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Qaddafi vows to fight foreign interference, no-fly zone in Libya

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi said a no-fly zone would prove that foreigners are trying to 'steal their oil' and lashed out against what he called foreign interference.

By Correspondent / March 9, 2011

Libya's leader Muammar Qaddafi poses after an interview with a Turkish television reporter at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli on March 8.

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As Libya’s embattled leader launches counterattacks against rebel forces, he has once again blamed foreign interference for causing the rebellion in his country.

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Both in an interview with Turkish television and in a speech in Tripoli broadcast over state television, Muammar Qaddafi accused foreigners of trying to colonize Libya and take its oil and said he would fight the imposition of a no-fly zone, a move the international community is considering. Despite Mr. Qaddafi’s typically zealous speech, many observers say that the situation seems to be moving toward a stalemate.

NATO is weighing the possibility of placing a no-fly zone over Libya, a move Qaddafi has said he will adamantly oppose. The BBC’s Wyre Davies, posted in Tripoli, says that the Libyan leader appears to be “in [an] increasingly confident and belligerent mood,” showing little interest in making compromises with the opposition.

“If they take such a decision [to impose a no-fly zone], it will be useful for Libya, because the Libyan people will see the truth, that what they want is to take control of Libya and to steal their oil,” said Qaddafi in the Turkish TV interview reposted by the BBC. “Then the Libyan people will take up arms against them.”

In his address, Qaddafi also claimed that he had proof of foreign interference, saying that his forces arrested internationals in a raid on a mosque, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“They had their weapons and alcohol as well,” said Qaddafi, describing the raid. “Some of them ... come from Afghanistan, some of them come from Egypt, some of them come from Algeria just to misguide our children.”

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