig. ha-ha!) Think of me as a pair of glasses hooked-up to some binoculars attatched to a telescope pointing at what's really going on. That's me. That's what i'm here for...to vent the stench that i have found over the years, and see who can still smell it.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Good, Philip.
    Just don't think that I want a pair of glasses ground by you.
    Together, we have four eyes.
    That'sa nice.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Fair enough Joey. (handshake, pat on shoulder)

    June 26, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini


    June 26, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    @Jazzy...I see you. We do ammend laws Jazzy. But we keep bending them down instead of making them stand-up stronger. example: laws that have been violated and ignored for so long, we cave-in to the lawbreakers and suit the laes to THEIR needs, rather than the needs of our nation. If too many people ignore and violate laws regarding illegal drug use or sodomy, in order to placate this growing bloc of voters, the laws are changed or downgraded. Quite the opposite purpose of law needless to say.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    A lot of ppl think lip service is all that's needed to control the majority.... so true for the U.S. Keep spreading the truth like Chomsky and maybe you'll become the most cited author. He He

    June 26, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    ...or find myself reitired to a homeland security prison FEMA camp. If so, I hope they retire me to the one in Tacoma, the first homeland security prison built with the inceased prison funding congress approved not long after 9/11, the largest prison funding increase in our history. Said for housing the "tens of thousands of terrorists' they planned on arresting, but aren't those at gitmo? My daughter lives in Seattle ya know. Maybe she'll visit.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      ...Or maybe you can visit your Daughter, it goes both ways...ya know. And who knows she may return the favor by visiting you. 🙂

      June 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    and how can you have a theory on something haven't tested... referring to B.F's (verbal behavior) guess I'm a "stickler for testing. knowledge is power correct?

    June 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      What I meant was... How can you write a whole book based on theories. I could see an article but not a whole book, zzzzzzzzz

      June 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    I hope that they can get this resolved, and soon.

    If the soccer players can help, good.

    As for JIF, Phil, and Jazz, and all the rest of the regs: I like you all.

    There. Does that make you guys feel warm and fuzzy inside?

    I read all of the posts that were written by "Troll" Jazzzzzz about the queen bs; I will say it again:
    That was a troll. It wasn't Jazzzzz. She has much more respect for people than that; the trolls like to try and cause discord.
    Don't let them.
    See you on the Marquee boards!

    June 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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