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Zawiya Falls: Join the Live Chat

The Libyan city of Zawiya has fallen, and Gadhafi's forces are trying to hide evidence of what went on there, while trying to hunt down those who fought them. You'll hear from the ITV News reporter who has that evidence. Plus, here at home, the latest development on the Wisconsin budget vote.

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Filed under: Live Blog
March 10th, 2011
09:29 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Libya's Military Retakes City

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The Libyan military is gaining ground, retaking the city of Zawiya, 30 miles west of Tripoli.

Tonight on 360, you'll hear from ITV reporter Bill Neely, the first journalist to enter Zawiya after the fighting ended.

Neely said it's the worst devastation he's ever seen. He's covered plenty of conflicts, but again this is the worst he's ever seen.

He saw bombed-out tanks and bullet holes covering the opposition's other military vehicles. Neely also said he counted more than 20 fresh graves.

Neely watched as the pro-government forces cleaned up the streets of Zawiya. He said when the western media is bused into the city there will be no signs of what he saw.

To the east of Tripoli, the city of Ras Lanouf may fall next, if it hasn't already. CNN's Ben Wedeman was on the outskirts of the city when an intense artillery bombardment was under way. With the opposition seriously outgunned, many fighters fled out of town, including doctors from a hospital. Their hospital narrowly escaped being hit.

"If we must die, we will die here," a doctor told Wedeman, as the doctor sat in his car by the side of the road, hoping to return.

Saif Gadhafi, a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says the regime "will never give up" and "never ever surrender."

He denounced any possible foreign intervention in Libya. "The Libyan people will never welcome NATO or Americans, Gadhafi said."Libya is not piece of cake. We are not Mickey Mouse.”

On Capitol Hill, James Clapper, America's top intelligence officer, warned the Senate Armed Services Committee that the elder Gadhafi is it for the long haul.

"I think, over the longer term, that the regime will prevail," Clapper said.

But would a no-fly zone stop the government's advance? We'll talk it over with Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark and Foud Adjami, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Plus, John King will lay out the possible scenarios under a no-fly zone mandate.

Tonight we'll also take you to Wisconsin where a Republican bill stripping state workers of most of their collective bargaining rights passed the state Assembly today. The governor is expected to sign it sometime tonight.

The legislation isn't sitting well with protesters, who forced police to drag them out of the state Capitol today. Many of them shouted "shame, shame, shame" during the tense escort.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 10th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Libyan government forces retake Zawiya

CNN Wire Staff

Ras Lanuf, Libya (CNN) - Libyan government soldiers made headway Thursday against rebel forces, retaking the city of Zawiya, just west of the capital city of Tripoli, after a week of attacks.

ITV News' Bill Neely said he was the first reporter to gain access to the city center, which was firmly in control of the government. Zawiya's main Martyrs' Square was littered with the bombed-out, scorched carcasses of army tanks and other military vehicles. Neely said he counted more than 20 freshly dug graves.

He said doctors had told him that scores of civilians were wounded or killed; they called the onslaught a massacre.

Workers were sweeping up the evidence as Gadhafi supporters chanted slogans and waved green flags. "Today Zawiya, tomorrow Benghazi," Neely said one man told him in a reference to Libya's main rebel-held city in the east.

The city itself, once home to 250,000 residents, appeared largely empty. Shops were closed and houses appeared empty, Neely said.

Pro-government forces waved green flags in support of leader Gadhafi.

State-run television showed off weapons and ammunition that it said had been left behind by the rebels, whom the reporter referred to as "terrorists, dogs and traitors," Neely said.

Payback appears to have begun, said one man, who told ITV that government forces were carrying out house-to-house searches. "They start to arrest people, normal people," he said. "Some of them I know personally; they have nothing to do with what's happening."

Libya said it had also taken control of the key oil port of Ras Lanuf from opposition forces, as international diplomats and leaders maneuvered to counter and undermine the tenacious regime of embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Battles also raged in and around Ras Lanuf and many other cities, with the regime using planes and heavy artillery in its effort to reclaim areas that had been taken by the opposition.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
March 10th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Gadhafi likely to survive revolt, U.S. intelligence chief says

CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - The United States plans to send "purely humanitarian" disaster relief teams into eastern Libya, where rebels battling longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi may be losing ground in that country's civil war, top U.S. officials said Thursday.

White House National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon told reporters that the U.S. Agency for International Development teams will be sent into monitor the delivery of humanitarian aid and should not be viewed as a military operation.

"It can in no way shape or form be seen as military intervention," Donlion said. The teams will assess that humanitarian aid is being delivered, he said, adding, "This is purely humanitarian to better assist in a humanitarian way the people of Libya."

Donilon's announcement came as officials in Washington, Europe and the Middle East are debating whether to aid rebel forces, who have been battling to topple Gadhafi since mid-February. But in a blunt assessment to Congress, National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Gadhafi's advantage in military force makes him likely to survive the revolt.

Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the rebels are "in for a tough row" against Gadhafi, who still commands warplanes, an air-defense network and loyal army brigades against the opposition forces. He cautioned that the situation is "very fluid," but added, "I think, longer term, the regime will prevail."

"I do believe Gadhafi is in this for the long haul," Clapper said. "I don't think he has any intention, despite some of the press speculation to the contrary, of leaving. From all evidence that we have - which I'd be prepared to discuss in closed session - he appears to be hunkering down for the duration."

The comment led to a call for Clapper's firing by a member of the committee, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham. In a statement issued after the hearing, Graham said the remarks were "not helpful to our national security interests."

But Clapper's assessment was backed up by Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Burgess told senators that Gadhafi "seems to have staying power, unless some other dynamic changes at this time."

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
March 10th, 2011
06:30 PM ET

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill to curb collective bargaining

Ed Lavandera
CNN

Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) - After weeks of demonstrations in the state capital, Wisconsin Republicans cleared a final hurdle to a controversial proposal on Thursday after the state's Assembly passed an amended version of a bill that would curtail the bargaining rights of most state workers.

The vote was 53-42 in favor of the bill.

"I applaud all members of the Assembly for showing up, debating the legislation and participating in democracy," Gov. Scott Walker said in a written statement.

State Senate Republicans had approved the amended version Wednesday night, despite the absence of 14 Democratic senators who fled the state to prevent a necessary quorum of 20 votes.

The amended bill stripped the spending components out of the original proposal, enabling lawmakers to pass the measure with fewer votes.

Cries of "Shame, Shame, Shame!" filled the Capitol building following Thursday's vote. The bill will soon be delivered to Walker's desk, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

Meanwhile, at least one Senate Democrat said he has returned to his home state after spending weeks in Illinois in an effort to prevent the bill's passage.

Sen. Jim Holperin said the remaining 13 absentee Democrats will be returning individually between Thursday and Saturday.

But Democrat Sen. Kathleen Vinehout quickly disputed that assertion, claiming absentee lawmakers have remained in Illinois. She added that she did not know where Holperin was.

Full story


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Ed Lavandera • Raw Politics
March 10th, 2011
05:41 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/10/11

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

TV Personality Larry King performs onstage at the Comedy Central Roast Of Donald Trump at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Update: Beat 360° Winners:

Staff
Sam Meyer
“Only three wives? Amateur.”


Viewer

Andrew N.
"People say I'm old! Well you're so old that...that... I forget..."

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03:15 PM ET
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