British SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi in Libya
British special forces are on the ground in Libya helping to lead the hunt for Muammar Gaddafi.
For the first time, defense sources have confirmed the SAS has been in Libya for several weeks, and played a key role in coordinating the battle for Tripoli.
Seasoned combatants from the city of Misrata led the army of reinforcements into Tripoli. Their fellow fighters spearheaded the weekend assault that saw the Libyan capital swiftly overrun and Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound captured by Tuesday.
With most of the capital in rebel hands, the SAS soldiers, who have been dressed in Arab civilian clothes and carrying the same weapons as the rebels, have been ordered to switch their focus to the search for Gaddafi.
Rumours about Gaddafi’s whereabouts are flying around Tripoli: he’s holed up in a network of tunnels linking the Rixos Hotel, his Bab al-Aziziya compound and the sea; he’s at his farm near the international airport; he’s hiding among the animals at the Tripoli zoo, which is in a park that lies between the compound and the hotel, an area still under loyalist control.
NATO has ordered all available surveillance aircraft, including British spy planes, to focus on tracking Gaddafi.
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