Skip to comments.Libya Live thread 2-25-2011...the final battle?
Posted on 02/25/2011 7:21:15 AM PST by janetjanet998
reports are that parts of Tripoli have fallen and 10,000's protestors and former army soldiers are marching towards the center
1457: The Guardian correspondent Martin Chulov tweets from Benghazi: "The Mitiga air base is confirmed to have fallen in Tripoli. #Libya. #Ghaddafi. Planes that strafed citizens took off from here."
Reports multiplying of army/security force defections and growing crowd of protestors from Toojora area massing and marching towards central Tripoli
AJ English caller from Tripoli attempted to describe mass march....phone went dead after loud voice (via translation) shouted that he was forbidden to call
The regime is doomed. Qaddafi’s secret police goons and mercenaries won’t be able to save his rapidly crumbling dictatorship.
It could be all over by Sunday.
The best we can hope for now is that whoever succeeds Gaddafi isn’t an islamist.
If they took the air base this is HUGE. Won’t be long then before it’s a done deal...but then there of course is the aftermath...as one Libyan said...”Who would have thought we’d find ourselves rebuilding our country from kids on the interenet.”
.Gadhafi militia open fire on Libya protesters
BENGHAZI, Libya Militias loyal to Moammar Gadhafi opened fire on protesters streaming out of mosques in the Libyan capital on Friday, demanding the regime’s ouster, witnesses said, reporting at least four killed. Across rebellious cities in the east, tens of thousands held rallies in support of the first Tripoli protests in days.
Protesters chanting for Gadhafi’s ouster streamed out of mosques near downtown Tripoli’s Green Square and other districts after prayers, and they were confronted by troops and militiamen who opened fire, said several witnesses. Gunmen on rooftops in streets near the square shot down on marchers, they said.
One witness reported seeing three protesters killed in the Souq al-Jomaa area near the square, and another reported a fourth death in another district, Fashloum. The reports could not be immediately confirmed.
“There are all kind of bullets,” said one protester near the Souq al-Jomaa, screaming in a telephone call to The Associated Press, with the rattle of shots audible in the background.
“The situation is chaotic in parts of Tripoli now,” said another witness, who was among marchers in adjacent Algeria Square and said he saw militiamen firing in the air. Armed Gadhafi supporters were also speeding through some streets in vehicles, he said. Residents hiding in their homes also reported the sound of gunfire in other parts of the capital.
Aren’t they all islamists over there one way or the other?
Haha. While I will hope and pray for that, I see no chance of that not happening.
If they want to end the regime, they’ll first have to FIND Gaddafi. He’s probably in a better hidey-hole than Saddam was.
He is likely also guarded by fierce loyalists.
I also think he’ll eat a gun before being taken. It’s probably better than what the crowd may do to him if they get their hands on him. Think “Mussolini”.
The army will probably take over from Qaddafi. But writing a democratic constitution is a tall order for a nation that has never known democracy.
Qaddafi apparently misread the import of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions and thought he could ride out the storm. It turned out to be a fatal miscalculation.
Once people stopped being afraid, the tide turned despite all the power the state had on its side against an unarmed population.
And the feeling for people is an exhilarating one. They never thought this day would come. The dictator turned out to be no match for them.
His mercenaries and goons are just enraging people and spurring them on. It reminds me of Iran in my youth, when the Shah’s army tried to put down protests all over the country. They mothballed and within a few months, the Shah was gone. We are seeing the same scenes now in Libya. Qaddafi will either commit suicide or be shot like Ceausescu. The end of his bloody regime will be a bloody one.
This is gonna be evil, he’s gonna get mussolini’ed along with his family.
We’ve had one going for days:
Anyone keeping track of the threat vectors that Khadaffy has spent 4 decades winnowing out...?
: BREAKING:.... Reports of a split between members of the Khamis brigade, when confirmed this should signal the end of the tyrant ....3 minutes ago via web
Very credible reports that Souq al Juma area of Tripoli has fallen out of regime control.....3 minutes ago via TweetDeck
Not less then 30,000 heading to Green square, people dead in janzoor West of Tripoli Libya ....36 minutes ago via web
Why would folks that practice Islam vote for an un Islamic governance? What was that West said about sunshine and skittles?