September 6th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Libyan convoys pass through Niger

Two Libyan convoys have passed through Niger this week, officials there said Tuesday - fueling renewed speculation about the whereabouts of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

One convoy was on its way Tuesday to Niger's capital, Niamey, said a Nigerien military captain.

Another convoy reached Niamey a day earlier, a Nigerien Interior Ministry official said. That convoy included six high-ranking Libyan officials close to Gadhafi, including Gen. Mansour Daw, the source said. Daw is said to be the head of the Revolutionary Guard and is responsible for the security of Gadhafi and his family.

The sources did not want to be identified because neither is authorized to speak to the media.

Abdallah Kenshil, chief negotiator for Libya's National Transitional Council, said Tuesday a convoy left the pro-Gadhafi stronghold of Bani Walid three days ago.

"We believe that Saif al-Islam Gadhafi was part of that convoy," Kenshil said, referring to a Gadhafi son who vehemently defended his father's regime.

NATO said Tuesday that while it "continuously receives reports" about weapons, vehicles and even convoys of vehicles moving throughout Libya, "we do not discuss the intelligence and surveillance information we collect."

"To be clear, our mission is to protect the civilian population in Libya, not to track and target thousands of fleeing former regime leaders, mercenaries, military commanders and internally displaced people," a NATO official said in an e-mailed statement.

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  1. tyree

    I am not a niger. I am an african american.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    So the head of their 'revolutionary guard' is in Niger? Good enough for me – war over, yay!

    September 6, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. O.o

    Coralert going off: trooooolllllllllllllllll!

    September 6, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. @outalimit

    With all the drones and other US war tools such as NATO jets flying over Libya days and nights, policing the borders in search of the wanted Mr. Gadahfi and his inner circle, woops-he got out! That's bulls, Mr. Gadahfi was allowed by his friends; the CIA to quietly slip away, or he is still in Libya.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    Let's just hope that both Mohammar Qadaffy and his son Saif al Islam do get away. I can't stomach seeing these people sitting before some C.I.A. orchestrated kangaroo court receiving phoney justice to further glorify NATO!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Thank you George, I totally agree as I feel the same way you do.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT

    HOPEFULLY THEY have locks on their hubcaps...

    September 6, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    So one thinks the cia would help him get away, the other that the cia would put him on trial.

    It's why i ignore conspiracy theories. Consistency, people..

    The government simply isn't as clever as people give it credit for. From what *i've* seen, everything they touch turns to sh!t..

    September 6, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Travis

    Let’s just hope that both Mohammar Qadaffy and his son Saif al Islam never get away. I can't wait to see these people sitting before the C.I.A. and the world court receiving justice and further glorifying NATO!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom Posey

    Good posting Travis,thank you. You said it all.

    September 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Bear

    We got us a convoy, BJ! 10-4, good buddy!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    Last 5 post really bord Patton posey travis and bear are same person and quite pathetec

    September 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Drakorex1

    And just when I thought there were no more war stories now they be messin with us black folks again!!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Ya drakoropuss ya dink yu doo smurt gotcha fingerd out

    September 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. @Gungwho?

    Tard, speak english and what is your act? please explain how you can not want to kill yourself?

    September 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    Let me say this though your life drakopuss your life has to be really pathetic with nothing better to do than to interrupt other peoples conversations You have to have no friends and your just starving for attention Well do us a favor Either grow up or go away

    September 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
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