Gaddafi regime "finished": Britain

Gaddafi has vowed to fight until victory or martyrdom.

Updated: Aug 25, 2011, 22:57 PM IST

London: Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi`s
regime is "finished" but there is a danger that forces loyal
to him will continue fighting for some time, British Foreign
Secretary William Hague said on Thursday.

"The Gaddafi regime is finished. There is no way back for
the Gaddafi regime and clearly many of its key members are on
the run," Hague told reporters.

But he said there remained several thousand fighters
loyal to Gaddafi and "huge numbers of weapons" at large in the
country.

"There is a danger that they will try to continue to
fight," he said, but he insisted the loyalists were in a
"steadily worsening position" as the rebels continued to
advance.

Gaddafi has vowed to fight until victory or martyrdom.

Earlier, British Defence Secretary Liam Fox said that
NATO was providing intelligence and reconnaissance support to
help track Gaddafi down, along with the other remnants of his
regime.

However, Fox declined to comment on a report in the
Daily Telegraph that British Special Forces are on the ground
and helping with the hunt, the BBC reported.

The rebels fighting to end Gaddafi`s 42-year-long rule
have put a USD 1.7 million bounty on his head. The rebels took
control of the Gaddafi compound in Tripoli earlier this week.

The UK has taken a lead role in five months of NATO air
strikes against the apparatus of the Gaddafi regime, in
accordance with a UN mandate to protect Libyan civilians.

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