September 28th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

Libyans claim Gadhafi hiding near western border town

Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is believed to be hiding out near the town of Ghadamis under the protection of the Tuareg tribe, an interim government military spokesman told CNN Tuesday.

"We have reliable information that Gadhafi is protected by the Tuareg tribe located between Niger, Algeria, and Ghadamis town in Libya," said Col. Abdul Basit.

He said Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam is in Bani Walid and Mutassim is in Sirte. Those are the two places in Libya that remain contested with loyalist Gadhafi forces fighting to the bitter end to retain control.

Basit did not provide insight as to how the interim government discovered Gadhafi's whereabouts and the claims could not be verified. The National Transitional Council has in the past made claims that turned out to be false.

Ghadamis lies in western Libya, on the border with Algeria. Tuareg tribesmen, known as capable mercenaries, have helped Gadhafi loyalists escape Libya across the expanses of the Sahel.

During his rule, Gadhafi often turned to the nomadic Tuareg to bolster his forces and his attempts to manipulate and destabilize the poor countries to the south of Libya: Niger, Chad and Mali.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, has arrest warrants out for Moammar and Saif al-Islam Gadhafi. They are wanted for alleged crimes against humanity committed after the start of the Libyan uprising in February.

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  1. the Prophet

    I'm relieved to see Mr. Gadhafi still has the support of the people. I'm sorry to see Obama can't keep his hands out of other countries affairs. Oil has that effect on people who crave it and have to steal it. Wein the USA need a real man to be President so hopefully only 1 more year of this bumbling fool.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Very well said, the Prophet. Thank you but I'm not so sure about getting rid of this Muslim-hating bozo Obama. I guess that's just his way of getting even with his father who in fact either is or was a Muslim himself!

      September 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    [sarcasm] Of course, it's all all Obama's fault. [/sarcasm]

    September 28, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Swing State Ohio

      Yes it is Omaba's fault and we all know it now. There will be no mistake next year. We independents have learned. 3 years of misery have shown we made a mistake on the last election. Not this time.

      September 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat2u.

    Now will people understand my skepticism about any statement these rebels ( whoops ) revolutionaries ( whoops ) anti-ghadafi forces make ? Just two or three weeks ago they claimed they had Ghadafi surrounded with no way for him to escape. Now he's hiding in a western border town. This is getting as bad as all the Elvis sightings.

    Good morning banasy.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • lee

      yep they are going to drop him in the ocean too

      September 29, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Good morning, bobcat2u.

    It's beginning to sound like a bad episode of the Keystone Cops or the Three Stooges.

    Maybe David Copperfield made him dissapear....

    September 28, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u.

    Yeah, that news about Libya is getting so old. If there were some real facts coming out of there, it would be a different story. But these unsubstantiated claims by the rebels is so last month.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Aksil

    How dare an arabian dictator seek refuge among his ennemies? I feel sorry for some CNN reporters who ignore the socio-political map of North-Africa.
    Kadhafi has violently banned ALL amazigh (aka berber) existance since he held power in 1969. His goal is wipe out the amazigh dimension over the face of Libya. The twaregs who are the inhabitants of the desert were displaced multiple times and were never looked at at humans but called names as their peers in the Western Mountains such as "Pigs", "dogs" "trash" and so forth.
    Not to ignore the fact that Kadhafi has recruited mercenaries from sub-saharan coutrnties such as Mali, Niger and Tchad. Sadly, among those were some twaregs who where lied to, as if they were to fight ElQaida in Libya. But NONE of the Native Libyan Twaregs were among those mercenaries. This fact is very important to know!
    Today, the amazigh civil society is fleurishing in Libya, since Kadhafi just went hiding like a RAT in the desert on his armored Mercedes!
    Also, should CNN know that Gadames is L-I-B-E-R-A-T-E-D! Means that the local twaregs are not inclined to help such a dictators who once was their ennemy to be welcomed among them.
    On the top of that, the media should not ignore that the Libyan TWAREGS are not naive to be fooled by an arabian dictator. That behavior runs in their blood!
    Best regards,

    September 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lee

    lets talk about the bushes and their greed for oil dont you remember weapons of mass destruction

    September 29, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. @outalimit

    The fact of the matter is this; it's nither presidents clinton, bush or Obama who dictates these events around us–instead they react to them! There are teams such as the CIA and others who lit the match and keep the issue in the news to grab our attention. The world become insence and in come the UN and subsequently NATO! The script they are working from is called (the new world order) G.Wm Bush told us about it saying "read my lips" with the exception of those on here who are helping to push the news in favour of that script, the rest if us are just here for the ride–like it or not.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. stephanie

    it's ironic that nato is lead by the french and the english,who caused nothing but misery for the african people during their colonial rule.the real warcrimial are sarcozy and his english goons.Time to put them on trial.

    September 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Starr

      Well said Steph! Nice to meet you, Babe!

      October 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |