October 6th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Anti-Gadhafi forces capture area in Bani Walid

Libyan revolutionary fighters drove out Moammar Gadhafi's forces from strategic posts in the hills of Bani Walid Thursday, as fighting raged in one of the last remaining loyalist strongholds.

The hills lie on the northern front of the fighting in Bani Walid and were infested with snipers, said Abdulla Kenshill, a National Transitional Council spokesman in the city.

The interim council fighters were also able to confiscate much of the heavy weaponry used by the Gadhafi loyalists.

Kenshill said two of the council's fighters were killed in a rocket attack Wednesday night.

Gadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, is believed to be hiding out in Bani Walid. That city and Sirte, the coastal birthplace of Gadhafi, remain contested even as the National Transitional Council moves forward to form new governance in Libya.

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  1. leeintulsa


    October 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u.

    One small step for rebelhood. One giant leap for the transitional council.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. justathought

    Thank goodness they must have been lousy snippers, or lousy rifles–or both.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. justathought

    Some how this turns my thoughts to things in the U.S. If things got really nasty between American protesters and the federal government over a hot issue that most Americans agreed with the protesters and the National Guard was called in, how many armed military men would actually fire on their own country men [people] to kill them?

    October 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u.

    That's a very interesting thought @justathought. I've wondered the same thing myself. Hopefully the troublemakers won't be able to incite the crowds and we won't find out.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. justathought

    I hope not either, but I do think of things that have happened in other countries that had oppressive govrnment leaders. I see the American people being very angry with the president and congress especially with the economy that rebelion could be a very real thing easily that could incit many thoughtless people into taking part in an agressive protest.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat2u.

    Yeah, that's kind been the I've been looking at it. It just takes a couple idiots and a couple trigger happy enforcement officers for it to go downhill very quickly.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George Patton

    I suppose that the right-wing thugs in Washington are going to fly into a big fat Hazzah over this "victory" too!!! It never ends!!!!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |