Defiant Gaddafi pledges victory

Defiant Gaddafi pledges victory

Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has made his first public appearance in a week to rally his supporters. In a speech apparently from a compound hit by coalition air strikes on Sunday, he urged “all Islamic armies” to join him, saying: “We will be victorious.”

Fighting has continued between Col Gaddafi’s forces and rebels. Witnesses say supplies are running low in the rebel-held town of Misrata.

The sound of allied strikes was once again heard around Tripoli overnight. Coalition military personnel are enforcing a UN resolution to set up a no-fly zone and protect civilians.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told Media that Gaddafi allies have been reaching out to other nations to explore options for the future.

French, US, Turkish and British officials have been speaking to thrash out a new command structure for the coalition, with the US keen to hand over control.

Three journalists – two AFP reporters and a Getty Images photographer – detained by Gaddafi forces have been set free in Tripoli.

Muslim scholars from Cairo’s al-Azhar institution have condemned Western military “aggression” in Libya, though they say they support the demands of the Libyan people. – BBC