Several west Libya towns in opposition hands: official

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, February 27, 2011 14:43 EDT
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NALUT, Libya (AFP) – Several towns in western Libya have been taken by opposition forces, which are now preparing to march on the capital, a member of a revolutionary committee told AFP in the town of Nalut.

An AFP reporter arriving in Nalut, a town of 66,000 people, 235 kilometres (146 miles) west of Tripoli, found that strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s loyalist security forces had entirely disappeared from the streets.

“The city has been liberated since February 19. It has been run by a revolutionary committee named by the town’s communities,” local lawyer and committee member Shaban Abu Sitta told AFP.

“The towns of Rhibat, Kabaw, Jado, Rogban, Zentan, Yefren, Kekla, Gherien and Hawamed have also been free for days. In all these towns, Kadhafi’s forces have gone and a revolutionary committee put in place,” he said.

“We have placed ourselves under the authority of the interim government in Benghazi,” he explained, referring to the opposition shadow regime formed by former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil in the east of the country.

“Along with all the free towns on the mountain of Djebel Nafusa and those on the other side of the mountain, we are preparing forces to march on Tripoli and liberate the capital from Kadhafi’s yoke,” Abu Sitta said.

The AFP journalists travelled to Nalut from the Tunisian border, 60 kilometres away, among the first Western reporters to cross Libya’s western frontier since the uprising against Kadhafi began.

Confirmation that western Libya is also slipping from the veteran leader’s grasp, came as the protest leaders that have driven his forces from the east of the country established a transitional “national council”.

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  • Anonymous

    Good, too bad the bankers will probably put another puppet in, if the new leader follows the IMF/World bank BS and supports invasion of Iran then you know that is what happened.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Our knowledge of the ancient Sahara was revolutionized by the publication, in 1957, of the results of Henri Lhote’s investigations of the rock paintings of the central Sahara. These paintings indicate that there was a time when chariots drawn by horses crossed the Sahara from the Mediterranean coast to the river Niger. This indicates that the process of desiccation of the Sahara had reached a point in which transportation by river was no longer possible from the Great Chotts to the Ahaggar and from there to the Niger, but the land could still support horses. One principle used by Lhote in dating this chariot route is the fact that the horses are portrayed on the rock painting according to style conventions that occur in Mycenaean art. Lhote assumes that the Mycenaeans, like the Greeks who followed them, had colonized Cyrenaica and that from there had advanced into the Sahara area. There can be no doubt that the chariot route reached the Ahaggar from the Mediterranean; Lhote assumes that from there it went south to the Niger at Gao. To the north of the Ahaggar the route went through the present oasis of Ghat. In order to be conservative Lhote marks the route as going directly from Ghat to the Mediterranean at Tripoli; but in so doing he does not prove consistent, since he had indicated that the route must have come into contact with Mycenaean civilization at Cyrenaica. In fact rock paintings of horses are found also in the present oasis of Fezzan, which indicates that the chariot route must have gone from Ghat to the Fezzan and from there to Cyrenaica through the present oasis of Jalo. In substance the chariot route must coincide with the trade route described by Herodotus, a route that Lhote recognizes as going from Cyrenaica to the Ahaggar through the oases of Jalo, the Fezzan, and Ghat. It can be assumed that this chariot route must have existed up to roughly 1000 B.C.

    –Livio Stecchini, Unpublished manuscript available online.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Qaddafi’s end is coming and I hope it’s neither quick not swift but long and agonizing. It’s the least he deserves. Al Jazeera is reporting that he is being encircles and all of Libya is in the rebels’ hands except for some areas outside of the Tripoli and within the city itself. Also, there’s another report from PressTV with more details:

    Libyan protesters control western cities


    Libyan pro-democracy protesters have taken control of several western cities while they are trying to seize the capital city of Tripoli.

    Main cities, including Zawiyah, some 50 kilometers (31miles) west of Tripoli, were seized on Sunday following the liberation of a number of eastern towns, AFP reported.

    Forces and foreign mercenaries loyal to defiant ruler Muammar Gaddafi have left Nalut, a town 235 kilometers (145 miles) west of Tripoli, according to reports.

    Protesters are now planning to march on Tripoli where Gaddafi is holed up after they liberated most eastern parts of the country.

    Protest leaders have set up a “national council” in the liberated east and urged the Libyan army to help them take control of Tripoli. They are calling for an end to the long-time rule of Colonel Gaddafi.

    However, the forces loyal to Gaddafi continue the violent suppression of peaceful protesters and reportedly bombarded them again.

    Former Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Al Jeleil, who recently resigned in protest to the atrocity of Gaddafi forces, has said a transitional government will be formed before an election.

    In an effort to pressure Gaddafi to stop the killing of civilians, the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on Gaddafi and his cronies and referred him to the International Criminal Court.

    Two thousand people have been reportedly killed in the violence so far despite the regime’s denial that any kind of force has been used against the people.

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