March 2nd, 2011
09:42 PM ET

Inside the Fight for Libya: Join the Live Chat

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A day of battles in Libya. Government forces tried to retake a strategic oil rich city. The opposition held onto the city. We'll talk with CNN's Ben Wedeman who escaped one battle with opposition forces after bombs fell from Libyan Air Force jets.  We'll also hear from CNN's Nic Robertson who was at a rambling two-and-half speech by Moammar Gadhafi. And, Anderson will speak with a Libyan government spokesman to see how the regime's message matches up against the facts.

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  1. James

    I am 100% born and raised in America, I want them to know keep at it, I am willing to go over there and assist in their fight for if that is what they wish for, I do not know these ppl or ask for any payment in return but yet am willing to lay down my life as Americans did for Texans in its battle for freedom from Mexico

    March 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Ben Barsi

    Is this going to lead to currency downfall maybe into an Amero age?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Akram

    Libyan people are being abducted from within their homes in Tripoli for the past few days , anyone who is closely related to someone who has been protesting or has video capture of the recent killings in libya were detained , and yesterday there was a reported 121 people killed by torture. When will the UN move in to take this Mad Dog out !!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Aaron

    If somehow Gadhafi keeps power, and without the UN or NATO that seems very possible, what happens to his ambassadors and officials that have denounced their government? And what happens to Libya and it's standing in the world?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "All those innocent lives that have been lost, and he acts as though everything is alright."

    March 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Is this man that Anderson is talking to a speaker for Gadhafi?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, Ohio

    This guy is trying to justify what the Libyan government did, but he isn't denying it.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Joshua Gore

    For all we know it could be other countiries like our own trying to make it look like theres.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  9. kalau

    I just saw that reporters, foreign reporters were in the press conference held by Gadafi. I woulk like to know if they were free to ask any type of question to Gadafi

    March 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  10. John

    Did Pres. Obama really sign an executive order for martial law???

    March 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Joe the Syrian

    The air strikes in the video didn't really seem to be aiming for people but at like the desert. Are the pilots missing on purpose?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  12. Kevin

    World change is coming!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Patricia

    Good evening everyone.

    @Gayle. Any unilateral action the U.S. takes would be detrimental to the outcome we want. The Colonel would then say, "See, the Imperialist America is trying to take our country away from us." or something to that effect. Any intervention should be done along with other countries on board.

    CNN, it's reporters and Anderson are doing a fantastic job of covering this historical event. Keep up the good work, but stay safe !

    March 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Emily

    I noticed that Nic didn't say that Qaddafi was also blaming France as apart of this. (And they ruled Libya from 1943-51). I wonder if there's more behind that? (leaving France out of it)

    March 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Joshua Gore

    I keep hearing that you all have video of Libya aircrafts bombing and strikind down on there own people. But all I see is the after affects I have yet to see a airplane or anything.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Abdulraheem

    @ Sue...hes so mentally unstable b/c he can't take the pressure...he's never been in a situation where his people voiced themselves in an attempt to overthrow him and those who side with him. It's so outlandish to him that the man is just scrambling for action and for words. he know his time is up.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Hamdi M Zaatut

    Thank you for presenting the truth about the Mad man (Gaddafi)

    We have been telling the world about him for the last 42 years, but the world was blind by the oil.

    Keep up the good work.


    March 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Ben Barsi

    He should die but be imprisoned for his crimes against humanity.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Leila

    Thanks Anderson for telling the truth about what's going on in My Father's Homeland of Libya. It's such a shame that he's killing his own people! Please pray for My Family & other Families for their Safety.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @JoAnn – re: Ben W.- i hope he writes a book..

    I agree that would be an excellent idea! And, if you missed my post ot you last night, LOved the remark about Charlie Sheen.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "I hope he writes a book about all of this."
    I've thought that too! Ben could really pen an amazing book having lived in the region, in different parts and lived though Egypt and reporting in these other countries. It would really be an amazing read. His Twitter page already is.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Sue R. Canton MI.

    It's hard too watch some of the videos of whats happening in Libya. I think the only reason that Gadhafi hasn't committed genocide against his own people yet is because he knows that the world is watching. But there's no telling what he will do because he's mentally unstable.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Gaddafi makes all these claims, but what proof does he offer? No one believes his lies.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Gayle

    why do we all let him Stay alive! we should all put him down! He has no right to stay.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Erika

    The Libyan League for Human Rights (which was created by Saif and his Gaddafi Foundation) was reporting another attack on al Brega on their Facebook page.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Glad to hear Ben was not harmed, he is such a courageous journalist! I hope he writes a book about all of this.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Karen, MN
    Gadhafi is a liar. I can't believe he thinks we would buy his story.

    I agree with you........ Gadhafi is regime over his country. he might retake again, I am sure he will not retake his hometown as well..... Now he is losing his regime or power his office.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  28. Abdulraheem

    Gadaffi is so afraid right now that he recently used his sons to try to enlist the help of notable Muslim clerics in Saudi who for obvious reasons denied his request for a fatwa against the protesters..instead they issued one against him and his sons...his time is up..and he knows

    March 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  29. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Megan & Paula re: reporters in Lybia

    You have to give Ben W. & Nick R. credit for courageous reporting – CNN IS Worldwide News!

    I pray for their safety, and the Lybian peoples' safety too.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Chi

    2 and a half hour speech?! Poor listeners' years! Did he release an executive summary? 🙂

    March 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  31. Emily

    Is there anyone speaking out in Libya saying that what Qaddafi & his sons are saying is all lies? (in the media, etc)

    March 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  32. Janis

    Ben is an amazing journalist. So much danger to be in. Little sleep I imagine.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  33. Emily

    I wonder what percentage of people actually believe Qaddafi when he says that "those protesters are on drugs, etc"? (as an example, when it comes to a jury, the defense only has to sway 1 out of 12 people; rather than convincing 12 out of 12)

    March 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  34. Lori

    Hi Anderson. Hi Everyone. Good evening.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Vincent Blas

    I think a lot of Libyans don't think that they're really living in the dark.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  36. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Amazing what is happening around the world. We are truly witnessing a historic era. I hope it leads to peace

    March 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I hope so, Paula...... I think so we hope Ben Wedeman & Nic Robertson keep their safety in Libya.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Nina

    Good Evening Anderson and team 360

    There is now estimated more than 1,000 people killed. Qaddafi continues to attack and kill his own people who dare to protest his nefarious regime. The Libyan dictator Qaddafi has made it quite clear he will not be forced out of power.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Janis

    Hello everyone.

    Gahdafi is shooting at any crowd that gathers for any reason.

    Stop the influx of mercenaries, UN.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Gayle

    Why don't we go in and help them! It wouldn't take much to help but to do nothing is wrong. were is our President and why doesn't he have a back bone and stand up!!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Kevin

    His dictatorship has rained terror in Libya for decades! What's the sudden interest from the US? Why have world leaders allowed this animal to stay in power?

    March 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello, Nancy, Nichole, Megan, Emily, JoAnn, Mike, Casey, Nina, Heather, Sharon H......everyone.

    One more day in Lybia.....it just gets worse

    March 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Karen, MN

    Hi Anderson and everyone,

    Gadhafi is a liar. I can't believe he thinks we would buy his story.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Emily

    Sounds like Nic Robertson had an interesting day ... looking forward to what he has to say from the 2 1/2 ramble he heard.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings

    March 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh my!!!!!!!!! That is so scary to watch this video on YouTube!!!!!! Yikes!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening everyone.
    Looking forward to the show tonight.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  48. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you on
    It seems to be getting even more dangerous in Libya. It's good you are able to broadcast what is happening there, though I hope Ben Wedeman and all others remain safe.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Isha, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie), Lori, (Adelaide), Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Chi, Jana, Karyn, others and my friend Facebook/Twitter Bloggers!!!!
    Happy Wednesday night!!!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Isha, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Megan, Nicole, Nancy, Gloria, Starr, Nina, & Bloggers.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
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