Sirte fall; rumors swirl of Gaddafi capture, but all unconfirmed

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Sirte thất thủ, tin đồn lan truyền nói bắt được Gaddaafi, nhưng không có tin nào kiểm chứng được.

By Melissa Bell

The final stronghold (thành trì, đồn lũy, cứ điểm) of Moammar Gaddafi loyalists fell to (rơi vào tay, sụp đổ, collapse) the Libyan fighters Thursday.

Anti-Gaddafi fighters celebrated the fall of Sirte (Esam Al-Fetori /Reuters) Two months after Libyan rebels captured the capital of Tripoli, fighters ferreted out (sục sạo, search + hunt) the last remaining loyalists in Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte.

 

Rumors swirled that not only had the town fallen, but the troops may have captured Gaddafi. The Washington Post is unable to independently verify this information and the only sources on it are Transitional National Council member Jamal abu-Shaalah quoted in Al Jazeera and Abdel Majid, a council official quoted by the Reuters news agency.

Reuters reports that Gaddafi was fleeing the city (trốn khỏi thành phố) in a convoy when NATO warplanes attacked.

Gaddafi has proved elusive (có tài lẫn tránh, skilful at eluding capture) during the fighting and has not been seen since Tripoli fell. There have been a number of reports in the past that he was captured or near capture. The U.S. State Department says it cannot confirm media reports of Gaddafi’s capture.

Libyan officials previously had said they believed Gaddafi to be hiding somewhere in the vast southwestern desert. Sirte is on the northern coast of the country.

What is confirmed, though, is that Libyan fighters are raucously (một cách ồn ào bát nháo, trong không khí xô bồ) celebrating the fall of Sirte. The Associated Press reports:

“In the central quarter where the final battle took place, the fighters looking like the same ragtag (rách rưới) force that started the uprising eight months ago jumped up and down with joy and flashed V-for-victory signs. Some burned the green Gadhafi flag, then stepped on (dẫm chân lên) it with their boots.

“They chanted ’Allah akbar,’ or ‘God is great’ in Arabic, while one fighter climbed a traffic light pole to unfurl (trương lên) the revolution’s flag, which he first kissed. Discarded military uniforms of Gadhafi’s fighters littered (vương vãi  khắp) the streets. One revolutionary fighter waved a silver trophy (chiếc cúp bạc) in the air while another held up a box of firecrackers (pháo), then set them off (đốt cho nổ)”


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  • celebrated the fall of: ăn mừng sự thất thủ của
  • Moammar Gaddafi loyalists: những kẻ trung thành với Gaddafi
  • uprising: cuộc nổi dậy
  • flashed V-for-victory signs: huơ tay làm dấu chữ V
  • believed Gaddafi to be hiding somewhere in: tin rằng Gaddafi đang trốn đâu đó
  • traffic light pole: cột đèn xanh đèn đỏ, cột đèn giao thông

 


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