Rebels give loyalist towns until Saturday for surrender
Rebel fighters sit in a car on the road between Misrata and Sirte, Moammar Gadhafi's hometown, on Tuesday.
August 30th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

Rebels give loyalist towns until Saturday for surrender

The head of Libya's interim council set a Saturday deadline for remaining loyalist towns to surrender or face fierce military battles.

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, head of the National Transitional Council, told reporters Tuesday that the rebels are in negotiations with tribal elders and hope that by the end of the Eid holidays, loyalists will surrender in places like Sirte, Moammar Gadhafi's hometown.

Jalil said the rebels hope to "avoid more bloodshed and to avoid more destruction and damage."

But in the end," he said, "it might have to be decided militarily. I hope this will not be the case."

As fighting continued for the last bastions of Gadhafi's grip, the strongman's whereabouts still were unknown. Members of his family, including Gadhafi's wife Safia, two sons - Moahamed and Hannibal - and daughter Aisha escaped to Algeria.

Mourad Benmehidi, Algeria's ambassador to the United Nations, said his nation allowed them to enter on "humanitarian grounds."

Unlike Libya's other neighbors, Algeria has not recognized the authority of the National Transitional Council and that nation's authoritarian government has much to fear with Arab revolutions so close to home.

Jalil said Tuesday that the rebels would ask Algeria to extradite members of the Gadhafi family back to Libya. He also said that once Libyan liberation was complete, the country would set up courts to hear people's complaints against the Gadhafi regime.

Rebel fighters forged ahead Tuesday toward Sirte, situated along the Mediterranean coast between the capital, Tripoli, and the opposition nerve center of Benghazi.

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  1. Better is the day of ones dying...

    ...than the day of one's being born. (your troubles began the day you were born, and end the day you die. ps, don't fall for that "burn in hell" stuff. Would you allow someone to sprinkle gasoline on your pet and burn little kitty cat forever? Nor would God. Not the Christian God nor the Iraeli god nor the muslim god. Well, Israel's god might if he trusted the mossad to care for your dead body)

    August 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. US opposes ICC bid to make 'aggression' a crime under international law

    The Obama administration has resisted efforts by the International Criminal Court to include 'aggression' as a crime, mainly because it could impact US military operations abroad. Currently, American soldiers and paid militia charged with war crimes are sent back home to face the county judge/JAG, and re-enlistment is all that's needed to have the charges dropped. These war criminals are not tried in public, and their victim's never learn if justice was served.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Thank you, you said it all! The right-wing thugs in Washington will spare no effort on their part to see that justice will never be served anywhere. In fact, Barack Obama needs to be indicted and tried for the needless death and destruction in both Iraq and Afghanistan, but tragically enough, that'll never happen!!!

      August 31, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    aww banasy its your birthday? hope youre having a gr8 time girl!

    August 31, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. The TRUTH

    When will the democrats learn that the NTC is the bad guys? Obama is the weakest person who could ever be a President. Shame on us and all the sheep who voted for him. They must like those welfare checks and union pay more that making the right choices in leadership. No wonder who are no longer the leaders of the free world with these clowns in office and the fools who voted for them. God help us.

    August 31, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
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