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Revolutionaries Give Qaddafi's Loyalists Four Days

4:46 PM, Aug 30, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The New York Times reports that Libyan revolutionaries have set a four-day deadline for Qaddafi's loyalists to surrender:

Emboldened by their military advances and increasing acceptance abroad, Libya’s rebels gave Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s recalcitrant loyalists a four-day deadline Tuesday to surrender, and they demanded that Algeria repatriate a clutch of Qaddafi family members — including his biological daughter and her own newborn daughter — who had fled into exile there the day before.

The rebel demands came as the mood in the capital of Tripoli lightened significantly, a week after rebel forces seized Colonel Qaddafi’s compound here in heavy fighting that signaled his political demise after 42 years of brutal and eccentric rule. The whereabouts of Colonel Qaddafi and his most influential sons, however, remained unknown.

The revolutionaries suggest that, if the deadline is not met, more blood will be shed: 

Speaking at a news conference in Benghazi, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, the head of the Transitional National Council, said Colonel Qaddafi’s loyalist fighters had until Saturday to negotiate a surrender. The offer related primarily to the coastal town of Surt, the fugitive leader’s hometown and a focus of support for him, but also covered loyalist strongholds at Bani Walid and in the southern oasis town of Sabha.

Mr. Abdel-Jalil said that if the deadline passed with “no peaceful indications for implementing this, we will decide this matter militarily.” 

“We do not wish to do so but we cannot wait longer,” he said.

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