Anti-Gadhafi Forces Claim Control of His Hometown

Coastal stronghold of Sirte reportedly falls
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2011 6:47 AM CDT
Updated Sep 16, 2011 7:58 AM CDT
Anti-Gadhafi Forces Claim Control of His Hometown
In this Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 photo, revolutionary forces ride in a truck with a mounted missile launcher on the main ring road that accesses the center of Sirte, Libya.   (AP Photo/Gaia Anderson)

(Newser) – Fighters for Libya’s interim government say they have captured Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte after heavy fighting, reports the Guardian. "Thwar Misrata (the Misrata revolution) now control the entrances to Sirte city," said a statement from the Misrata military council. If true, and the anti-Gadhafi forces don't exactly have a sterling track record on such things, it marks a huge strategic (it's the last major coastal stronghold) and symbolic victory.

Earlier, a Gadhafi spokesman announced on Syrian TV that “thousands of fighters” were prepared to “liberate Libya” from the interim government. “We are in fact strong. We have the capabilities, the means and plans to liberate the whole of Libya,” said Moussa Ibrahim, according to the BBC. There's still no definitive word on where Gadhafi himself is. (Read more Libya stories.)

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