October 17th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Government forces take over Gadhafi stronghold

One of the last Libyan cities loyal to ousted ruler Moammar Gadhafi is now under control of  the country's new government, National Transitional Council military spokesman Abdelrahman Busin said Monday.

Earlier, Monday Salah Beniran, a field commander in Bani Walid for the new government, said his troops were closing in on full control of the city after taking the city's main hospital Monday night. At the time, he said Gadhafi troops remained in Klomat, an area east of the city center, but that many of the troops were fleeing.

About 20 of Gadhafi's troops were captured on Saturday as government forces began sweeping areas they control in the city.

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  1. alex

    Oh how I remember 3 months ago when people always said the rebels would NEVER get into tripoli and that ghaddafi was going to beat nato.

    October 17, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Let's see if this new NTC government can truly bring in some 21st century civility to this place; doubtful, given the endless bloody tribal and religious wars that have been at the core of their very national character for centuries. At least WE didn't get involved in this mess too!

    October 17, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Oh yes we did, Bill. Anybody with half a brain would know that without NATO airstrikes and NATO troops there backing them up, these self-styled "liberators" didn't stand a Chinaman's chance of winning. Actually, this is no more, no less than the NATO conquest of Libya in disguise! Now Libya will be no more than another NATO satellite state!!!

      October 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Nato satellite? Sounds much better than what you *were* saying. Something about al qaeda/muslim brotherhood/blah blah.. Which side are you on?

      You'd really prefer the world hated us. You must not be from 'round here.. How many friends and allies are too many?

      October 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      What's 21st century civility? "Civilized" America has already been in three military conflicts that I can think of and it's only 11 years in.

      October 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Amen.

    October 17, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    What's your beef, George?

    October 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I think i figured it out, b. He's a qaedi.. What name would throw people off more than george patton?

      October 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Prez:
    Yesterday he was asking JIF if a certain someone we both know is a troll, and how many usernames he posts under.
    Ironic, no?
    Pot, meet kettle.

    October 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jonathan

    Aaaah, some people will never be satisfied. Darn if you do, damned if you don't. It's not worth engaging haters. They speak mostly out of ignorant emotion rather than facts.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hi, guys and girls.
    Oh, and Mr. President–sorry.
    I haven't used another name for a long time, but if I keep getting all this negative love thrown at me, I'm going back to being cars.
    Big, old cars, of course.
    Maybe with fox tails on the radio antennas.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I don't believe in changing names. Or having no name.. Unless you're a horse in the desert..

      It just feels dirty. Unless you really have nothing to say.. Which doesn't sound like you.

      If you change your name to skirt trolls, then the terrorists win..

      October 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Prez:
    Good advice, I haven't changed my name in a while.
    Not since you told me I'll always be banasy© to you, anyway.
    I agree with you.

    Nice nod to America, BTW.

    @JIF:
    He stole your name when you were cars, too...we always know it's you.
    You're literate.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Ah, but what if the trolls wear skirts?

    October 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Then do em.. If you're into that sorta thing.. And from what i've read lately.... 😛

      October 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cantmakethisup

    I had no idea that Libya had a Governement.

    October 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    KADAFI IS WEARING A PUMPKIN ON HIS HEAD

    October 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |