miércoles, 24 de agosto de 2011

After crippling defeat in Tripoli, NATO pledged to continue bombings

After the rebels, Qatari mercenaries and a British landing party were lured into a trap in Tripoli are almost completely exterminate, only a small part of them managed to escape from the city, military alliance pledged to carry out air strikes against Libya because 70% of Libyan rebel forces were killed inside Tripoli.

"Our military mission has not changed,'' Lavoie, a spokesman NATO, said on Tuesday.

"We will conduct strikes wherever necessary,'' he told journalists in Brussels via video-link from NATO's headquarters in Naples, Italy.

Earlier in the day Davutoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, held a joint press conference with Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the leader of the Western-backed "national transitional council (NTC)", in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

"Security support provided by NATO forces will continue until security is fully established in Libya," he said.

Meanwhile, the rebels claimed that they have overrun a former residence of Col. Gaddafi now a museum in Bab al-Azizya south of Tripoli. Earlier, the rebels claimed that they had captures Col. Gaddafi's children and the city of Tripoli, but the reports turned out to be lies.

The rebels "broke through the gates of Bab al-Aiziya [and] some opposition fighters managed to enter the government's stronghold in the Libyan capital," Al Jazeera's correspondent Zeina Khodr said, reporting from the compound on Tuesday.

Gunfire rang out, the correspondent added, without explaining if the rebels were shot dead there.

Exactly the same story was reported by an AP correspondent. He claims that he saw some rebel enter the museum compound but never saw them coming back, alive. Both correspondents didn't dare to enter the compound themselves and see what had happened there.

30 journalists remained in Tripoli's Rixos hotel on Tuesday, fully disinterested in the crippling defeat by Libyan Army of the coalition of rebels, British paratroopers and Qatari mercenaries because their are forbidden to report on it by their editors.. The New York Times only reported that journalists from the BBC, CNN and other international news organizations were stuck inside the hotel with no electricity and described the hotel as a "prison".

Department of Monitoring

Kavkaz Center

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