Following are excerpts from an interview with Adel Al-Feitouri, a Libyan army officer fighting with the rebels in Ras Lanuf. The interview aired on Al-Jazeera TV March 8, 2011.
Adel Al-Feitouri: Allah willing, we will march on Sirte and liberate it. Then we will move on to the Bab Al-Azizia military barracks [in Tripoli], and crush the place.
We will catch the rat who called us "rats." He is not a real man. If he were, he would come to fight us on the battlefront. Someone who strikes with airplanes... Yesterday, he struck with airplanes, hitting [peaceful] families. This is not a real man. This is not something real men would do.
Real men face one another on the battlefield. If he and his sons were men, they would face us on the battlefield. Where is he?! Where are his sons?!
Allah willing, we will march on Sirte. We started with a peaceful demonstration, but he wanted war – so let there be war.
The tribes came from the east and from the west. These are young rebels. I'm not talking about the army. The army fused with the youth. They don't want anything but freedom and democracy. They want Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi to stand trial.
Interviewer: Why don't you proceed to the city of Bin Jawad?
Adel Al-Feitouri: In Bin Jawad, they [Al-Qadafi's loyalists] entered the houses, and turned the families into human shields. We don't want to harm these families. This would not be a heroic thing to do.