TUNIS - Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam has been traveling around close to Tripoli, meeting tribal leaders and preparing to retake the Libyan capital, his spokesman said on Friday.
In a telephone call to Reuters in Tunisia from what he said was a "southern suburb of Tripoli", Moussa Ibrahim derided the ability of the National Transitional Council to run the country after its rebel fighters forced Gaddafi into hiding and said their Western backers should negotiate with the ousted leader.
And he mocked "the irony" that NATO was now allied to an Islamist fighter who once had contact with al-Qaida and to whom the new government has given military command of the capital.
Sounding relaxed and speaking English in tones familiar from his many televised news conferences at Tripoli's Rixos hotel during the past months of civil war, Ibrahim declined to be specific about where he was calling from -- though it was indeed a Libyan number which appeared on the caller-ID screen.
"I move around a lot and I don't have an Internet connection at the moment," he said, after giving his current location as "a southern suburb of Tripoli".