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."

soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Defenseline

    You are schilling political Bull...

    August 25, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. strategic bob

    "anti-american liberal trash" is a double oxymoron. liberals are not anti-American. it is the Republicans and the Tea Party that are anti-American. as to "liberal trash," you will find more trash, especially white trash and trailer-park trash, in the Tea Party than anywhere else. I don't like the Democrats, and have been disappointed by Obama's unwillingness to to fight harder against bad ideas from both sides of the aisle, but I absolutely despise the nutjobs and traitors in the GOP and the Tea Party. Until such time as a rational third party emerges, or untilt he GOP decides to kick out the crazies and the traitors, I will do the patriotic thing and vote against all Republicans.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    People of the United States of America,President Obama and the World,
    Look,we all know the K-MAN was and is a real bad guy.Have NATO advise the Rebels to keep the complex surrounded and not let anyone in or out.NATO should send in a STRIKE TEAM to take the K-MAN Dead or Alive.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. f16bmathis

    Go Lybia! Now don't screw it up and loose your freedoms, pay enormous taxes, and work till you die to fund a welfare nation like the US!

    August 25, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. john

    Moammar Gadhafi – your name is SORRY

    August 25, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. john

    Moammar Gadhafi don't 4get how you took power,that is life you

    August 25, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "An apartment complex?"

    No. He's at the local Mc al-Donalds woofing down his last Sausage Mc al-Muffin.
    Him, in that stupid Dairy Queen like hat.
    Maybe he went undercover with the Tripoli Shrine Circus.
    GET HIM!!!

    August 25, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Adelaja Samuel Dipo

    After reading all the comments posted on this wall,I will just say different strokes for different folks,America is sitting on a time bomb,and as for Gaddafi whether he is truly passioate about the unification of Africa or a tyrant,nobody can know that now! But one thing is clear the West and Nato really have ulterior motives for their actions and inactions over all the happenings in Libya!

    August 25, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • tcaud

      A time bomb, yes that bomb is most definitely ticking. The good news is when it goes off, the left has a secret weapon to put the beat down on the radical right for the last time, hopefully.

      August 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Centrist Bodybuilder Killa

      @tcaud: What secret weapon is that tough guy? Lol.. You cowards can't even fight with fists or bullets, so you use your johnsons and your coochie.. lmao.. That's what the nuclear football is all about you sick puppy.

      August 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Doe

      CNN has just reported that Gadhafi has asked women and children "to go into the streets to show their support for him". I do speak fluent Arabic, viewed Gadhafi's statement and IN FACT it is better translated as follows..."My last pair of Depends has been soiled, please contact Mr. Abash at Tripoli Strip Mall..Tell him "Moammar needs a fresh one"...this crap about 20 minute delivery from Domino's has not gone un-noticed...revenge is a dish best served cold, like a two topping thin crust delivered by Domino's........". Incoherent shouting is going on in the back ground, something about stale hummus and old old Pita....

      August 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. George Patton

    It looks like these so-called "liberators" will finally get their man. Another field day for the right-wing thugs in Washington with more sickening bravado flying around!!!

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

    Slowely but surely Gadaffi wil go. Eirther by Nato bumb, rebbel gun, icc gallow, or may be suicide. Whish ever way jo.

    August 25, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    THE SLIME BAG USING PATONS NAME IS A COWARD I misspelld his name purposly so as not to bring him any more shame Euerytime you get called out you run and hide

    August 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. luigi

    Anyone know where that radio station is located? I thought one of the things to do when taking over a country was to seize control of the media. If the station has any reach, it has to have a transmitter and antenna of non trivial size. Of course, a 100mW station could be well hidden (in a shoebox) but who is going to hear the broadcast?

    August 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dzeta

    Daffy has found a new job in the marketing dept. of a national pest control company.

    August 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      Good one!

      August 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat2u

    Rebels say Ghadafi is holed up !! Damn, do you really think so ? This must have come from the brains of the outfit.

    August 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    See what i mean PATONN BANASY called you out As HAVE AND YOUR GONE What a wuss you dont deserve to use his name

    August 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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