Latest News:  
Beijing   Cloudy/Shower    24 / 17   City Forecast


Gaddafi slams speculated escape to Niger in defiant audio message


16:17, September 08, 2011

Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi looks on during a news conference at the Quirinale palace in Rome in this June 10, 2009 file photo. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

DAMASCUS, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Libya's Muammar Gaddafi said in an audio message aired by Syria's Arrai TV Thursday that reports about his fleeing to Niger were lies and that the rebels and NATO would be defeated.

"They have nothing else to resort to apart from psychological warfare and lies," the embattled Libyan strongman told the TV station in a phone call that the broadcaster said was made from inside Libya.

Referring to a Libyan convoy that arrived in Niger days ago, Gaddafi said that the motorcade, which led to the speculation that he was hiding in one of the convoy's cars, was "not the first" in and out of the neighboring country.

"They want to weaken our morale," he said to his supporters. "Do not waste time on this weak and ignoble enemy."

Meanwhile, he said that the Libyan youth was "now ready to escalate the resistance" against the rebels in Tripoli and "to finish off the mercenaries."

"We will defeat NATO ... and NATO is rejected by the Libyan people," he said, stressing that the alliance's "logistical capacities will not allow it" to forge ahead with the military intervention.

Gaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown, and Thursday's message was his first in several days. Arrai TV had recently broadcast several audio messages attributed to Gaddafi.

Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), which now controls most of Libya, has requested that Niger turn in officials of Gaddafi's government who had fled there.

Gaddafi's daughter Aisha, together with her mother Safiya and brothers Mohammed and Hannibal, arrived in neighboring Algeria last week. They were allowed to stay there by the Algerian government.


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Sotheby's Hong Kong to hold Chinese porcelain and handicraft auction

  2. Thousands remain trapped, rescue underway in W Japan

  3. Rendering of future World Trade Center released

  4. 500 kinds of flowers displayed at Kunming Int'l Flower Exhibition

Most Popular


  1. Chinese FDI wrongly seen as harbinger of doom
  2. The unlearnt lessons of 9/11 today
  3. Opinion: China's economy has landed, safely
  4. Success in Libya cannot pull Europe out of crisis
  5. New western colonialism emerges in Libya
  6. S. Korea turns tourist resort into naval base
  7. China committed to peace and growth
  8. WTO ruling subtle support of protectionism
  9. Let them eat cake, after tax
  10. No end in sight for crisis of Western capitalism

What's happening in China

Danger all in a day's work for engineer

  1. Singer couple's teenage son involved in beating
  2. 1,199 websites closed for fake goods
  3. Solar heater water poses health risk
  4. Britain eyes China's financial services
  5. A hard lesson for migrant workers

PD Online Data

  1. Grand Songs of Dong
  2. Tibetan Play
  3. Buluotuo Scriptures of Zhuang
  4. Sister Festival of Miao
  5. Knife-Pole Festival of Lisu