September 12th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Forces stalled near Gadhafi stronghold amid reports of in-fighting

Libya's new leaders are moving to unite fractious, heavily armed bands of fighters under a single control, even as the forces struggled Monday to take control of Moammar Gadhafi's last bastions of support.

The announcement Sunday by the head of the National Transitional Council followed reports of in-fighting and arguments among bands of fighters stalled outside the town of Bani Walid after encountering stiff resistance during an assault.

Syrian television station Al Rai on Monday, meanwhile, said it would air a message from Gadhafi. The station ran a banner allegedly quoting the ousted Libyan leader as saying, "We cannot surrender Libya to imperialism once like the agents/spies want us to now. So we have no option but to kill until victory and to destroy this attempted overthrow."

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  1. banasy©

    Ghadafi threatening to kill everyone so he can remain in control.
    I'm shocked and appalled.
    And now the rebels are fighting each other....

    September 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT ( enviormental activist & smeller of fine wines )

    i wonder if there is any deals on vacations to lybia to be had..

    September 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat2u

    I'm not one to say I told you you so, But "----"

    September 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Omar

    Ghadafi is a US friend that Obama turned on to put his muslim radical friends in Libya. They have many missles now so I am afaid US planes will be shot down by these terrorist. Why could the good people of America let this happen?

    September 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @omar: Mo, a US friend?? Where have you been for the last thirty years?

      September 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yada

    Isn't a Captain supposed to go down with his ship? Wonder where he's hiding. French Riviera? Aruba? Pakistan?

    September 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jordan scene©

    I'm almost willing to bet that less people would have died had Ghadafi stayed in power, instead of the worlds nations knocking at his door with an eviction notice.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u

    The article says the rebels have stalled out. Maybe they need to check their air filters. With all that sand and dust, that's enough to stall anything.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat2u

    Oh yeah, one more thing. About a week ago, the rebels claimed they had Ghadafi surrounded with him having no way to escape. Has anyone heard any further developments on this ?

    September 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. justathought

    I expected fighting among thr rebals, but not this soon. Like I've said, these people have always fought among themselves, and they always will.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      My sentiments exactly.

      September 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jordan scene©

    @justathought, agreed. I tried to express that in a much more long winded previous post, but it didn't pass the filter so I just kept it short and simple for my sake. If they're already fighting amongst themselves, what's to stop the new governing body, whomever it may be, from doing what ghadafi did? Also isn't it true some rebel groups went on retribution killing sprees against the darker skinned libyans because they figured they were all in league with ghadafi?

    September 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. james

    There's in fighting because this is an al qaeda, taliban, muslim brotherhood operation and they're struggling to see who will be the supreme voice of Libya. Nothing surprising about this development at all. This never was about freedom, it was always about radical islamists taking over as much of the middle east as they could/can get their hands on. This will prove to be one of the BIGGEST blunders in US foreign policy ever, good going Obama you did the pooch this time.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      No, this is about Western Imprialism versus Islam. When these self-styled "liberators" took over in Libya, it was a victory for Western neocolonialism over Islam and Islamic Socialism under Mohammar Qadaffy. To my chagrin, these clowns will take over this bastion too, completing their so-called "glorious" victory! Another blow to Islam another field day for the right-wing thugs in Washington!!!!!!!

      September 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. asdf

    Even the Northern Alliance wiped up after taking the capital rather quickly. Dumb and Dumber explains why this azzclown stayed in power for four decades.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kerry

    Even for the Gadhafis this has to be an embarrassment. Where is their dignity?

    September 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    Post at 5:35 wasn't me it was a nasty troll. As I said this was all about extremist islamic groups wanting to take over as much of the middle east as they can. It never was about freedom.

    September 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SMH@U

    james@5:35 is the George Patton Troll.

    September 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • gung hoe

      Another weak minded Tea Partier here mocking Gen. Patton. I guess that they envy this guy for having enough sense to sat something on this web page, whereas none of these Tea Partying bozoes do. If people like SMH@U can't post anything intelligent here, they'd do the rest of us a big favor by not posting here at all!!!!!

      September 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
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