Libya’s interim leader predicts Sirte victory by end of week – CSMonitor.com http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2011/1011/Libya-s-interim-leader-predicts-Sirte-victory-by-end-of-week
BBC reports that the NTC will declare Libya liberated once they fully capture Sirte, even in Mr. Qaddafi is still at large. Although the desert town of Bani Walid also remains in Qaddafi loyalist hands, the rebels do not consider it critical for declaring victory because it does not lead to any escape routes through which Qaddafi could flee the country. Rebel fighters incurred heavy casualties in the fight for Sirte. Loyalist fighters used snipers and mortar barrages to pick them off as they advanced on loyalist bastions in the city, such as the main Sirte hospital and the Ouagadougou conference center, which Qaddafi built for hosting regional summits, according to the BBC.
I’m pretty sure this is how a completely different scenario was *supposed* to play out. Pretty wild what competent leadership can do.