Gadhafi Forces Launch Fierce Counterattack
Moammar Gadhafi’s forces launched at least three new airstrikes against Libyan rebels today near the oil port of Ras Lanouf, and one witness says the Gadhafi loyalists also recaptured Zawiya, the city closest to Gadhafi’s stronghold in Tripoli, the AP reports. Meanwhile, in the rebel-held east, a spokesperson for the new Interim Governing Council says a man who claimed to represent Gadhafi reached out to discuss terms for the country’s leader to step down but was refused: “No negotiations with the Gadhafi regime.”
Reporting from Ras Lanuf, Libya
On Saturday, Libyan rebels in jeans and sneakers danced in the streets of Bin Jawwad, celebrating a victory over government forces in the hamlet by firing thousands of rounds of precious ammunition into the air.
CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports that Qaddafi himself made a surprise appearance at a Tripoli hotel where foreign reporters have been staying. The embattled leader arrived in the kind of crush only he can draw, and provided no indication he's considering giving up his increasingly brutal battle to stay in power. He again said that al Qaeda was behind this rebellion.