September 8th, 2011
09:50 AM ET

Anti-Gadhafi fighters come under fire in Bani Walid

The days of calm that prevailed during negotiations shattered in one of Moammar Gadhafi's last bastions as loyalists fired on advancing opposition fighters, a chief interim council negotiator told CNN Thursday.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the new Tripoli Military Council said Gadhafi is cornered and has no means of escape.

Anees Al-Sharif would not divulge the fugitive leader's location, saying only that Gadhafi was surrounded within a radius of 60 kilometers (37 miles) with no way of leaving the area.

The anti-Gadhafi fighters were on a reconnaissance mission when they came under fire in Wadi Dinar, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) outside Bani Walid, said Abdallah Kenshil, a National Transitional Council member who is negotiating with tribal leaders in Bani Walid for a loyalist surrender.

Kenshil said Gadhafi and his sons, two of whom have been spotted by Bani Walid residents, were attempting to derail the peace talks.

"We know that Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and Mutassim Gadhafi are inside Bani Walid," he said. "Eyewitnesses we know by name inside Bani Walid told us they saw them."

Libya's new leaders have imposed a Saturday deadline on Gadhafi loyalists in the town to lay down their arms or face military force.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    I have been waiting for one of the loyalist to turn the gun on him. It only takes one who hates the regime and see that the jig is up.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alex P Keaton

    Once the fighting is over, hopefully oil prices will drop even more.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Second that.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. George Patton

    Hopefully the anti-Qadaffy fighters will eventually lose out but I guess that's only wishful thinking on my part. What makes me sick here is seeing the right-wing thugs in Washington having their gigantic field day over the so-called "rebel" victory which without the cursed air and naval from NATO that "glorious" victory would never have happen in the first place!!! And now for the trolling to begin here...........

    September 8, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    The rebels say they have Ghadafi surrounded. I'll believe that when they show the proof with his physical body, dead or alive. Talk is cheap. Remember, these are the same people that claim to have captured Ghadafis sons. Propaganda ? Perhaps, but the proof is in the pudding. Show Me

    September 8, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Gadafi has, like, 900 sons, doesn't he?
    His kids are an army in themselves!

    Hin bobcat2u.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Quit stealing names and no one will troll you.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scotish Mama

    Good post George Patton,thank you. You said it all.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat2u

    Hi banasy ! I think the last count was 902 with at least 10 more in the hangar. lol

    September 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ifeanyi

    Bush, Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy has destroy the world

    September 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Scottish Mama 11:55=George Patton troll.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Lmao! "In the hangar"?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    @george: Mo needs every loyalist he can find. Maybe you can still fly into chad..

    September 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |


    September 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. @outalimit

    "Bani walid" that's where the (rats) rebels are saying the Gadhafi sons are now; that will give them, along with NATO the green light to move in on another safe heaven for black Africans (Gadhafi loyalist), there the rats will, in addition to the 60 thousand already killed, wipe out another 5 – 10 thousand! Then we'll hear that the Gadhafis were not found there–but now they know where they are, on so on, until the etnic clensing of true Libyans is complete...all part of the new world order President Bush spoke of, the negotiated settlement with the Arabs (Al-qaidea). "Arabs over Africans" the world's leaders are saying, you can't beat em, friend em!

    September 9, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ba'al

    The terrorist western backed rats claim to have the leader of Libya surrounded, on three sides. LMAO. Just like they had captured 3 of his sons but somehow they all got away before the rebels could offer any proof of ever having caught them.
    This is one time I am glad to be retired American military special ops as I would certainly hate to be involved in any of this mess. Another Islamist state and extreemist one at that in the making that will give the west a rude awakening when they are given full control of the oil and gas wealth of Libya. At least before the western backed terrorists the country was very secular and were even at least tolerant towards blacks.

    September 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |