Rebels: We’ve Cornered Gaddafi

Come out, come out, wherever you are. Libyan rebels claim they’ve cornered Muammar Gaddafi in the town of Bani Walid, 150 miles outside Tripoli. The National Transitional Council’s deputy chairman told The New York Times in a phone interview that they were “waiting to give him a chance to surrender.” Rebel leaders had made claims in recent weeks that they’d surrounded the fugitive leader in various parts of Tripoli, but those reports proved to be false. Interestingly, Bani Walid is in the Misrata district, along with the city of Misrata, which has seen intense fighting in the last six months. The council’s deputy chairman also confirmed that Gaddafi’s son Saadi had offered to negotiate a coalition government with the rebels, but they immediately rejected the idea. Meanwhile, in a radio broadcast reportedly from a Tripoli suburb, Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam said his father is fine.