September 20th, 2011
11:08 AM ET

U.N. chief applauds Libya revolution; new alleged Gadhafi message surfaces

[Posted at 11:08 a.m. ET] United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday congratulated Libya's National Transitional Council Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil on the apparent success of the Libyan revolution.

"For Libya this is a historic today," Ban said, directing the new Libyan flag to be presented alongside the United Nations flag.

The move drew a standing ovation from those in attendance.

[Posted at 7:53 a.m. ET] National Transitional Council fighters entered the Libyan city of Sabha Tuesday, long regarded as a pro-Moammar Gadhafi enclave.

The rebel fighters have received no resistance so far in the southern city, according to a CNN team accompanying the NTC forces.

[Posted at 7:52 a.m. ET] An audio message purported to be from deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said his political system represented the people's will and could not be overthrown.

The message was broadcast Tuesday on Al-Rai TV, a Syrian-based, pro-Gadhafi television station.

This comes as troops loyal to Libya's new leaders are planning a major assault on Bani Walid, one of the few towns still held by Gadhafi loyalists, a National Transitional Council spokesman there told CNN Tuesday.

"Our fighters are planning a massive attack today to bring the siege to an end," Abdallah Kenshil said.

But the message said Gadhafi supporters are mocking the belief that the longtime ruler and his government can be overthrown.

"This wonderful system is impossible be overthrown," the speaker said. "There is a regime that is being forced on the Libyan people by air and naval bombardment. This is a joke, and its legitimacy is hanging in the air, tied up with bombs and NATO planes that will not last. "

The NTC says forces loyal to the deposed Libyan leader are creating a humanitarian disaster in Bani Walid.

Col. Ahmed Bani told reporters Monday that Gadhafi forces are robbing food stores, leaving civilian residents to starve. He also charged that Gadhafi loyalists are shooting everyone trying to join the revolution, including men, women and children. "They are carrying out mass killings," said Bani, the NTC military spokesman.

"This proves they are trying to destroy the town before it is liberated," he added, calling the Gadhafi forces "criminals" and "killers."

Asked by CNN why, if there is such a humanitarian disaster, NTC forces do not immediately enter the city, the colonel said the problem is "geography." There are tactics the forces must follow to reduce casualties, he said.

Bani Walid is surrounded by anti-Gadhafi forces, he said.

[Posted at 7:00 a.m. ET] An audio message purported to be from deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said his political system represented the people's will and it could not be overthrown. The message was broadcast on a Syrian based, pro-Gadhafi television station Tuesday.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

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  1. Harry Reid

    We live Gaddafi here in Nevada. Please let him come to Vegas to retire. We could use his money for the unemployed here. He could dwell here in a lavish home with many sevants. Neveda is the same in climate. Our politics are the same, rule by force. We Democrats don't compromise, live by the gun. Gaddafi would flourish here.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • gillian

      hmmm. Ok.?

      September 20, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • O'KRIE

      @ Harry Reid, I live in Nevada, I know Harry Reid, Harry Reid is a true son of Nevada. You are no Haary Reid. We have a tea bagger governor who has just endorsed Perry of swagger Texas. May be you are refering to the governor as Gadhaffi. I love Nevada, and thanks to the Wshingtonians, the Oregonians, and of course the great Californians who have relocated to Nevada in the last decade. These good people have mada our state more civilized. Nevada is now a solid swing state and we look forward to re-electing our president.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralf The Dog

      He could take a job as a casino mascot., walk through the gaming rooms waving and handing out chips.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Obama will never be relelected, he may be the worst president ever!!!

      September 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. king troll

    why troll? do any of you even know the origin of the troll? you blunder heads and dullards who blog your dogmatic rhetoric in your egotistical viperish scholium gives you a sense of comfort of actually knowing nothing. keep up the good work.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralf The Dog

      That is only true for the Republican trolls. Democratic trolls are just making an intellectually valid points using humor.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      democrats are just trying to force everything down the ordinary americans throat, and only look out for the unions, get out of here with the democrate republican bullcrap, politicians are politicians, no matter what side they are on they are all for themselves and none of them care about the american people, i didnt vote for president in the last election because both choices were horrible, but you bet your a$$ i voted for scott walker for WI govenor, conceal carry and less power to the unions!!!!!

      September 20, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ed Sr

    Gadhafi is trying to psych them out! He is a psychological combatant! But with the rebels he is also dealing with a bunch of mental cases led by al Qaeda.....a MAJOR mental case!

    September 20, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      you forgot to throw in the evil U.N.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eric Cantorr

    No way Harry, Mitch McConnell, and I have already prepare the guess suite at the ranch. John Boehner made his bed and is preparing his favorite dish. John said he invited Michelle and Sara and Condi may be coming too. Georgee wont make it... he has a cold.

    September 20, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. sunny lovetts

    LIBYAN REBELS ARE ETHNIC CLEANSING THE BLACKS IN THAT COUNTRY! The news doesn't talk about it because they are the governments corporate lap dog! Look up the facts for yourself! Get the word out! Be on the right side of history!

    September 20, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      and most of the "news"would like to see israel and christianity destroyed."the enemy of my enemy is my friend."

      September 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gargamel

    "Rebels" what rebels. These idiots are destroying their own country and murdering their fellow citizens. Europe gets the oil, America the gold and the Lybian people get nothing but a Somalian like state.... When are these people gonna learn?

    September 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chainyanker

      This is an ignorant statement, are you a conservative?

      September 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Story of Gaddafi

    STORY OF GADDAFI IN A NUTSHELL–

    Moammar (Ashkelon) Gaddafi never enjoyed his life.

    Since 1969, the tyrant was consumed daily with plotting and planning to wipe out the Libyans.

    He stole trillions of $ of oil revenues over 42 years and used it to buy weapons to kill them.

    He built many kilometers of underground tunnels and built underground hospitals, thinking these would save him.

    The dumb man never expected there to be a NATO helping the Libyan people or the Internet evidence of his atrocities in 2011.

    He and his family did themselves in with their limitless stupidity, arrogance, greed, and evil.

    Now all that's left to do is find all the Gaddafis and execute the vermin.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Atrocities of Gaddafi

    youtube . com / quatchicanada

    September 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Haha.. someone really needs to work on production quality of these staged scenes. Love how a 30-40 guys in an abandoned looking section of town is being passed off as some country-wide celebration of liberty. How much money did you give them in return for dancing around and singing? CNN, are you even on location in Libya or is this all done in a studio? Either way, it's pathetic and totally fake. STOP PROPAGATING YOUR FAKE MADE-FOR-TV LIBYAN REVOLUTION, PLEASE. Thanks.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chainyanker

      BBC, Al Jazeera and NHK are airing the same news, do you think it is a huge conspiracy? Or that you are just delusional and don't know it?

      September 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JOE

    While the UN applauds the milestone reached in Libya by the rebels, I wonder if the GOP is goanna consider impeaching the UN secretary general for supporting this mission.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. alex

    The taliban nad al qaeda gaining control of libya isn't something we or the UN should be cheering.

    September 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. alex

    The taliban and al qaeda gaining control of libya isn't something we or the UN should be cheering.

    September 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @king troll:

    Sounds like somebody needs a hug.
    Or a nap.

    September 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    @Gillian ZOOM YOUR PHONE TILL THE PRINT IS REAL SMALL AND ITS FASTER TO PAGE THROGH ALSO UP DATE YOUR PAGE FREQUENTLY SEE IF THAT MAKES IT EAZIER 🙂

    September 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sjdsh

    Gadhafi is anti-NWO and fights for rights of all oppressed and suffering people.Example is his fight against UN usual B S.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
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