Libya Rebels at Bani Walid's Door
Hoping for a surrender
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 5, 2011 7:58 AM CDT
A rebel fighter, left, checks a car at a checkpoint between Tarhouna and Bani Walid, Libya, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. Negotiations over the surrender of one of Moammar Gadhafi's remaining strongholds have...   (Alexandre Meneghini)

(Newser) – Rebel reinforcements arrived outside one of Moammar Gadhafi's last strongholds in Bani Walid today, even as the forces arrayed against the toppled dictator gave the town a chance to surrender and avoid a fight. "We won't go inside Bani Walid unless the Warfala tribe invites us," says a rebel commander, referring to Bani Walid's main tribe. "We don't want to use our weapons. But if the Gadhafi loyalists shoot at us, of course we will return fire."

The rebels have extended to Saturday a deadline for the surrender of Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte and other loyalist areas, but have warned they could attack Bani Walid sooner because many prominent regime officials were believed to be inside. Earlier, another rebel commander had offered during the negotiations that those "who killed in the name of Gadhafi, whose hands are stained in blood" be placed under house arrest in Bani Walid until a government is formed that can try them. NATO, meanwhile, reported bombing several targets near Sirte and other areas overnight. NATO's mandate, which permits it to bomb inside Libya, expires Sept. 27, and the rebels may be eager to end the fight before it runs out.

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The_Truth
Sep 9, 2011 6:18 AM CDT
After failing to convince sheikhs and tribal elders of Bani Walid to surrender, the rebel rats decided to not attack the city at this time. The defenders of Bani Walid are confident in their abilities, and are determined to fight against the colonial coalition [NATO] to the end.There have been as many as 7 different conflicting reports about the number of NATO-rebel that have attempted to besiege Bani Walid. It has also been learned that yesterday, there was an unsuccessful attack on the city by the NATO-rebel alliance, which resulted in the destruction of hundreds of NATO-rebel by the defenders of Bani Walid. A NATO-rebel convoy called was ambushed, and 14 NATO-rebels were killed. http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=628591 "We won't go inside Bani Walid unless the Warfala tribe invites us," says a rebel commander, referring to Bani Walid's main tribe. "We don't want to use our weapons. But if the Gadhafi loyalists shoot at us, of course we will return fire." I think what this clown meant to say is that he will wait for NATO aircrafts and Apache gunships to come kill everyone in Bani Walid because he doesnt know how to fire a gun.
n230099
Sep 5, 2011 4:10 PM CDT
Meanwhile.... http://news.yahoo.com/qaeda-offshoot-acquires-libyan-air-missiles-eu-164233009.html