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. gung hoe

    Afternoon bobcat2u hope the day finds you in good spirits

    August 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Hell gung hoe ! I'm doing well and hope you are the same !

      I think it is so hilarious how these like to state the obvious. I can't seem to help myself. It just seems to bring out my sarcastic side.

      August 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Whoops !! I meant hello gung hoe. Stupid fingers i guess.

      August 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    @Guest

    Correction.
    "Calm rationale planning for Afghanistan"?? No,Sir. This longest running war in American history was irrationally and idiotically planned. What should have been a special ops surgical mission to take out Al-Qaeda leadership was turned into a full scale invasion. History bears witness that no invadeing forces have ever won in that rugged terrain & against those tribal warriors. fter losing thousands of American lives & trillions of dollars & no exit strategy, we are reduced to negotiating with the Talibans.
    Iraq invasion of course not only a folly but a crime against Americans & humanity.
    These wars are what got us on the road to decline, financial, fiscal and as a world power.

    August 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SWallace

      Surgical strike on Al Qaeda leadership? Oh, like after 9/11 they called us up and told us what tent they were sitting in so we could target them? You are not very bright I'm afraid. Your grammar is poor too. Better know what you're talking about before you squawk.

      August 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Canadian Genius

    I had a great laugh last night when I saw the video of that random rebel wearing Gadhafi's hat, like a prize. Gadhafi looked like the Ritz-Carleton doorman, back in the days when he wore that uniform.

    August 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. justathought

    ============@HYW91=================== How did you ever pick that name?? If it means what I think it means; it is really funny–I like it! But, I bet there are very few on this forum that have any idea what it is all about. You have a good day and stay away from HYW91 as much as you can. I avoided it like a bad disease!

    August 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    I like how these liberators will finally get their man. Another field day for the left-wing thugs in Washington with more sickening bravado flying around!!!

    August 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George Patton

    @John Doe:
    LOL!

    August 25, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rights Group: NATO must probe Israeli MOSSAD

    Israeli Arms Manufacturers and Mossad Recruited 50000 Armed ...
    2 Mar 2011 ... Gaddafi regime pays $2000 per day for each mercenary. The mercenaries receive $100 per ... US urges support for Libya mercenaries .... newworldliberty. com/ newsarticle/report-israel-company-recruiting-gadhafi-mercenaries ...www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSPPhbWUpSk

    August 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rights Group: NATO must probe Israeli MOSSAD

    Why would God's chosen nation, Israel, have God"s little helpers, the MOSSAD, recruit troops for God's enemy, Gadhafi? He didn't, they did it without God's help or permission. God has nothing to do with any of this BS. Including Israel.

    August 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rights Group: NATO must probe Israeli MOSSAD

    Israeli Arms Manufacturers and Mossad Recruited 50000 Armed ...
    2 Mar 2011 ... Gaddafi regime pays $2000 per day for each mercenary. The mercenaries receive $100 per ... US urges support for Libya mercenaries .... newworldliberty. com/ newsarticle/report-israel-company-recruiting-gadhafi-mercenaries ...www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSPPhbWUpSk 🙂

    August 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rights Group: NATO must probe Israeli MOSSAD

    @Going in Circles. Well done. Very good information that bloggers here would never have known. Now, they can research this for themselves, or just start attacking us as anti-USA or anti-semetic. They always choose the latter. (shrug)

    August 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jack Daniels

    Not even I can make
    "Rights Group: NATO must probe Israeli MOSSAD"'s posts interesting.

    August 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    @ Rights Group

    your information is absolutely correct. Israeli merecenaries were hired by Ghaddafi regime on contract.

    August 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    @ SWallace

    Thanks for pointing out my lack of grammatical prowess, Teacher. I'll try learning from your posts.
    Perhaps you need to go back to school to brush up on your history. Currently our special forces are carrying out ops in 200 countries . This option would have been successful in the early days of Al – Qaeda right after 9/11 when locating their hide outs was relatively do able. And that is the way we should have gone. Insread of focusing on Iraq.

    There is no such thing as victory the way we have been prosecuting a war in Afghanistan.
    I do feel sorry for your lack of perspective on what has been going on for the past decade in that region.
    I do feel sorry for you

    August 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Folks, S.Wallace pointed out my grammatical mistakes.
    My apologies , the articels missing in my sentences are the mischief of my key board which is like me, aging.
    I would again say this in response to him ridiculing my post.
    That had we gone the way of a covert surgical operation right after 9/11 in Afghanistan, instead of a full scale invasion, we had far better chances of eliminating top leadership of Al-Qaeda. In those early days of Al-Qaeda it would have been possible to locate & hunt them both thru human & other intelligence gathering.
    We focused instead on Iraq. The consequences are staring in the face today in both these regions.

    August 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bill

    And now for the truth, this rebellion had nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with the taliban and al qaeda gaining control of one of the world's largest oil reserves. Even the White House and intelligence community is well aware that al qaeda and the taliban are the ones in control, there is now a very real threat of a resurgent terrorist network backed by money from the tremendous oil reserves in Libya. This is a very serious threat to the US and our allies.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
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