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LIBYA: Kadafi addresses nation

August 23, 2011 |  5:39 pm

Photo: Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi waves from a car in his Bab Azizia compound in Tripoli on April 10. Credit: Louafi Larbi / Reuters

After disappearing in recent days as the Libyan capital was besieged by rebel forces, Moammar Kadafi resurfaced late Tuesday delivering an address on Al Orouba TV, according to Reuters.

Kadafi's speech aired on a Tripoli radio station and was broadcast by Al Orouba in conjunction with Al Rai TV, Reuters and Al Jazeera reported.

In the address, Kadafi vowed "martyrdom" or victory in the fight against "aggression."

Photos: Battle for Kadafi's compound

He also said that his Bab Azizia compound in Tripoli had been leveled by 64 NATO airstrikes and that his withdrawal from the compound was a tactical move.

A spokesman for Kadafi's government told Al Orouba that loyalist forces had captured four "high-ranking" Qataris and one Emirati, Reuters reported. The spokesman said the Kadafi government can resist for months or years, Reuters reported.

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-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi waves from a car in his Bab Azizia compound in Tripoli on April 10. Credit: Louafi Larbi / Reuters

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