Major Media Liars Report Fake NATO Victories - by Stephen Lendman
Courageous loyalists are holding their own despite daily NATO terror bombing and ground assaults.
On October 9, BBC claimed National Transitional Council (NTC) forces "made significant gains in the battle for the city of Sirte. (NTC) commanders said they had captured the main hospital, the university and the Ouagadougou conference center."
Sirte is "close to falling." After it's taken, NTC officials "say they will declare national liberation, even if Gaddafi remains at large."
"NTC chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil told reporters in Tripoli" that Sirte and Bani Walid liberation "will happen within this week."
On October 10, BBC headlined, "Sirte ready to fall," repeating the same canard. More on that below.
On October 10, AP headlined, "Libyan revolutionary forces celebrate gains but fierce fighting persists over Gaddafi hometown," saying:
"Jubilant revolutionary forces have raised their tri-color flag over a convention center in Sirte that long served as a base for (Gaddafi) loyalists, even as fighting rages elsewhere in the fugitive leader's hometown."
Sirte commander "Younis al-Abdally....says his troops have surrounded pro-Gaddafi fighters in a small area in the upscale neighborhood of Dollar Street."
On October 9, New York Times writer Kareem Fahim headlined, "Fighters Enter City Once Home to Qaddafi," saying:
Anti-Gaddafi "fighters battled their way into the heart of this coastal city on Sunday, seizing a sumptuous conference center (and) nearby Ibn Sina hospital...."
"By Sunday afternoon, anti-Qaddafi fighters were speaking confidently about their chances of finally taking (Sirte), as a coordinated ring of troops closed in on loyalists in their remaining pockets."
On October 10, Al Jazeera reported a "final push into Sirte," saying "Anti-Gaddafi forces say they've captured more than half of (the city), one of (Gaddafi's) last remaining strongholds."
Correspondent Tony Birtley's one-sided report falsified facts on the ground, claiming "70%" of Sirte was captured. His sole truthful comment was "(t)his is not finished yet."