Muammar Gaddafi has made a speech vowing death or victory in the fight against "aggression", after Libyan rebels seized his Tripoli compound.
In the audio speech, the colonel, whose whereabouts remain unknown, said he had made a "tactical" retreat from his Bab al-Aziziya compound in the capital.
He pledged "martyrdom or victory" and claimed he had secretly been on the streets on Tripoli to assess the situation.
The compound fell on Tuesday to the rebels, who set about demolishing symbols of Col Gaddafi's rule.
Fighters broke the head off a statue of the Libyan leader, kicking it along the ground.