Gaddafi predicts victory within days

16 Mar

In this image taken from Libya State TV, broadcast Tuesday March 15, 2011, showing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as he faces a jubilant crowd, and shown on state TV. Gadhafi's forces are reported to have overwhelmed rebels in the strategic eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya, earlier Tuesday, hammering them with airstrikes, missiles, tanks and artillery. (AP Photo / Libya State TV)

LIBYA, March 16, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is predicting victory within days, as his forces push towards the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

As reported by Radio New Zealand News on Wednesday, world powers are still debating whether or not to impose a no-fly zone to help stop him.

At an evening rally in a huge tent in the capital, Tripoli, Colonel Gaddafi condemned the rebels as rats, dogs, hypocrites and traitors.

As he spoke, thousands of rebels gathered in a square in Benghazi denouncing him as a tyrant.

Their position looks highly vulnerable, however, now that government troops have taken control of the junction at Ajdabiyah, opening the way to Benghazi.

A battle for the eastern town of Brega is apparently still undecided, the BBC reports. The oil town has changed hands several times over recent days.

In the west, government forces appear to have retaken Zuwara and have been shelling Misurata.

A Gaddafi victory and the crackdown on protests in Bahrain could turn the tide in the region against pro-democracy movements.  (*)
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