Libya's NTC Thinks Gadhafi Is Hiding in Desert

Latest NTC theory has him near the Algerian border
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2011 1:42 PM CDT
A man takes a picture with his phone of Libyan revolutionary fighters gathering on the main road outside Sirte, Libya, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)
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(Newser) – Moammar Gadhafi remains at large as the fight for his hometown of Sirte continues, but Libya's new leaders have a new theory on where he is: in the desert near the Algerian border. A leader of the National Transitional Council tells Reuters that Gadhafi is likely being protected by nomadic tribesmen near the town of Ghadames.

"There has been a fight between Tuareg tribesmen who are loyal to Gadhafi and Arabs living there," says a military leader. "We are negotiating. The Gadhafi search is taking a different course." Meanwhile, artillery fire from Gadhafi loyalists in Sirte continues to keep NTC troops from capturing the city despite two weeks of attacks.

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