September 19th Updates

New York: London: Tripoli:

Al Jazeera20:28 Al Jazeera English Al Jazeera correspondent Hashem Ahelbarra reports that anti-Gaddafi forces have captured Sabha airport and taken control of the southern city’s Manshiya district

Sabha, deep in the Sahara desert, is one of the last redoubts held by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

NATO12:19 NATO On September 18th, NATO aircraft flew 113 sorties, including 42 strike sorties. Some of the key hits included:

In the vicinity of Sirte: 1 Military Facility, 1 Command and Control Node, 1 Multiple Rocket Launcher, 4 Air Missile Systems.
In the vicinity of Waddan: 1 Tank, 4 Multiple Rocket Launchers, 2 Armed Vehicles, 6 Anti Aircraft Guns.

Al Jazeera12:08 Al Jazeera English A Turkish military cargo plane dropping humanitarian aid over the Libyan town of Bani Walid came under fire from the ground, the Turkish news agency Anatolia reported.

The incident happened when one of two Turkish C-130 transport planes parachuting aid to residents was fired on, the agency said, citing a journalist on the plane.

Reuters12:06 Reuters A spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi said on Sunday that 17 “mercenaries”, including what he called French and British “technical experts” had been captured in the Gaddafi bastion of Bani Walid in Libya.

“A group was captured in Bani Walid consisting of 17 mercenaries. They are technical experts and they include consultative officers,” Moussa Ibrahim told Syrian-based Arrai TV.

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