TNC leader warns of Gaddafi threat
Abdul Jalil Mustafa, the Chairman of the Transitional National Council said fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who disappeared over a week ago, still poses a threat to Libya and the entire world. Abdul Jalil, in a speech delivered during a meeting of defense ministers from countries supporting the Libyan revolution in the Qatari capital, Doha, urged NATO to continue to support the TNC.
He said in his speech: "I appeal to NATO and its allies to continue to protect us from this tyrant."
On the ground, Ahmed Bani, a military spokesman for the rebel forces, said that the city of Tarhunah was fully under the control of the rebels. In addition, the rebels control the road between Tripoli and Sabha in preparation for their move to Sirte, the hometown of Gaddafi .
A spokesman for NATO in Brussels, said NATO planes have been bombing Sirte during the past three days. Another military commander said his forces are at a distance of 100 km east of the city after capturing the town of Al Jawad. Other forces are advancing from the west. Some rebel commanders believe that Gaddafi and his entourage fled to Sirte. But other rumors suggest that Gaddafi is still hiding in Tripoli or fled to Algeria.
And along the coastal highway east of Tripoli, eyewitnesses spoke about convoys of Soviet-made T-55 tanks in the direction of Sirte. Rebels said that the tanks were seized from a military base left by Gaddafi's troops in Zliten.