Indeed not, as Gaddafi loyalists are prevailing, contrary to falsified Al Jazeera and Western media reports. They include Al Jazeera saying on October 11 that TNC fighters "punched through (Sirte's) last line of defence," encountering "light resistance and suffer(ing) no casualties...."
On October 10, Christof Lehmann's NSNBC said Sirte loyalists successfully resisted NATO terror bombing and rebel attacks for months.
"Even Al Jazeera's Hollywood Narrative of the attack on Sirte (was discredited) when the 'embedded grand standing' at a freshly captured university campus (was short-lived by a) message (saying) 'we have to withdraw because there is a massive counterattack coming.' "
Gaddafi loyalists continue to show redoubtable staying power against all NATO's might and paramilitary cutthroat army onslaughts. They're in it for the money, other assorted reasons, and all they can loot. They've taken full advantage despite getting pummeled across the country.
In Sirte alone since Sunday, heavy fighting killed about 200 TNC fighters. In late evening, "TNC leader Mahmud Jubril (withdrew) 'all fighters with allegiance to him' from the Sirte theater, saying 'it was senseless to sacrifice 200 fighters for a one minute Al Jazeera Victory."
Actually, Birtley's report ran about three minutes, none but a sole comment worth hearing.
Despite earlier more worthy credentials, Al Jazeera News channel (JNC) compromised them by waging one-sided war against Gaddafi and Syria's Assad since last winter. Abandoning all professionalism and objectivity, it's more a voice for power than truth.
On Sepember 20, The New York Times said WikiLeaks disclosures forced news director Wadah Khanfar to resign. Sheikh Hamad Ben Jassem Al-Thani, a Qatari royal family member, replaced him.
Qatar funds Al Jazeera. It's also part of NATO's anti-Gaddafi coalition. Sheikh Hamad formerly chaired its board of directors with veto power over program content. With direct programming control, all JNC reporting henceforth will be suspect.
Notably throughout 2011, Khanfar's pro-Western support got some JNC journalists to leave. They were unwilling to report managed news and information like BBC and America's media. With a Qatari royal family member in charge, JNC's fall from grace may reach bottom.
NSNBC reported a source it uses saying "an unnamed US intelligence agency has approached TNC leaders, suggesting the division of Libya into a Northern and Southern state" to provide cover for bringing in Blue Helmet paramilitary occupiers. The Security Council authorized them.
NATO and rebel war crimes also continue. Besides attacking Sirte's university campus and Ibn Sina Hospital, NATO "bombed a civilian house, killing 22, with 20 others missing." America's media no longer notice.
Near Bani Walid, ambushed TNC fighters "took heavy casualties....In Gheryan, Libyan forces successfully attacked a military industrial complex," heavily defended by "troops from NATO countries and Qatar." Key military installations were destroyed.
Controlling most of the city, Benghazi loyalists are making slow progress "against heavily entrenched TNC fighters." Unconfirmed reports say city tribal leaders are ready to join Libyan forces.
Fighting across Libya continues. NATO and cutthroat rebels commit daily war crimes. The appalling humanitarian crisis worsens. Diplomatic initiatives are absent to end it. "Where is a UN Fact Finding Mission? Where is an African Union Observer in Sirte?"
When will courageous African and other leaders say "enough is enough?" When will culpable NATO nations and officials be held accountable for turning Libya into a charnel house?