Gaddafi Strikes Back with Mercenaries and ‘Irregular Army’ at Rebels Near Tripoli

Forces supporting the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya were striking back at protesters in towns near the capital Thursday. At least a dozen people were reported killed.

Thousands of mercenary and irregular forces struck back at a circle of rebellions tightening around the capital, Tripoli, on Thursday. The fighters are trying to hold off an uprising against the 40-year-rule of Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi, who blamed the violence on “hallucinogenic” drugs and Osama bin Laden.

Compelling new footage has emerged showing an intense street battle, and its aftermath in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The amateur video was supplied to AP Television by Libyan opposition groups.

Witnesses had said on Wednesday that thousands of members of this irregular Army were massing on roads to Tripoli, “where one resident described scenes evocative of anarchic Somalia: clusters of heavily armed men in mismatched uniforms clutching machine guns and willing to carry out orders to kill Libyans that other police and military units, and even fighter pilots, have refused.”

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Deccan Chronicle Gaddafi strikes back as rebels close in on Tripoli

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