Rebels: We Have Gadhafi Surrounded

Report follows near-miss yesterday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2011 7:47 AM CDT
Updated Aug 25, 2011 9:09 AM CDT
Moammar Gadhafi Almost Caught in Tripoli Safe House Yesterday: Report
In this March 2, 2011 file photo, Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi gestures to supporters as he speaks in Tripoli, Libya.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

(Newser) – A group of Libyan rebels thinks it has Moammar Gadhafi right where it wants him. The rebels are currently exchanging fire with Gadhafi loyalists holed up in a cluster of apartment buildings near Gadhafi's breached compound in Tripoli, Reuters reports. The rebels are confident Gadhafi and some of his sons are inside, though they didn't say why. "They are together. They are in a small hole," says one fighter. "Today we finish. Today we will end that."

This comes on the heels of a report that the deposed Libyan leader was almost captured yesterday. Libyan commandos raided a private home where he had apparently been hiding, Reuters reports, citing Paris Match magazine. But he was gone from the safe house when agents arrived yesterday morning, following a credible tip. There was, however, evidence he had spent a night there, according to the magazine—though the magazine doesn't clarify how recently that was. (Read more Moammar Gadhafi stories.)

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