Libyan rebels start with oil

Steve Dinneen
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LIBYAN rebel leaders have already called workers back into the nation’s oil refineries and say pre-conflict levels of production could be reached within a year.

The country’s Transitional National Council (TNC) said damage to its oil infrastructure is not as bad as previously feared, adding resumption of its 1.6m barrels a day output is an achievable goal.

Meanwhile, Libya’s new masters offered a million-dollar bounty for the fugitive Muammar Gaddafi, after he urged his men to fight on in battles across parts of the capital.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the TNC, said: “Gaddafi’s forces and his accomplices will not stop resisting until Gaddafi is caught or killed. The end will only come when he’s captured, dead or alive.”

In a poor-quality audio tape broadcast by satellite, Gaddafi urged Libya’s tribes to “exterminate traitors, infidels and rats”. Defectors say Gaddafi plans to drop out of sight and then launch a guerrilla war.

There is no clear indication of where Gaddafi is, though his opponents believe he is still in or around Tripoli after what Gaddafi himself described as a “tactical” withdrawal from his Bab al-Aziziya compound before it was captured on Tuesday.