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. laughing out loud

    @saywhat: too bad the taliban had control of Afghanistan making it virtually impossible to do what you've proposed, not to mention the fact that someone else would've taken their places and the taliban would still have training camps in Afghanistan. Nice thought but time for a reality check.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Another thing that the right-wing news media won't talk about is the fact that many outsiders who came to Libya to fight on Qadaffy's behalf have already been slaughtered by these self-styled "liberators". This the right-wing media doesn't want us to know as they wish to sugarcoat these thugs who are np more than foot soldiers for NATO!!!

    August 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. laughing out loud

    @saywhat: yeah saving millions of Kurds and Iraqi's was a crime against humanity. What a misinformed comment to even suggest let alone actually posting it.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. laughing out loud

    It's not NATO who's backing them, it's the muslim brotherhood and the taliban.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. laughing out loud

    Allow me to correct that a tad Joey, NATO's not the chief reason for the rebellion, yes they are lobbing some bombs over and giving vocal support but it's mainly the taliban and the muslim brotherhood that has set up shop in Libya in hopes of gaining control of the country and the wealth of oil there.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dad?

    What a load of craep. NATO bombed teen's of thousands of Libyan citizens from their homes for months on end. When the men, women, and children returned, they found themselves mixed-up with the survivors from other communities who were banding together...labled "rebels" by YOU, Gadhafi, and 50,000 paid mercenaries recruited by the Israeli mossad to fight in Lybia. Who knows the mass-graves we'll be finding in the future, filled with the bones of Libyan folk who would never EVER side with the invading infidels nor any American puppet leader like Karzai in Afghanistan. They learned from Afghanis that it's better to purge a nation of faithful muslims before taking over.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dad?

    And if you are so stupid so as to not think that the CIA has been operating inside of Libya since even before Colonel Gadhafi came along, then what? What did you think the CIA did for a living? Goto Youtube and watch "confessions of an economic hitman", as former NSA operative tells it like it is. And read 'The Teicher Affidavit', sworn testimony from the highest ranking US OFFICIAL to ever come-clean about how Israel helped arm the madman Saddam, AFTER he had commited major atrocities if you think that Israel can do no wrong.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dad?

    Or if you think that the world's government's aren't fooling us all. These guys are all tied-together, for years and years. One day, one of them is a good guy helping US with a bad guy country. The same guy that armed that guy who invaded those guys place but then decided no, not yet. Let's let that guy go and put this guy there and have our guy finance our guys infrastructure construction then those guys get to buy our guys oil an Ng so our guys families can buy those guys plasticrapp and...they are all the same guys. It's so confusing, that even all of the guys are getting confused. And it was supposed to be their idea! Don't you see? he he

    August 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. laughing out loud

    @Dad: libyan rebels have embraced radical islam, rebel leader Hakim al-Sadi(Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi) fought along side al qaeda and the taliban in Afghanistan and recruited al qaeda members for Iraq. Mahmoud Jibril, head of the libyan transitional government is a member of the muslim brotherhood. The rebels cause is nothing short of an Islamic State ruled by sharia law, make no mistake about that. Jibril is currently on his way to China for a meeting not surprisingly so is Kim Jung Ill. This bodes very ill for any hopes of freedom in Libya. This is unquestionably not a fight for freedom but a fight to end the reign of a secular leader who has no ties to the muslim community. The damage al qaeda can do once they've gained access to Libya's rich oil reserves is unthinkable and must be stopped before it comes to fruition.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Louis

    1.4 million $ isn't that a bit cheap? especially when compared to the 27M$ put on Bin Laden's head. If the rebels don't catch him before he heads to the desert or a friendly African country, unlike Bin Laden, Ghadafi could just wait a while, regroup in some remote location, the come back to haunt the new government, staging a coup in order to regain his seat back.

    August 26, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dad?

    Maybe Libya will end up with a big enough government to control themselves as good or better than we are controlled here in the USA.. That would be nice. Expensive, but nice.

    August 26, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. :-)

    You won't think It's so funny before long !

    August 26, 2011 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. :-)

    Very intrigued by your dialog !Running In Circles .

    August 26, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    @ laughing out loud

    9 thousand American soldiers killed. Thousands more wounded & scarred for life, 100.000 plus Iraqi civilians killed. Suicides in our military. A trillion dollars & counting of our national treasure ( up to now 3.6 trillion 0n these wars & climbing).
    A country destroyed & split wide open for militants to walk in from everywhere. Turned into a breeding ground for terrorism. No strategic , political or economic gains. We lost our prestige and clout in a region vital for our geo-poltical interests. Turning entire populations hostile to us.
    Letting countries like China, Russia & Iran consolidate their position in the region.
    Leaving a legacy of corruption & torture we would walk away, if we ever walk away with nothing. Iraq war was a folly & a crime.
    Human rights watch & amnesty international have compiled evidence in a 108 page report to come out for prosecuting Bush- Cheney administration officials for war crimes & crimes against humanity.

    August 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Very few Americans know that in 2001 Taliban had offered & twice to hand over Osama Bin Laden to us if we could prove that he was behind 9/11 attacks. Bush rejected the offer outrightly. Now after expanding thousands of American lives tens of thousands of civilians, a decade of death destruction, we negotiate with them
    Yes the Afghan war was ' rationally' & 'strategically' planned. We are still stuck in these quagmires of our own making.

    August 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
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