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Muammar Gaddafi’s death – celebration in Tripoli

According BBC, Libya’s transitional government forces have taken full control of Sirte, the last city where Gaddafi loyalists had remained holed up, fighters and reporters say. Soldiers hoisted the new NTC national flag on buildings in the centre of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown.

Unconfirmed reports quote officials as saying Col Gaddafi was captured there. But his supporters are still resisting government forces in the town of Bani

Photo Reuters: Anti-Gadhafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in the town on Thursday.

Walid, south-east of Tripoli. Col Gaddafi is said to be wounded. There is no independent confirmation of the reports. “He’s captured. He’s wounded in both legs,” National Transitional Council (NTC) official Abdel Majid told Reuters news agency. “He’s been taken away by ambulance.”

AFP news agency quoted another NTC official, Mohamed Leith, as saying that Col Gaddafi had been captured in Sirte and was “seriously wounded” but still breathing. A soldier who says he captured Muammar Gaddafi tod the BBC the colonel had shouted: “Don’t shoot!”

The situation remains unclear. No officials can to confirm the rumours that Col Gaddafi has been captured or, as the Reuters news agency is reporting, that he is dead.

Immediately appeared also the first reactions of the international community. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said Libyans should decide Col Gaddafi’s fate. “The fate of Gaddafi should be decided by the Libyan people,” Mr Medvedev was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies, AFP reports. Meanwhile, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the deposed Libya leader’s capture was great news if confirmed. The U.S. State Department on Thursday said it can’t confirm reports that former Libyan leader Col. Gadhafi has been killed. “I cannot confirm the reports about Gadhafi. I am very doubtful about these reports. According to our information Gadhafi was not even in Sirte during this time of fighting,” said Abdul Rahmin Al-Busin, a spokesman for the NTC military.

UPDATE: Libyan fighters say that Col. Muammar Gaddafi has died from wounds sustained during a final push to seize control of the strongman’s hometown of Sirte, claims that haven’t yet been confirmed by the country’s transitional authority or its Western allies that have been aiding the nine-month revolt. Members of the interim National Transitional Council, meanwhile, say that they cannot independently verify the news. The leaders of the NTC were expected to hold a separate press conference in the eastern city of Benghazi as well.

According WSJ: “The news of Col. Gaddafi’s death sparked widespread celebration in Tripoli. News readers on Libyan State Television repeated the earlier claim of his capture and announced the full liberation of the country.”

The official of NTC, Abdel Majid Mlegta, initially said Gaddafi suffered wounds to his legs, but later reported that the deposed Libyan leader was dead. “He was also hit in his head” Mlegta told Reuters. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.” Gaddafi’s body is being transported to a secret location in Misrata. Al – Arabyia Chanel said that received permission to records Gaddafi’s body.


Libya – Operations: Mermaid Dawn and the Morning of a new Iraq

A major international scandal could be brewing following the unofficial admission by NATO commanders that the allies deployed special forces units to help rebels fight Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya despite limitations set by a UN mandate. Plan to conquer the Libyan capital received the codename Operation “Mermaid Dawn” ( in Arabic – amaliyyat Bahr el-Arus Fajr). Perhaps the name is the metaphor that described the city of Tripoli – Bride or Fiancee of the Sea. It can say anything, but not that U.S. strategists are not very sensitive and creative when they have to give names of military operations. 😀

One aspect, however, was very clear from the beginning: the rebel forces could not beat Gaddafi’s troops without active support of Western allies at the ground, training, equipping and the all activities 3C (command, control and communications). When NATO took command of the air exclusion zone imposed (NFZ – no fly zone), those quasi-clandestine operations had to be turned parallel to NATO operations and in any case not have an active and visible tangent with NATO operational command.

The first news about the activities of land appeared in the press at the end of May, probably by Al-Jazeera footage and articles in the Guardian. Latest events in Tripoli and rapid conquest of most neighborhoods of the city, including Gaddafi’s fortified residence in Bab al-Aziz, revealed the participation in planning battles, and often involvement of allied ground forces. These forces included commando of British SAS, 2REP French (Groupe des commando parachutiste) and American Navy DELTA (according Politeia). Since from the beginning to set up the view that Gaddafi could be conquerable only if he loses Libyan capital, Tripoli, Western coordinators have developed the current plan, which is in the process of development in Tripoli. Prominent opposition members confirmed that the rebels had been shipping weapons into Tripoli for several weeks, in preparation for this uprising. After the British newspaper The Telegraph delivered an amazing headline: Libya: Colonel Gaddafi ‘flees’ to Venezuela as cities fall to protestersGaddafi delivered a speech via phone through Libyan media, announcing the date and time to prove his message wasn’t pre-recorded. One transcript of his remarks can be read here.

Operation Mermaid Dawn” has succeeded, after six months of civil war, but viewed from afar the joy rebels in Tripoli is sad and lack of support on long term. An ephemeral euphoria. Behind that are 20,000 dead in these six months of confrontation. Mermaid Dawn will soon be replaced by the Midday Heat of oil wells blown up. And the rebels, who were decapitated, a few days ago, a gold statue of Gaddafi and turned into ruins Gaddafi’s residential, not seem to understand that these days, more strikingly resembles Tripoli with Baghdad in 2003. Slowly but surely Libya is likely to sink into the same species of chaos as in Iraq. Perhaps a swift capture of Gaddafi would provide more or less stability in Libya. But the analysts believe that if we make a parallel with Iraq War, we see that the hanging of Saddam has not changed much for good things. But Gaddafi is not yet found. And the reward offered to catch not yet found willing betrayal. Between two reports of accident  from Fukushima, International Atomic Energy Agency issued a warning of some possible nuclear deposits that would have Gaddafi and that he could uses in the manufacture of “dirty” bombs. It is possible that information is correct. But who can believe it, after never found weapons of mass murder of Saddam Hussein ? Yes, I speak about those famous weapons of mass destruction mentioned in the counterfeit reports of special services that gave the Americans reasons and justification of the invasion of Iraq. The same justification could be base for hunt of Gaddafi by international forces – a justification which Prime Minister Putin seems to missed when recent he condemned again the events in Libya. In reply, Rupert Colville – UN human rights spokesman in Geneva – said: “Assassination is not within the rule of law. If he can be captured alive and the arrest warrants carried through, obviously that’s the best solution”, referring to the hunt for Gaddafi. On the other hand, even if it will catch on Gaddafi, Libya’s stability is not assured from the start. This country means too much fragmented tribes and clans which unlikely to listen to the Transitional Council who comes to power. And while barrels of oil will take the road of the West, will find many dissatisfied who will say that “Gaddafi’s time was better” or “Down the Council !” Then they will blow up a street in Tripoli…or in Benghazi; just only to show their power. Welcome in the morning of a new Iraq !