Götterdämmerung in #Tripoli

Expect a fairly fevered rumour mill over the next few hours and days as the curtain falls on the #Gaddafi regime in #Libya. Reports by @MalikAlAbdeh of Muamar #Gaddafi’s death in #Tripoli have been recanted, having been rapidly and widely retweeted. Various live #Gaddafi speeches have also been broadcast although his exact location and status are far from certain.

Various sources, including @AJELive, have two or three of #Gaddafi’s sons in rebel hands (as of 11pm or so) with little resistance in #Tripoli. Either way, #Libya appears unlikely to be under #Gaddafi control tomorrow.

It’s possible that #Assad will trend sometime soon…

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  • lamhdearg

    i don’t think assad is going to fall. i am watching Tripoli with interest, cnn have one son captured. I wondered if they may have been drawing the “rebels” in to a street battle, where nato would not be able to help, but it looks bad for the gaddafi regime as time passes.

  • John Ó Néill

    I think regime change in Libya (albeit via heavy NATO support) may prompt greater efforts in Syria, but it may also depend on how it plays out over the next 12-24 hours in terms of blood-letting. Whilst this is on the radar, it is always worth looking below the fold of the headlines to see what is rushed out by governments to hide beneath the Gaddafi is Gone main story (fighting in Gaza is getting more intense, too).

  • Mark

    Just heard Tim Marshall ( Sky News go to guy on dictators ) that 15 years ago Gaddafi executed about 1000 prisoners after a jail riot and relatives of the dead will go looking for revenge .

    The next few hours could see some savage acts of payback . Seems only the Compound hasn’t been taken .

    Still I can’t see Gaddafi doin a Tony Montana …

  • lamhdearg

    the next 12-24 hours, for blood letting between the regime and the rebels, then the rebels (if the regime gives up) will start to fight each other. Assad’s trump card is israel, he could attack if pushed, and what would replace him, to risky for the u.s. best just to weaken him in a drip drip fashion. sept is going to be a big month for the region, with hezbollah holding its nerve.

  • Mark McGregor

    Sky’s Alex Crawford is one ballsey reporter and miles ahead of the rest. She deserves awards for her reportage today. Top stuff and a shock it comes from a news channel that often gets it so wrong/tabloid.

  • andnowwhat

    An interesting take on events by Louise Mensch. She is claiming this as a victory for (on his 5th holiday this year) David Cameron thus the #thankyoudavidcameron which, I think, was started by John Prescott

  • Mick Fealty

    Very good Mark. She took a hell of chance by moving in so close to the vanguard rebels. Strange the Beeb had their best reporter on what turned out the wrong side. Clearly caught on the hop.

  • Mainland Ulsterman

    We have a special reason to celebrate, given Gadaffi’s malign role helping terrorists in our province. If he goes to ICC, I hope he faces charges for what he did to us, as well as everything else.

  • lamhdearg

    report just in (jest), Gerry has offered Muammar one of his house’s in donegal, to stay in untill things blow over, offer refused due to 200 pre week Euro asking price, and what happen to our “mutual friend denis”.

  • lamhdearg

    joking aside, i still think (his sons capture aside) that this too easy advance into tripoli could be a millitary move by the regime, to draw the rebels into the city where nato will find it harder to help, bbc now reporting that regime “is shelling parts of tripoli” this could be spin to excuse nato bombing parts of the city.

  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

  • CockyMacDickie

    Behold the western media.

    Look at the lies they told us about Afghanistan and yet now 10 years later after BS story after BS story people still believe what MSM tells them yet in foreign policy matters MSM is nothing more than disinfo/programing. Nato drops bombs in the desert which is why the Libyan army stays out of it.
    The rebels on the other hand are the most absurd bunch of rag tag rejects I have seen in my life time.
    Remember this started 6 months ago……..
    Remember the prisoner the UK released had weeks to live.

    IMHO everything we hear about Libya is all pure nonsense.

  • lamhdearg

    Table of Damascus in Lawrence of Arabia. put this into youtube,
    how i wish i could do links!.

  • oracle
  • lamhdearg

    Thanks oracle, fitting?, we shall see.

  • lamhdearg

    the Masrata do not carry water, the warfella also do not carry water,(war fella you could not make it up). BBC reporter on radio Ulster at 5:20 “rebels have said they intend to withdraw from tripoli tonight as it is too dangerous”, leaving those that celebrated the regimes fall to fend foe themselve’s,

  • lamhdearg

    aljaz live are not even covering this at the moment,they are showing a program on chile’s mining. has it all gone quite, have the rebels and the press(do we still call them rebels) gone out of tripoli, i read the BBC and CNN, reporters are hiding in their hotel, i don’t watch sky.

  • pauluk

    Another one bites the dust! Assad, your turn.

    Only the most dyed-in-the-wool, left-wing liberals (consisting largely of journalists within the mainstream media, and those zombies who are taken in by them, which includes quite a few Sluggerites) still deny the potency of George Bush’s Freedom Agenda.

    Does any clear-thinking person honestly believe that the breath of fresh air that is currently sweeping away Arab dictators and despots could ever have occurred without the momentous and courageous removal of Saddam in Iraq? Of course not! Saddam was one of the first tyrants to fall. Here’s hoping Gaddafi is not the last.

    When an objective and impartial history of the past ten years is written, George W Bush and his far-sighted struggle for freedom within Arab nations will stand clearly vindicated.

  • lamhdearg

    freedom or death.

  • lamhdearg

    pauluk,
    Take a visit to al-manar tv. you will find others are pleased with the changes in Egypt (the U.S.A.s man in the arab middle east) and Libya (a main holder of the line against islamic gov), as for Iraq, what that country that wont do anything without the say so off the islamic supreme council (see Muqtadaa Al-Sadr) and back to al-manar, Lebanon Where his eminence Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah holds sway. All in all things are looking up for the “end of days” nuts in the U.S. but don’t kidd yourself for the avg joe walking the streets of tel-aviv who may soon get a rocket up his arse literally, its not looking so cushty.

  • lamhdearg

    cnn, “one of Gaddifi sons has escaped”, or was he rescued, or was he never captured in the first place.

  • lamhdearg

    test

  • lamhdearg

    From the bbc news web site,
    “One of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al-Islam, has appeared in Tripoli and claimed the government had “broken the backbone” of the rebel offensive there.”
    Can we believe a word the rebels say?.

  • Mainland Ulsterman

    … or a word Gaddafi’s son says?