Tags: ML | Libya

Gadhafi Says in Audio Recording He's Alive

Friday, 13 May 2011 03:22 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says in an audio recording he is alive after NATO attacks and "in a place where you can't get me."

Gadhafi appeared on state TV but has not previously been heard speaking since a NATO attack on a Tripoli residence two weeks ago, which officials said left his son and three grandchildren killed.

He taunts his opponents in Friday's recording, saying he received many calls of concern following a NATO attack on Bab al-Aziziya, his compound in Tripoli. NATO says it hit on a command and control bunker complex.

Gadhafi says "I tell the coward crusaders. I live in a place where you can't get to me. I live in the hearts of millions."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Eleven Muslim clerics were killed in their sleep by a NATO airstrike Friday on the eastern oil town of Brega, a Libyan government spokesman said.

The spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, says the clerics were among a large group of imams who had gathered in Brega to pray for peace in conflict-ridden Libya. He said 11 imams were killed and 50 people wounded, including five in critical condition.

NATO, responding to the Libyan claim, said it had attacked a command-and-control center used by Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Brega.

"We're very careful in the selection of our targets and this one was very clearly identified as a command center," said an official at NATO's operational headquarters in Naples, Italy, who under the alliance's rules could not be named.

NATO has been intensifying airstrikes in many parts of Libya against troops and installations of Gadhafi's regime in a bid to weaken his campaign against a rebel uprising. One of the recent strikes hit Gadhafi's main compound in Tripoli, the capital, and more strikes were carried out Friday.

Ibrahim said the imams had convened a prayer service on Thursday that was broadcast by Libyan TV. When it ended, they went to guesthouse to spend the night, and the attack occurred as they slept, he said, adding that the house was reduced to rubble.

"NATO proves that it doesn't have a moral center," Ibrahim said. "Now they are moving to kill imams, religious leaders who are calling for peace."

Ali Abou el-Sowa, an imam who accompanied Ibrahim at the announcement of the attack, said NATO "should expect a very harsh reaction from all Muslims."

He referred to Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida terrorist leader killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan last week.

"I would like to remind my brothers ... how Osama bin Laden came into existence," the imam said. "He was reacting to the extremist actions by the West against Islam. We do not think al-Qaida is justifiable, but we would like to remind you that hatred begets hatred."

The alleged strike on Brega came as Gadhafi faced mounting diplomatic pressure to end his 42-year hold on power.

In Washington, a rebel delegation was meeting Friday with officials at the White House. And in the Hague, Netherlands, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said he would seek arrest warrants on Monday for three senior Libyan leaders for murder and persecution — with Gadhafi expected to be among them.

Ibrahim rebutted reports from Europe that Gadhafi may have been injured.

"The leader is in very good health, high morale and high spirits," Ibrahim said. "The timing of the statement is to cover the horrendous crime they committed in the early hours of this morning against our imams."

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ralph Peters: 'Psychological Problem' Makes Obama Indecisive

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 22:57 PM

President Barack Obama isn't making decisions on major world events because he isn't capable of doing so, retired Lt. Co . . .

Republicans Call For Swift Action Against ISIS

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 21:28 PM

Republican lawmakers sounded a clarion call for quick, decisive action against Islamic State (ISIS) militants after the  . . .

ISIS Apologizes - for Releasing Beheading Video too Soon

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 22:40 PM

Islamic State (ISIS) militants apologized after releasing a gruesome video that purports to show the beheading of Americ . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved