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    Gaddafi Retreats From Tripoli

    ARCHIV: Das Staatsoberhaupt von Libyen, Muammar al-Gaddafi, haelt anlaesslich des 40. Jahrestages der Schliessung der amerikanischen Militaerbasen in Libyen in Tripolis, Libyen, eine Rede (Foto vom 12.06.10). Nach dem Internationalen Strafgerichtshof ermittelt nun auch die Bundesanwaltschaft in Karlsruhe gegen den libyschen Diktator Muammar al Gaddafi. Das sagte ein Sprecher von Generalbundesanwaeltin Harms am Dienstag (21.06.11) in Karlsruhe auf Anfrage der Nachrichtenagentur dapd. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Abdel Magid Al Fergany/dapd

    Abdel Magid Al Fergany, dapd / AP Photo

    Muammar Gaddafi broke his silence late Tuesday with audio remarks aired on the radio. Gaddafi admitted to retreating from his Tripoli compound, which has fallen to the rebels, but said that it was a “tactical move.” He called on Libyans to “sweep through Tripoli and comb it for traitors.” Gaddafi also vowed to fight to the death, promising “martyrdom or victory.” Gaddafi’s whereabouts are unknown; there is some speculation that he may head toward his hometown of Sirte, which is still resisting the rebels.

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