Khadaffi/Gaddafi/Qaddaffi flees Libya

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However you spell his name, his days appear to be numbered:

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is
believed to have fled the capital Tripoli after anti-government
demonstrators breached the state television building and set government
property alight.

Protesters
appear to have gained a foothold in Tripoli as banks and government
buildings were looted while demonstrators have claimed they
have taken control of the second city Benghazi.

It
is thought up to 400 people may have died in the unrest with dozens
more reported killed in Tripoli overnight as protests reached the
capital for the first time and army units were said to have defected to
the opposition.

The Libyan justice minister has now
resigned in protest at the ‘excessive use of violence’ against the
protesters, according to the Quryna newspaper, while the Maltese Foreign
Ministry said it is trying to establish why two Libyan fighter jets
landed on the island today.

A
coalition of Libyan Islamic leaders has issued a fatwa telling all
Muslims it is their duty to rebel against the Libyan leadership and
demanding the release of all jailed protesters.

The
Network of Free Ulema of Libya also demanded the release of fellow
Islamic scholar Sadiq al-Ghriani, who was arrested after criticising the
government, and ‘all imprisoned demonstrators, including many of our
young students’.

As
Europe and the U.S. condemned the regime’s handling of the unrest,
Gaddafi’s son Saif said his family would ‘fight until the last
bullet’.

Libya has been under a virtual media blackout for the past two weeks, but leaked reports indicated that foreign mercenaries were brought in by Gaddafi to subdue ever-growing crowds of protesters.  For the time being Gaddafi’s son and heir apparent, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, seems intent upon keeping his father’s oppressive regime in power.

No word as of yet on the fate of the dictator’s elite squad of hot female bodyguards

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