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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.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Mike Coffey

    360 team, it's heart breaking to see the Libian's being so brutally killed.
    Idea: Put the fight back in Tripoli, implement local no fly zone just over Tripoli, order all heavy equipment to be parked 50 miles in the desert, or it is destroyed, then air drop weapons of equal power to what's left over Tripoli and let the locals figure it out. If the numbers are vastly against Gaddafi is will be over quickly. It is then a local affair. Arming the east just creates a military front. Mike

    March 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
  2. Bob

    Once again Obama is showing a lack of knowledge on how to deal with foreign affairs. What on earth is he waiting for? Mr. President please help those poor people get rid of that insane killer NOW!

    March 10, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  3. Dustin

    I would like to say that we need to stay out of libya.Its not right what ghadafi is doing to his people but it is an internal matter.Do you actually think that our government would just sit by if we were trying to overthrow our own government.Military and government spending is already at an all time high and any involvement in the crisis will only put us in more debt .Our military already has enough on its plate.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  4. Licia C. Paskay

    Anderson,
    You have so much power and although you want to remain neutral I'm begging you to launch a support campaign in favor of democracy in Libya. Asking for democracy and freedom will help Libyans feel supported and not forgotten. They are risking everything right now while we sit in the comfort of our homes, safe and warm. Please consider spearheading a support movement for democracy NOW in Libya. Support is more than guns and planes... Please be the agent of change...

    March 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  5. Rick Sudbury Ontario

    The world is witnessing the worst case of political genocide since the holocaust. Shame on the USA, NATO and others that sit on their hands waiting to see who will own the oil. Thousands killed while millions watch and their blood is on your hands.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  6. Carlton Buford

    Anderson, I believe the solution to the Libyan situation is that the Libyan people must do what the Egyptians and Civil rights movement did in the 1960's. Libyans must organize, come together in mass as a whole country and stake out in a high visibility location in the country, unwilling to leave for days, weeks, willing to die and be masaquered by Kadafi, men women and children. This will give the US and Nato forces the legal presedence to move in and rescue them with the support of the entire world. Right now they have regressed into general warfare tactics which ties the hands of the US and Nato. Egypt and Civil rights movement was successful, because the participants of those movements were willing to die and strategically expose themselves for the world to see. This is the solution, Egypt and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's Laid the framework, the Libyans are regressing back into unorganized, fragmented fighting which makes them helpless victims of Kadafi which does not give US and Nato the basis for support and rescue

    March 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  7. Allen F Mackenzie

    Anderson, you should do an expose on the United Nations policy Responsibility-to-Protect
    and expose the hypocrisy of their positions and the vacuity of their words.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  8. George from VA

    Don't forget war is a ugly thing.Americans has killed probaly more children that anyone. Not on purpose that is just war and we have been in way to many wars. Protect the american people and guard the borders from others. GOD BLESS AMERICA

    March 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  9. Stuart Toronto

    First off, your coverage is not only honest and the leader in responsible media right now, but you are one of the few voices of freedome for the poor outgunned souls in libya. Which is more than I can say for the happless leaders of the so called free world. outside of france they should all be ashamed of themselves. And President Obama, I had so much hope just 20 short months ago. You're just a dithering fence sitter on this event just like you are on so many other foreign policy issues. Roosevelt, Kennedy and Lincoln would be so let down by you right now. As we all are !!!

    March 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  10. Kurt

    Already we are blaming the higher cost of fuel on North Africa. That being said, I guess we’re not and won’t be buying any more oil from the lunatic Gadafi? How convenient! Can’t wait to see just how rich the new middle men will get on this one. Just change the country of origin on the tanker paper work and make a cool million. What, did someone think that any blood oil would be off loaded and re loaded at some “good” port? Oil will arrive here in the US, straight from Libya, on time, just as it always has, regardless the mental condition of the dictator.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  11. mike

    come on US GOV help lybia we have helped worse for less and oh bye the way what the hell about the people and ex vets here in the US guees we dont care!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  12. Crundell

    It is absolutely insane to me that the international community is in a wait and see mode. This is a brutal dictator who is willing to do whatever he has to in order to stay in power. We have an obligation to respect the rights of other nations but Libiyan citizens have said enough. When are we going to say enough. This is a humanitarian effort at this point. Lay the politics aside.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Bill

    A no fly will mean nothing. USA needs to take care of its own first.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  14. Bill

    Anderson,
    We can't pull out of Afghanistan and get involved in Libya without a moral conflict. Its either...or. Yes, a real tragedy but no, we're not going.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Ali Libyan

    On behalf of the Libyan people everywhere I would like to say Thank you Anderson Cooper for the coverage of the situation in Libya. Whats happening now in my country is just horrific. I wake up every morning wishing to log on the Internet and read that this whole thing is over. We are sick and tired of hearing the UN and the NATO issuing warnings and "discussing options" while Gaddafi is taking lives by the minute.

    And the whole Al Qaieda lie, is just that: a lie! Pure and simple. We have the liberals and the conservatives and everything in between. Extremism has no place in our country, no place at all.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  16. hafiz

    IT's going to take a Moses to save these people in Libya now! God Help Us!

    March 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Cindy. Wisconsin

    Hello Anderson and all the staff, reporters of your show. Thank you for continuing the story happening in the Middle East. It is terrible that we are actually allowing this modern Holocaust to continue on day after day. We need to stop talking of maybe doing something, to get our fighter jets over there and shoot the out of Gadhafi army. God have mercy!

    March 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  18. judy seward

    I like Debbie's idea.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  19. Emhemed

    I am Libyan. All Libyans are waiting for NO-FLY ZONE. After that we will see what is gonna happen.
    More than 95% of Libyans hate the assassin Ghadafi. He has been destroying Libya for more than 41 years.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  20. judy seward

    It is beyond irresponsible of the President to say Gaddafi must go, move our ships around and do nothing. He has to know one can't bluff Gaddafi. Wouldn't it be honest and courageous to tell the protesters we wished them well but were not going to help?
    Or is something far more evil at play here? Are we only after their oil? God help us.

    March 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  21. Debbie

    Can somebody with skills set up a simple online site to "sign" a petition delivered to every member of Congress demanding U.S. action on Libya? We need to wake our representatives up to the urgency of this tragedy. Today we debated school bullies when a real tyrant is murdering people!

    March 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  22. Annie Kate

    Sounds like Gadhafi may prevail after all as long as the military stands with him. The rebels do not stand much chance against a cohesive well armed army. The rebels in Benghazi need to try to organize their "troops" as well as they can and be sure they have plenty of firepower. A no-fly zone might help them hold out but with the reclamation of the areas around Tripoli it seems like what Gadhafi said about he would prevail might just unfortunately be true.

    March 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm |