Libya Oasis Town Vows to Fight Off 'Invasion'
[An Nahar] Fighters in Bani Walid say they are ready to lay down their lives to defend the besieged town of jagged hilltops which gave shelter last year to loyalists of slain Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffy
...a reminder that a single man with an idea can change an entire nation, usually for the worse...
"They'll have to march over our dead bodies to reach Bani Walid," said commander Salem Waer who is leading military operations in the oasis town circled by gangs operating under orders of Libya's new authorities.
"No one will enter Bani Walid. All of us are fighters in Bani Walid. Either we live with dignity or die with dignity," vowed the commander.
Bani Walid, 170 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of thich is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, was one of the last towns to fall to anti-Qadaffy rebels in the 2011 conflict that toppled the long-time dictator.
Many Libyans feel it was never truly "liberated" and see it as a shelter for regime loyalists and criminal gangs.
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