Libya this week: Circle closes on Gadhafi; new leaders' ties with West strengthen
An anti-Gadhafi fighter carries a rocket-propelled grenade toward the front lines Friday in Sirte, Moammar Gadhafi's hometown.
September 16th, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Libya this week: Circle closes on Gadhafi; new leaders' ties with West strengthen

Battles raged throughout Sirte, Libya, on Friday as anti-Gadhafi fighters tried to extinguish support for Moammar Gadhafi in his hometown.

One wonders how long loyalist forces can hold out, the anti-Gadhafi fighters' thrust into Sirte coming just hours after the presence of NATO-allied leaders David Cameron of Britain and Nicolas Sarkozy of France boasted about the uprising and their support of it in Benghazi and Tripoli.

"We will help you find Gadhafi and bring him to justice," Cameron told cheering Libyans. "The very clear message is that (Gadhafi and his family members) should all give themselves up and they should all face justice."

The Libyan populace greeted the Western leaders warmly, and one family even named a child after the French president, according to a report in The Telegraph.

"My wife was about to give birth on March 19 and Gaddafi was coming to kill us all," Mustafa Bosen is quoted as saying at a rally in Benghazi. "Mr. Cameron and Mr. Sarkozy decided to save my son's life so when he was born on March 21 we named him Sarkozy and I have brought him here today to thank them both."

Elsewhere, at least one Libyan was taking out figurative justice on Gadhafi, burning the former Libyan leader's books and shooting up a banner with Gadhafi's likeness on it. Watch the report from CNN's Ben Wedeman below.

The majority of those taking the fight to pro-Gadhafi strongholds are anything but seasoned soldiers. Wedeman reports below on how they get their training on the run.

Attention was also focused this week on Niger, Libya's southwestern neighbor.

At least three Libyan convoys have entered Niger recently, carrying generals, family members and low-ranking military and security personnel, who were accepted on a humanitarian basis, Niger Justice Minister Marou Amadou said.

A delegation of Libya's National Transitional Council is in Niger's capital asking that Gadhaf's son Saadi Gadhafi be turned over. Watch the report from CNN's Nic Robertson below.

No matter the ultimate fate of Gadhafi and his family members, the fact that he portrayed the West as evil for so many years may now be helping build a bridge between the secular governments of Europe and the United States and what may turn out to be an Islamist government in post-Gadhafi Libya.

"The fact that Gaddafi used (the West) as a common enemy, well, the saying 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend' holds very true here," one member of the National Transitional Council told Time magazine. That may well lead to an Islamist democracy in Libya, along the lines of Turkey and Qatar, according to the Time report.

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  1. Ellen Degenirate

    I smell like the sh:thouse door on a tuna boat.

    September 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rebecca G

    I really do not think that we can understand how it would be to live in Gaddafi's reign unless we were there. What is sad is when American service members complete tours of duty and come home safely, only to be killed or die from a tragic accident. I saw on the news that one of Gaddafi's maids was severely hurt by burning water from Gaddafi's wife who got mad at her.

    September 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alan

    That is nothing compared to what's going to happen in Libya once the taliban and al qaeda take control.

    September 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    Two weeks ago, the "rebels" said they had Ghadafi surrounded and he had no way to escape. I guess they forgot they said that.

    September 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Or they still do? Might be a tough nut to crack?

      September 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Hey leeintulsa, how ya doing today ?

      After the rebels made their statements that they had captured Ghadafis sons, and then they show up in public, I guess it's made me pretty skeptical about anything they say. I hope it is true, but after the last fiasco, I have my resevations.

      September 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOND, JAMES

    With whom exactly are theese rebels aligned?. muslim brotherhood? kill them all

    September 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSCI132

      In a year or less the media and their various government handelers will be unable to hid the fact that terrorists were put in power and Libya is much worse off than before and Italy and France are upset that their payments of oil from the terrorists are not what they were led to believe.

      September 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. alex

    The sheer level is ignorance and stupidity shown in some of the comments posted above is unbelievable.

    The Taliban taking control of Libya? What? There's a higher chance of the mexican drug cartels taking over than the Taliban. Turn off Fox News and stop being an idiot.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. alex

    And these rebels are aligned with an idea we here in the west call freedom. The muslim brotherhood is a political party in Egypt. How can you be so stupid. If you don't know what you're talking about then please don't do it at all.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOND, JAMES

    So you know who is in control do you?. please, there is so much were not being told, no i havent a fuking clue about it, and niether do you. thats my point genius, stop taking things so seriously, our govt. is up to no good, self serving the interests of the elitists that run the show. and i know my public schools edumacation is showin

    September 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. steve

    kick the there ass america #1 country in the world

    September 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kevin

    @alex: you're a dumb @ss so shut up. The leader of the Transitional government is a member of the muslim brotherhood which has very strong ties to the taliban. Another of the leaders who was killed was a member of the Afghan taliban and fought alongside al qaeda in Afghanistan and also recruited al qaeda operatives for Iraq. His name is Hakim al-Sadi(or Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi). Don't post comments when you aren't even informed on the facts even the White House has acknowledged that the taliban is in Libya. Now sit down and shut up moron because you don't know squat about this subject.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kevin

    @alex: BTW
    idiot, the Muslim Brotherhood is a Jihadist group, they found Hamas, the taliban and al qaeda. Learn before you post or just shut up.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kevin

    Founded my mistake

    September 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |