Posted by: nativeiowan | March 22, 2011

’bout bloody time

Click here to find out more!Libya: Colonel Gaddafi in hiding as escape options begin to disappear

by Martin Fricker, Daily Mirror 22/03/2011

Muammar Gaddafi (pic: Reuters)

COLONEL Gaddafi was last night thought to be hiding in a secret underground bunker – guarded by a 40-strong squad of gun-toting female virgin bodyguards.

The tyrant has not been seen in public since the first allied blitz on Saturday and UK Special Forces sources believe he has fled to Sabha, a desert city of 130,000 people all fiercely loyal to their leader.

As well as his famous female minders – who wear make-up and high-heels – Gaddafi is understood to have surrounded himself with blood-thirsty mercenaries from Chad, Niger and Eastern Europe to give him round-the-clock protection.

But Western governments believe he will quit the country once it becomes clear his days are numbered.

If he does publicly flee or is killed, it is hoped residents in Tripoli and other western Libyan cities will be free to rise up against his brutal regime.

Locals are currently too ­terrified to show their true feelings, fearing the despot may one day return.

DEATH

Publicly Gaddafi says he will fight to the death, but diplomats say this is extremely unlikely.

Instead it is thought he will go to a “friendly” country such as Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe has said he will be welcome. Other possible destinations include Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela and African nations Chad and Niger.

It was for this reason that Western jets bombed an airfield close to the Libyan border in the opening salvo. It was used by private jets belonging to the Gaddafi family and would have been ideal for him to make his escape. Instead it is now partially destroyed thanks to laser-guided bombs from French and British jets.

Gaddafi went to ground shortly before air strikes were carried out on key targets and resorted to speaking on state TV by telephone over the weekend rather than appearing on camera.

Experts said he probably took the decision in case his appearance gave a clue to his exact whereabouts. He is thought to have fled Tripoli to escape the aerial bombardment from allied fighter jets. But a number of Gaddafi’s sons have remained to help with logistics. They included Khamis, 32, who reportedly died from severe burns after his father’s main Bab al-Azizia base was pounded. His older brother Saif al-Islam, 38, is still believed to be in the capital.

He claims to be head of the “modernising wing” of the family and regularly appears on TV.

Saif has travelled widely and wrote his PhD thesis at the London School of Economics on the role of civil society in democratisation.

Saadi Gaddafi, 37, is a former professional footballer in Malta and Italy, but is now head of the Libyan special forces. Mutassim Gaddafi, 33, is possibly the most powerful of the four siblings, holding the position of National Security Adviser.

 

 

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