Gaddafi threatens Europe
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Gaddafi threatens attacks in Europe

Libyan leader tells West to 'retreat before you face catastrophe,' threatens to launch attacks in Europe should strikes against him persist. 'If we decide to, we are able to move to Europe like locusts, like bees,' Gaddafi says

Gaddafi threatens Europe: A defiant Muammar Gaddafi has threatened to carry out attacks in Europe unless NATO halts its campaign of airstrikes against his regime in Libya.



Gaddafi delivered the warning Friday in an audio message played to thousands of supporters gathered in the main square of the capital Tripoli.


The Libyan leader said that unless strikes stop, "we can decide to treat you in a similar way." 


Addressing the West, Gaddafi said Libyans might take revenge.


"These people (the Libyans) are able to one day take this battle ... to Europe, to target your homes, offices, families, which would become legitimate military targets, like you have targeted our homes," he said. "If we decide to, we are able to move to Europe like locusts, like bees." 


"We advise you to retreat before you face a catastrophe," Gaddafi told the crowd of supporters who waved green flags and posters of the Libya leader.


"I advise you to ground your planes ... and to hold discussions with the Libyan people," Gaddafi said, denouncing an arrest warrant against him issued on Monday by the International Criminal Court.


Friday's was one of the largest pro-government rallies in recent weeks. It came just four days after the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Gaddafi, his son Seif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi for crimes against humanity.


International prosecutors allege government troops fired on civilian protesters during anti-Gadhafi street demonstrations earlier this year.


AP and Reuters contributed to the report



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