Rebels say Gadhafi holed up; broadcast tells Libyans to stay in Tripoli, fight
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, seen here in November, is surrounded at an apartment complex in Tripoli, rebels say.
August 25th, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Rebels say Gadhafi holed up; broadcast tells Libyans to stay in Tripoli, fight

[Updated at 4:54 p.m.] An agreement has been reached in the U.N. Security Council to release $1.5 billion in frozen Libyan assets to the country's fledgling rebel government, diplomats said Thursday.

[Updated at 2:13 p.m.] Gadhafi loyalists have destroyed an empty Libyan airline passenger plane parked at the international airport in Tripoli.

[Updated at 11:54 a.m.] A message purportedly from Moammar Gadhafi was aired Thursday on a loyalist radio station.

The speaker urged people not to leave Tripoli "for the rats." It further implored listeners to "Go out into the streets and fight."

CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the recording. Gadhafi has previously described his adversaries before as rats.

[Updated at 10:49 a.m.] The main source of the opposition's supplies is coming from fighters loyal to Gadhafi. As the rebels win battles, they gather up the enemy's weaponry and equipment to add to their own arsenal.

In Ras Lanuf, home to an oil refinery capable of producing hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil a day, a long line of trucks awaited refueling. Most of the trucks had been taken from Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists and been retrofitted with heavy weaponry, including anti-aircraft guns and a rocket launcher.

Ras Lanuf is about 125 miles from Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown and one of the Libyan leader's last strongholds.

Gadhafi has a $1.4 million bounty on his head, but despite claims that he is holed up in an apartment complex in Tripoli, observers are skeptical because of a past rebel assertion that they knew where the Libyan leader was hiding and another announcement that they had captured his son, Saif al-Islam. Neither were accurate.

[Updated at 10:15 a.m.] There has been sporadic but intense artillery fire throughout day near Tripoli International Airport as rebels try to capture the highway connecting the airport and the capital. The airport is about 17 miles south of the capital.

[Updated at 10:09 a.m.] It is difficult to tell exactly what is happening on the ground because while there are legitimate firefights taking place, there is also plenty of celebratory gunfire, including from the rebels' large-caliber, anti-aircraft guns.

CNN's Dan Rivers, however, said there was a fierce firefight in one corner of Moammar Gadhafi's compound about two hours ago.

[Updated 10:02 a.m.] Smoke can be seen rising from Bab al-Aziziya, the Libyan leader's compound.

[Posted at 9:46 a.m.] Rebels say they believe Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is at an apartment complex near his compound in Tripoli, a rebel commander said Thursday.

The commander told CNN that more troops have been dispatched to surround the building.

Rebels say they believe the leader of more than four decades may be holed up with some of his sons.

CNN has not been able to confirm the rebels' claim independently. Rebels have made many bold statements in recent days, some of which haven't turned out to be true.

The rebels did not explain why they believe it is Gadhafi inside the apartment buildings, where Reuters reports rebels are trading gunfire with the leader's loyalists.

"They are together. They are in a small hole," one of the fighters involved in the battle, Muhammad Gomaa, told Reuters. "Today we finish. Today we will end that."

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  1. Landlord

    Who would lease an apartment to that fool? A simple credit check will show that his FICA score is less than 550 and he can't provide any references from his old landlord to see if he paid the rent on time. I hope he paid the first month, last month and deposit for that apartment and the lease should indicate that there will not long speeches on the balcony after 8 pm. The lease should also indicate that he should wear a swimming cap when he uses the community pool in the aprtment complex.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      I hope he paid a big security deposit because I think there is going to be a lot of damage to his apartment...

      August 25, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin

    I think its great what the rebels are doing over there. I just dont understand why we arent doing the same thing here in this country

    August 25, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Going In Circles

      Didnt need to, Bush's term limit was up.
      Thanks for playing.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. virtualgd

    Die die die! Your all bad people! If your not with America then you are against it! And why is America so bad? You jealous of its power?

    August 25, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • barabbas2010

      are you secretly dick cheney?

      August 25, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      laugh! "power". you think so ?

      August 25, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. bezerkur

    its all a joke and a scam to us tax payers. we need humanitarian aid here in the U.S. our infrastructure is in bad shape. 8% unemployment. i dont need to explain it all. its fubar. we cant police the world. i really wish the U.F.O's would just freakin land. maybe they got jobs and a plan.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. vicabs

    Who gave the West the right to go into a Sovereign country and interven in an internal crisis. The only and one reason why the west is interested in Libya is because of oil. The same rebels will soon become the enemy of the west once they stop dancing to thier tune.
    It is a remainder of the mujaheedeen in afghanistan. these westyern nations are just some bunch of hypocrites using the UN mandates to achive their interest. grow some balls UN and do what you are suppose to be doing; Bringing world peace to millions around the world.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • atollman

      yep i agree, totally because of money
      i would have personally killed the SOB for Lockerbee 40 years ago

      August 25, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil in Oregon

      You don't remember someone 'accidentally' bombing his house 20 years ago?

      August 25, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • thetravelexpert

      Vicabs, The middle east is the armpit of humanity.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Eats Bananas

      The West is actually in it for the ivory, not he oil.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Elvis

      We don't need permission.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Sorry vicabs, the UN is under the cotrol of the right-wing thugs in Washington, lock, stock and barrel. In fact, the current Secretary General Moon is most probably being paid under the table by the goons in Washington do decide UN policies in favor of Washington and that's how the U.S. controls the UN!!!

      August 25, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Flips everything

      (╯°□°)╯︵ sqɐɔıʌ

      August 25, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. jerrycc

    Gadhafi excaped to southern Libia near his old nuclear facilities which have extinsive underground bunker complexes. From there he plans to launch a prolonged guerrilla campaign.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Prophet

      And so begins the rise of the planet of the apes.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Flips everything

      (╯°□°)╯︵ ɔɔʎɹɹǝɾ

      August 25, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Guest

    The problem with these sound boards are the extreme comments that are just rubbish. Is Bush a terrorist – not even close. Is it anti-American to say he is – no, it's just a rant which is what Americans do best with our 1st amendment. Did Bush do a great job in the months following 9/11with calm rationale planning for Afghanistan – yes. Did he completely erase those wins with the colossal mistake of invading Iraq and making idiotic claims such as Saddam's connection to Al-Qaeda – yes. Do we have too many wars claiming they are in the name of freedom when they aren't – yes. Why else would we invade Iraq but turn a blind eye to the genocides and atrocities occurring in Africa.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Going In Circles

      oil !

      (Oil Company) Unical wanted to build a gas and oil pipeline from Uzbekistan (North of Afganistan)
      Thru Afganistan south into Pakistan to the coast and ship the oil & gas in ships to China.
      The Taliban controled Afgan government said no.
      Believe what you want about 911, but the morning Bush sat in that classroom in Florida
      reading about a goat, the orders to attack Afganistan sat on his desk waiting to be signed.
      Bush administration tells Taliban we want Bin Laden. Taliban says if we have proof,
      they will turn him over.
      We have NO proof, but attack Afganistan anyway.
      Taliban is out, Karzai put in charge of Afgan government
      (Karzai was on the board of Unical), Pipeline is GO
      US troops do the dirty work, and Haliburton gets the no bid contract to build the pipeline.
      Months later some grainy bad video shows up with some guy who doesnt even look
      like Bin Laden, saying he was behind the attack.....RUBBISH !!

      People who say it cant be for oil because the USA doesnt get the oil.......
      Its not about getting oil for America, its about who controls the oil.
      The neocons have been planning this for years.
      Just read (PNAC) the plan for a new American Century.
      Its just like mein Kampf, its all spelled out ahead of time.

      As for Iraq, and the WMD Lies.
      2 reasons for Iraq :
      1) OIL
      2) Iran.

      We are in Iraq (Irans western border)
      We are in Afganistan (Irans Eastern border)
      We are in Chechnya (air bases on Irans northern border)
      We now have Iran surrounded.
      US & British troops had already been training in Uzbekistan before 911 even happed.
      Coinidence ?
      These things take years to plan, train and deploy.
      The neocons felt that the biggest threat to the American Empire was oil.
      If you control the oil, you control the planet.

      Libya was planning to nationalize its Oil companys, Maybe even take it off the American dollar.
      Cant have that can we ?
      The United States Of America is NOT a country.
      Its a corporation, and your president is just the CEO who does what he is told by his owners.

      Owners: Bilderburgs, Rockefellers, Rothchilds, Military industrial complex,
      world trade organization, The vatican, The pentagon, 12 downing street London.

      Freedom is an illusion you are alowed to have
      as long as you do as you are told.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Another right-wing idiot trying to be funny here. Hardy, har. har, har!

      August 25, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Gee Guest, do you honestly believe all that mumbo-jumbo that you posted above or are you just trying to be funny? The only problem here is that some people are dumb enough to believe it!

      August 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lisa

    Why would CNN tell Gadhafi the rebels know where he is and give him another chance to get away? Or don't you think he is watching the news to gather intelligence? Who's fault will it be if he gets away and more people die trying to bring him in?

    August 25, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil in Oregon

      The media is VERY good at giving away secrets. It's why journalists were barred from all the US operations.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Going In Circles

      The rebels have him surrounded, and he is going to get away ?
      Wow, i did not know that you are there on the ground.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin

    I think its great what the rebels are doing over there, just wondering whey we arent doing the same thing in this country. We need to oust our dictator just as bad as they do

    August 25, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • sparknut

      Yes, the Republicans who have a strangle hold on this country need to be thrown out.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Going In Circles

      We got rid of our dictator, and elected Obama.
      Next.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • f16bmathis

      We got rid of our dictator and elected another. One who has kept or extended over 90% of Bush's policy's. So much for change. We do need to rise up and get our freedom back. We've lost it so slowly, we didn't realise it was gone. Go on, keep paying those taxes to fund a study on what a gay mans penus size has to do with his relationship! We need that kind of information!

      August 25, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. marquis

    It is a shame YOU people in the USA have a GOP who are screwing up your job your savings your eDucations anD you dod nothing but they take a five week vacation anD the MiDDle East is willing to Die for there freeDoms what about you free America.? You better wake up and get behinD your PresiDent.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. shaff

    One more prosperous country wrecked by the so called rebels without a cause . All for Oil! Where were they when 800000 innocent people were butchered in Rwanda in 3 months of genocide? Coz ther aint any of the oil! Rebels my foot!!!

    August 25, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. abdiqafaar

    libiyan people must respect gadaffi and he is good man with alot of respect he is the one who bring all the libiyan from desert and bush. I know thay rebels would not capture gaddaffi

    August 25, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Andre

      poeple on here say really dumb things. Maybe thats why unemployment is so high. Get a job and a education and quit wasting your time on this stupid blog. Lybia will kill their leader and if they dont.... we will. except it.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Phil in Oregon

    The capital city is being blown up and Gaddafi is getting stoned shacked up with his girlfriend and doesn't even know what's happening.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. dave

    Make dure the devil is out and eliminated then establish the peace whithin libya for libiyans

    August 25, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. abdiqafaar

    viva gaddaffi

    August 25, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Going In Circles

      R.I.P. Gaddaffi.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
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