There have been reports that at least two British special forces have been captured and a number of other foreign combatants in Ban Walid by Pro-Gaddafi forces.
20/10/2011 – Gaddafi is confirmed dead he was killed in Sirte, Libya, suspected of being executed. His death may now lead to peace in Libya.
Some reports suggest the men may be SAS – special air service, who have operated in Libya as support for the NTC combatants, along with French and Qatari special forces, other foreign mercenaries are known to be operating in Libya with the NTC also.
At least two of the men are said to be English and have been detained along with suspected members of the French Foreign Legion. If reports are true then this is a very worrying thing, though there is confidence that Pro-Gaddafi forces would not harm hostages as they would be too valuable.
There were suggestions that some of the men have been executed though so far details on the incident are thin on the ground, and the truth is not initially apparent.
Gaddafis spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said that pro-Gaddafi forces have captured 17 British, French and Qatari nationals during the fight for Bani Walid.
The claim by Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim that foreign security personnel had now been captured has not be verified and no immediate proof has been presented.
The group was said to be captured in Bani Walid today and consisted of 17 mercenaries/NTC helpers. They are said to be technical experts and they include consultative officers, the Gaddafi spokesman Ibrahim said on Syria-based Arrai television, which has supported Gaddafi.
Most the men are said to be French, one is from an Asian country that has not been identified, and two English people have been detained and one Qatari.
Rebel forces appear to be suffering casualties and injuries, falling back and failing in their bid to unify and unite Libya at this time, and a diplomatic solution seems out of the question.
Where the war will go from here is uncertain, though it seems likely that Libya may be partitioned in some way. The ex-rebels have recently complained about a lack of bullets, and the area around Sirte is suffering from sandstorms at this time.