September 5th, 2011
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Bani Walid talks fail: Libya

bani-walidLibya: Libyan interim government forces talks with the Gaddafi loyalists at Bani Walid have failed. The only next option would be using military force. The government has handed over the matter to military commanders. The interim government also says that they strongly believe that Col Gaddafi’s son, Khamis, has been killed for sure.

The National Transitional Council (NTC) said he had died in fighting close to Tripoli and was buried near Bani Walid. Muhammad, the son of former spy chief Abdullah Senussi, was also killed, it said. No further details of the deaths were provided and Khamis’s death has been reported on at least two other occasions during the uprising.

Bani Walid, 150km (95 miles) south-east of Tripoli, is one of four towns and cities – the others are Jufra, Sabha and Col Gaddafi’s birthplace in Sirte – that are still controlled by Gaddafi forces. NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil said the pro-Gaddafi bastions were being given humanitarian aid and time to surrender “to avoid further bloodshed”.

Saadi Gaddafi, one of Col Gaddafi’s sons, has blamed his brother Saif al-Islam for the breakdown in talks. Saif al-Islam’s “aggressive” speech a few days ago had spoilt the chances for dialogue, Saadi Gaddafi told the press today.



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