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Qaddafi Audio Speech

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On August 15, Libyan state television broadcasted a live speech by Muammar Qaddafi asking civilians to arm themselves to liberate the country from "traitors and from NATO".

His speech, which was audio broadcast, was the first time Qaddafi addressed the public since rebel fighters took control over areas around the capital Tripoli.

"The Libyan people will remain and the Fateh revolution (which brought Gaddafi to power in 1969) will remain. Move forward, challenge, pick up your weapons, go to the fight for liberating Libya inch by inch from the traitors and from NATO," "Get ready for the fight ... The blood of martyrs is fuel for the battlefield."

The Libyan conflict began six months ago, inspired by other popular uprisings in neighboring countries. Security forces have killed hundreds of civilians in one of the worst violent crackdowns under the four decade rule of Muammar Qaddafi.

Rebel fighters, backed by NATO, continue to advance into the capital. The fighting has left thousands of people killed.

Qaddafi describes the rebel fighters as criminals and members of Al Qaeda militants, he also said that the NATO bombing campaign is an act of colonial aggression aimed at stealing Libya's oil reserves.

Speaker:
Muammar Qaddafi, Libyan leader

Voice:
Hani Ziade