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20/10/2011

Reports from Libya suggest anti-Gaddafi forces have captured the last positions held by loyalists in the city of Sirte - a live report from Libya. Presented by Naga Munchetty.


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Libyan government forces claim that they've driven out Gaddafi

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loyalists from Sirte - their last major stronghold. There've been

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wild celebrations on the frontline but interim authorities remain

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cautious and say that Sirte is Welcome to GMT. I'm Naga Munchetty.

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Also in the programme: The Greek parliament prepares to pass the

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latest raft of austerity measures as protests continue on day two of

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a general strike. 100 Years On from an epic and

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tragic adventure, we look back on the expedition of Captain Scott to

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the Antarctic. It's midday here in London, 7:00am in Washington and

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1:00pm in Libya where forces of the country's national transitional

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council are claiming victory in Sirte, Colonel Gaddafi's home town

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and the scene of a last stand by his supporters. We have also heard

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that Colonel Gadaffi, rumoured, has been captured in the town of Sirte.

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There are also rumours that he has been injured, his legs have been

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injured. And national transitional council officials have mentioned

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two various news agencies that he had been captured. We are trying to

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confirm this with correspondence on the ground. Let's go to our

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correspondent in Tripoli where there are wild celebrations being

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heard. That is right, the news has reached Tripoli, and you can hear

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some of the noises around May, people tooting their car horns and

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we have had quite a bit of celebratory gunfire even though

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there has been a religious edict to ban that. People should not fire

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guns in celebration because people have been wooed in and killed in

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that kind of firing. -- wounded and killed. The news is filtering

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through here. We are waiting to see evidence of this, but if it has

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happened and Sirte has fallen and Colonel Gadaffi has been captured

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today it will be an extraordinary victory for the new authorities,

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even capturing Sirte would be a hugely significant milestone.

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Colonel Gaddafi's home town, his birthplace, but village he turned

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into his second capital. N T C officials think he was hiding

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somewhere in the desert and believed he might still be in Libya.

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He said many times he would fight to the end and not lead his country.

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And if the announcements are true, and there is a bit of celebratory

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gunfire there, then a hugely important day for the newly beer.

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People are already celebrating. -- for the new Libya. You have spent a

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lot of time in Libya and the celebrations do seem rather wild

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and very prominent. We have heard rumours, 10 a penny throughout the

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conflict, but have you ever seen celebrations that makes this seem

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more like rumour and speculation and is close to being confirmed?

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I'm afraid it was hard to hear you but you are asking about the scale

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of the celebrations. There was a lot of gunfire last week and there

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were rumours that Colonel Gaddafi's son, his national security adviser,

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had been captured, but the capture of Muammar Gaddafi himself, the man

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who ruled this country for 42 years and the overthrow of his

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dictatorship which caused so much blood to flow in Libya would be

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hugely significant. Whether they have not yet seen the evidence for

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it is true, the Libyans here are celebrating already. Caroline,

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thank you very much. I know you will be chasing the story up. We

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have our World Affairs Correspondent here with us. Mark,

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this is an interesting scene. As I mentioned, rumours are 10 a penny.

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It is easy to get carried away, but it seems there is evidence with the

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National Transitional Council saying this is the case.

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correspondent is trying to confirm it as we speak, but we already have

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to news agencies independently reporting quoting different

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officials that Gaddafi has been captured and they are both saying

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that he has been wounded. One saying badly wounded, another

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saying he has been wounded in both legs. Both of the news agencies are

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telling the same story and quoting the council officials. But there

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have been false alarms in the past then we will have to wait a few

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more minutes to get confirmation and possibly even pictures.

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might cloud will clarify the picture, but one National

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Transitional Council said the head of the armed forces has been killed

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during the capture of the Libyan leader. He was never going to be an

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easy capture, and he did foul to stand until the last. If this has

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happened to a Mac -- in Sirte there has been prolonged fighting there

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and it would explain if he was there and had been captured it

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would explain why the fighting was so fierce and why these guys have

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held out so long. On the other hand they may have held out so long

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because they feared for their own lives as well. We are in the realms

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of speculation. But with the speculation, let's assume that it

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is fact. If he has been captured one of our report is is at the

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hospital where it is understood Gaddafi has been taken and I bring

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this news 2 as we get it, but the troops there are saying that he has

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been taken to Misrata and they also claim to have possession of some of

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his things, including his Golden Gun. The future of Gaddafi, they

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hope, I suppose that he gets a fair trial. Is this likely from the

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National Transitional Council with the world watching? There has been

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talk of a trial, the let's concentrate on what is happening

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now for the time being. If it is the case he was taken to hospital

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then somewhere else, that would be logical because they would really

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want to ensure his physical security, not only because they

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want to capture him but perhaps because they do not want others to

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attack him or be accused of killing him without a trial. And I'm sure

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that is what is taking place. Reuters now reporting that the

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Russian President Medvedev are saying that the Libyan people

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should decide the fate of Gadaffi. There has been talk that they

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should be trial in the Hague and indictments for a trial at the

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International Criminal Court, but the wide and handsome -- National

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Transitional Council have been going about having a nationalist

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agenda and perhaps have a trial in their own country maybe they want

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to do that. But that will just prolong the instability, and

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certainly the dangers are there if you hold a trial in the country

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because it is sometimes easier to have the trial at the Hague. All of

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this is still speculation. Just to bring you more information we are

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hearing from a National Transitional Council Television

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that Colonel Gadaffi was captured with his son. Not surprising that

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some family members would be with him. Yes, some of his children have

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escaped to neighbouring countries. It was rumoured that one of his

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sons was with him. It would make sense if there was a final redoubt

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that they would be together and perhaps they have now been captured.

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Does this now draw a line, if he has been captured, under Gaddafi's

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presence in Libya, and how much of a difference will we see in the

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country as it moves forward? It was crucial from their point of view

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that they should capture him. Not only was he giving statements to

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television and radio stations, some of them based in Syria which were

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broadcast back in thereby making it clear that he did not control the

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whole situation, there was that aspect and also the fact that

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Colonel Gaddafi has many supporters in Libya. He ruled for 40 years and

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distributed a lot of oil money with largesse and did generate a lot of

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enthusiasm amongst some people. So that also has to be dealt with.

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Let's recap what we have been hearing, but his muse is flooding

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in. I will leave it with you, but we have heard that Colonel Gaddafi

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has been captured. There are two independent news agencies, the

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French news agency, and Reuters, both quoting officials of the

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National Transitional Council as saying that Colonel Gaddafi has

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been captured. We have not been able to confirm this from BBC

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sources, but our correspondence on the job, obviously. Both of these

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agencies are saying that Colonel Gaddafi has been injured, one that

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he has been injured badly in both legs. Mark, thank you very much.

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You will be keeping across this as the news develops. Libyan

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television is broadcasting that Colonel Gadaffi has been captured.

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We can bring you this with translation as it is being

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In the name of God, and we thank God Almighty, guard who has made

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the rebels victorious, the Libyan people victorious, and today

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without any doubt he is in the hands of the rebels. Colonel

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Gaddafi is in the hands of the rebels. This is an exclusive report

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we are bringing you. These brave rebels that have achieved victory,

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they have made the liberation of Tripoli, and the 20th is the

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liberation of Sirte. We have captured Gaddafi. Libya is joyous.

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Libya is celebrating. Libya is giving a lesson to all of those who

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want to learn. I salute you, rebels. I salute the revolutionaries who

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have captured this criminal, this criminal who has killed the mothers

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of the martyrs. This is your day. You have sacrificed your youth,

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your son's for the liberty of Libya. All of our mothers will be joyful

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and happy. I cannot find the necessary words to express what I

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feel. This is not a news item, this is a happening we are in --

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reporting. For 40 years the country has been bleeding and has been

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depressed and suffering, and nobody was trying to heal our wombs except

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the rebels who took to the streets on 17th February, and today they

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have achieved the victory, I repeat, victory. They have captured this

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criminal who had destroyed this country. And despite all of the

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distraction, he actually pillaged the country. We saw on 17th

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February how heat destroyed and pillage, and today, ladies and

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gentlemen, we will try to convey to you the happiness of our people.

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That was a recording as the statement was given on Libyan

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television. It was an emotional broadcast, not surprisingly. That

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takes us a step further. We are now seen for ourselves the officials

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going publicly on Libyan TV saying they have captured Colonel Gaddafi

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and that Sirte has been, in their words, liberated, describing

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Colonel Gaddafi as a criminal who has pillaged the country. But many

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people in Libya will not quite believe this until they see a

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picture of Colonel Gadaffi himself for some clear evidence. They are

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already celebrating on the streets of Tripoli. We could see that from

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a colleague in Tripoli and there will horns going off, as you would

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expect. These are live pictures, and at the celebrations still going

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on all around. Absolutely. Many Libyans will still be waiting to

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see that picture of Colonel Gaddafi and if the television crustacean is

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correct, and it seems inconceivable they would go on air saying

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anything -- the national television station. He would be very bad for

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the credibility of the National to transitional council, and now they

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are waiting for pictures. We can speak in Tripoli to the Libyan

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national transitional council spokesman. Obviously, the news is

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coming through in the last hour or so. Can you tell me what you have

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heard and what she can confirm? what you can confirm? We are not

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sure it has been liberated, and it is a great day for the people

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waiting for this liberation and people are celebrating not only the

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liberation of Sirte, but also about some reports that the big fish has

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been captured in Sirte and moved it to Misrata. We are waiting for

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confirmation from the National Transitional Council in Benghazi.

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Before that, we cannot confirm that Muammar Gaddafi or any other of the

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big fish have been arrested and moved to Misrata. Some local and

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radio news is saying that, but we need confirmation, and that will

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come from the National Transitional Council in Benghazi. Let's break

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the story down a little bit. Do you know of the events that led to this

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speculated capture? Where it could have happened and who actually

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The audio is very bad, could you repeat the question? Can you give

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detail of who captured Colonel Gaddafi and in what nature he was

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taken? The news that Gaddafi was captured when he was trying to flee

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from Sirte and motorcade and move immediately to Misrata. This is

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that I cannot confirm, but it is very big speculation everywhere in

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Tripoli about that. We talk to some people in Misrata and in Sirte and

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we have almost one story identical. But as we know, the real news is

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transferring through the proper channels to the NTC in Benghazi,

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who are meeting now, and they will come up with a statement of

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clarification to what happened exactly. The celebration in Tripoli

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started and we like to caution people to be careful, not to use

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their guns properly and to celebrate in a civilised way. Are

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asking everybody to wait for the official statement from Mustafa

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Abdul Jalil, either to confirm or deny the news. This is the proper

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way to do. I agree that you are being cautious about the news flow,

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but I understand that Libyan television is now reporting that

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Colonel Gaddafi has been killed and his body is being take ton Misrata.

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Have you heard anything of that? heard such a news, and I said there

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are various scenarios about that. I am repeating again, we would like

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to learn from our past lessons. We did some mistakes, jumped to

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conclusions early in the past. We don't like to do it this time.

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understand it is noisy where you are, I appreciate you persevering

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with us. Can you give any information on the nature of the

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injuries Colonel Gaddafi may have sustained? I don't have this

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information. There is some speculation also about the killing

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of the head of the military in Libya. I cannot confirm that. There

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is many news coming from the Sirte generals, the sudden collapse of

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the town centre as was a little bit surprising. It was a furious

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resistance in the last few days. Suddenly our people were able to

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assert themselves and control in a few hours We'd like to see this

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force of the revelation. We have to wait for the confirmation. Have you

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spoken to any international leaders? We have heard from various

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international leaders commenting on the speculation, have you informed

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any of the NATO involved countries? It was some reports in the morning

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that NATO are hitting some targets in Sirte and around Sirte and that

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strikes might result in something, we cannot confirm it. I think you

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have the spokesman of the NATO and he can confirm if they were helping

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any way. Can you tell me if Colonel Gaddafi is still alive, there is

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speculation, I repeat, that he has been killed, if he is alive, what

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would be your plan ou next? -- next? The next is the official

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statement from the NTC of his capture. I'm sure some question

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will be answered and that occasion. One of them that we are agree on,

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in the past, and we will confirm it again, that we are giving not

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Colonel Gaddafi, but everybody will get a fair trial, that Gaddafi

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never gave to our people. We are going to give him a fair trial.

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We'd like very much to trial Gaddafi and his associates inside

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the Libya, by the Libyan justice system. We're going to do that.

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Would he be tried in Libya? Would that be a safe option? Repeat the

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question, please? Would he be tried in Libya? Would you be concerned

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about security? I think we're going to give him fair trial. It will be

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under the observation of the organisation. We are not going to

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try him in closed doors. We will try him in public. We are going to

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guarantee him all the necessity, all the guarantees, the law

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guarantees that are given to any, to anybody. We'd like very much to

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try him in Libya and the Libyan people will see -- say the final

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word of his fate. Who are you waiting for? Who is giving you the

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information to confirm that Colonel Gaddafi has been captured? I got it

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from several sources. As I said, many times, that I cannot confirm

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any of these reports, but it's strong speculation from different

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various agencies, NTC people are talking to each other now. They are

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talking to the revolutionary forces. They are talking to the military

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and civil leadership in Misrata to verify the reports and to make sure

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that everything will be under control. In a few hours, we're

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going to have an official statement that will explain everything and

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confirm or deny speculation. You do expect to give a statement in a

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matter of hours? Yes. I'm expecting that in a few hours, it will be a

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statement. Can you also tell me, when it comes to the position of

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Sirte, have you had confirmation that Gaddafi loyalists have been

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completely driven out of the town? No, I cannot confirm any of this.

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OK. Speaking on behalf of the National Transitional Council,

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thank you very much for bringing us up to date. We appreciate your

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persevering through all the noise where you are. Thank you very much

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for giving us the latest. Thank you.

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Well obviously, the NTC is still being very, very cautious about

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confirming or denying that Colonel Gaddafi has been captured or, in

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fact, with the latest rumours, that he has actually died and his body

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being transported to Misrata. Mark, you were listening in there,

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understandable caution. Absolutely. It's very interesting that the

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official spokesman of the NTC would be so cautious and careful. They've

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had their fingers burnt before. This is the big one, of course.

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This is the one on which their credibility has been in doubt over

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the last few months, because they haven't been able to capture

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Colonel Gaddafi and, of course, once they have got him and indeed,

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some reports saying that he's been killed, though we can't confirm

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either of those for the time being, this is the big one. They want

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their credibility to be in tact. They're being very careful. That's

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the official spokesman for the NTC. We brought up the question of a

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trial, if he were alive. He was also quite resolute, it seemed,

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that it would happen in Libya and security -- Libya and security

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would not be a problem. Yes, other countries, for example, Liberia,

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the former leader there, they decide today would be too dangerous

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to have the trial in the local area. They spent him for trial in The

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Hague. There, the security could be guaranteed. The politics of the

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country wouldn't have been churned up, as it's bound to be as

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revelations take place in a trial, if one takes place. Yes, the

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official spokesman for the NTC was very clear. He said if he's alive,

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he'll be tried in Libya. He'll be given all the rights that should be

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accorded to such a trial. He'll get a fair trial. But it will be in

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Libya. He was absolutely clear about that. That's interesting.

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Also we spoke about how actually, let me bring this news, there's

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been reported on Reuters, Libya's Colonel Gaddafi dies of wounds

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suffered in capture near Sirte. This is a senior National

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Transitional Council military official that has spoken to Reuters,

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to be clear. We were just speaking to a spokesman who couldn't confirm

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he had either been captured or wound. We did hear reports that he

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had been wounded in both legs. We did also hear reports that one of

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his sons and one of his leaders had been captured, one of his leaders

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had been killed. If this is true, Mark, if we can believe these

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reports, that Gaddafi has died of these wound, it's drawn a line

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under the conflict so far and marks a new beginning for the NTC and the

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future of Libya. If Gaddafi has died, it certainly marks the

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beginning of a new phase. That's for certain. Because it means that

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the NTC now have effective control of the whole country. Thank you

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very much. Let me just recap what has happened in the last hour. We

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have had news that Colonel Gaddafi, the former leader of Libya, has

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been captured. There are latest rumours he has died of wounds

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sustained in that capture near Sirte. He was reportedly had wounds

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in his legs. The report now is that he has died on the way to Misrata.

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Of course, we will bring you the very latest, stay with us on BBC

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Welcome to BBC News. The now continuing coverage of the

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situation in Libya. What you are seeing now is a live shock of the

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city of Sirte. NTC commanders saying that the city has fallen

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after a two manufacture month siege. Troops are manning roadblocks

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outside the city. They say there has been an attempt at mass break

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out by pro-Gaddafi forces. Even more significantly, in the past

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half hour or so, many reports from Libya that we cannot confirm for

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you, that Colonel Gaddafi has been captured in Sirte or near Sirte. We

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can tell you that Libyan state television is reporting this, that

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a local commander of the anti- Gaddafi forces says the Colonel was

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shot in both legs, but just to tell you, other reports saying he is

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being treated in hospital, before being taken to the western city of

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Misrata. As Naga was mentioning, Reuters also reporting one NTC

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commander saying that Colonel Gaddafi may possibly have died. We

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cannot confirm these reports for you. Differing reports coming out

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from Libya, but state television definitely reporting that Colonel

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Gaddafi has been captured. This is at noupbsment: -- announcement:

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TRANSLATION: We thank God almighty. We thank God who has made these

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rebels victorious, made the Libyan people victorious. Today, without

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any introduction, Gaddafi is in the hands of the rebels. The Gaddafi

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personally is in the hand of the rebels. This is an exclusive report

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we're bringing you. These brave rebels that have achieved victory.

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These rebels have made today the 20th, 20th, that's was, the

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liberation of Tripoli and, 20th was the liberation of Tripoli today is

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the liberation of Sirte as well. We have captured Gaddafi. Libya is

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joyous. Libya is celebrating. Libya is giving a lesson to all those who

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want to learn. I salute you rebels. I salute you the revolutionaries,

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whom you have captured this criminal, this criminal who have

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killed the mothers of the martyrs. Mothers of martyrs, this is your

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day. You have sacrificed your youth, your sons for the liberty of Libya.

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Our mothers, all our mothers will be joyful, will be happy. I cannot

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find the necessary words to express what I feel. This is not a news

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item. This is happiness that we are reporting. This is what we feel for

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40 years, the country has been bleeding, it's been oppressed. It's

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been suffering and nobody was trying to heal our wounds, except

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As reports come in from Libya suggesting anti-Gaddafi forces have captured the last positions held by loyalists in the city of Sirte - we report live from Libya on whether this is the decisive moment in the conflict. And we have the latest from the biggest ever general strike in Greece over the government's austerity measures to prevent a broader eurozone crisis.

Presented by Naga Munchetty.


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