Gadhafi: The West Has Abandoned Me in Fight Against 'Terrorists'

In interview with ABC, Libyan leader says U.S. has forsaken alliance to combat Al-Qaida, adding 'Perhaps the [U.S.] wants to occupy Libya'.

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Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, facing a popular uprising, accused Western countries of abandoning his government in its fight against "terrorists" in an interview with U.S. television network ABC on Monday.

"I'm surprised that we have an alliance with the West to fight al-Qaida, and now that we are fighting terrorists they have abandoned us," Gadhafi, told ABC's Christiane Amanpour.

Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi. Credit: Bloomberg

"Perhaps they want to occupy Libya."

Gadhafi called U.S. President Barack Obama a "good man" but said he appeared to be misinformed about the situation in Libya, ABC News reported on its website.

"The statements I have heard from him must have come from someone else," Gadhafi said. "America is not the international police of the world," he added.

Gadhafi also refused to acknowledge the protests in the mass streets that renewed in the streets of Tripoli on Monday, Amanapour said following the interview.

"During my conversation with Gadhafi, he told me, 'All my people love me. They would die to protect me,'" Amanpour said in a Twitter message.

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