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On the ground in Libya, knowing anything for sure is a challenge

By George Beyle  

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Saturday night, as the bombs were about to fall, our minders brought the international media into Muammar Gaddafi’s fortress, the Bab al-Azizia in central Tripoli, where hundreds of ululating supporters, bussed in from poor neighbourhoods, had volunteered to serve as human shields to protect their Brother Leader. We, and they, expected him to come and speak.  The carpet had been laid, the microphone was set. It was, weirdly enough, a magical evening.…

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