Sunday, September 4, 2011

Libyan Fighter outside Gadhaffi’s Stronghold

Fighters pushed to the outskirts of one of Moammar Gadhafi's last strongholds of support, setting the stage for possible clashes ahead of this week's deadline for loyalists of the ousted leader to surrender.

Saadi Gadhafi, one of Gadhafi's sons, told CNN's Nic Robertson in a phone dialogue that negotiations aimed at a truce had been going well, but that an "aggressive" speech broadcast by his brother, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, a few days ago caused talks to break down. He said he saw no further point in negotiating and believes the NTC is ready to go into Bani Walid.

Abdallah Kinshel, the NTC negotiator, said the planned talks fell apart after local leaders refused to come to the chosen meeting spot -- a mosque outside of town -- and required the NTC fighters come into the town unarmed which the anti-Gadhafi forces refused.