Gadhafi Flails as Libya Splinters
By ANGUS MCDOWALL in Dubai, MARGARET COKER in Cairo and CHARLES LEVINSON in Baida, Libya
Forces loyal to strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi imposed rough order in Libya’s increasingly fearful capital Wednesday, witnesses said, that stood in sharp contrast to rebel gains in much of the oil-rich country.
Gunshots echoed through the night in Tripoli as Col. Gadhafi clung to power even as the international community discussed ways to isolate him with sanctions. More territory slipped from his control, and rebels began to set up rudimentary governments in outlying areas under their sway. “No-one should count him out, but momentum isn’t going his way,” a U.S. official said.