Gadhafi Blames Al-Qaida For Revolt

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BENGHAZI, Libya -- As Libyan forces strike back at anti-government protesters, longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi is acusing al-Qaida of fomenting rebellion.
In a rambling phone call to state TV, Gadhafi said Osama bin Laden is exploiting Libya's young people, who he says are being given hallucinogenic pills in their coffee.
Gadhafi is trying to maintain control of Tripoli, the capital city that is home to a third of Libya's population. Most of the eastern half of Libya has broken away, and parts of Gadhafi's regime have frayed. A cousin who was one of Gadhafi's closest aides is the latest in a series of defections.
In one city 30 miles west of Tripoli, a witness says soldiers with automatic weapons attacked a mosque where opponents of Gadhafi's regime had been camped out. A doctor says he saw 10 dead and about 150 wounded.
Another attack occurred at a small airport outside Libya's third-largest city, where rebellious residents have claimed control. One of the rebels says militiamen fired rocket-propelled grenades and mortars at people guarding the airport. One of the airport's defenders reportedly seized an anti-aircraft gun from the militias and turned it against them.


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