Gadhafi in Town Near Capital: Rebels

But military attack on town of Bani Walid 'out of the question'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2011 7:14 AM CDT
In this photo taken on a government-organized tour Libyan women chant pro-Moammar Gadhafi slogans as they attend a weapons training session in the town of Bani Walid, June 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

(Newser) – You've heard this one before, but Libya's new rulers think they know where Moammar Gadhafi is. Andel Majid Mlegta, head of the Tripoli military operations room, tells Reuters that "someone we trust" has placed Gadhafi and son Seif al-Islam in Bani Walid, a town about 95 miles southeast of Tripoli. "They wanted to set up an operations room there and conduct aggressive operations against us," Mlegta explained.

"We have talked to notables from Bani Walid to arrest him," Mlegta added. "They haven't responded. We're assessing our options." Rebel troops are only about 17 miles from Bani Walid, but "military action is out of the question right now," Mlegta said, because Bani Walid is a stronghold of the million-member-strong Warfalla tribe. "We cannot attack this tribe because many of our brigades in Benghazi and Zintan are from Bani Walid. The sons of Bani Walid hold the key."

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