Moammar Gadhafi Refuses to Leave Power, Vows to Die in Libya and Execute His Foes

A violent confrontation between Libya's Moammar Gadhafi and his strengthening opposition threatened to drag the oil-rich nation into a civil war as Mr. Gadhafi lost a key ally hours after he appeared on television vowing to die in Libya and execute foes who have taken over vast swaths of the oil-rich eastern part of the country.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed to fight on to his "last drop of blood" and roared at his supporters to take to the streets against protesters in a furious, fist-pounding speech Tuesday after two nights of bloodshed in the capital as his forces tried to crush the uprising that has fragmented his regime.

During his brief appearance on TV, Gadaffi showed his rage against the media and the youth who gathered on the streets in the capital of Libya. The leader stated, "I am here to show that I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela. Don't believe those misleading dog stations."