Moammar Gadhafi urges Libyans to 'destroy' rebels

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CAIRO (AP) -- Moammar Gadhafi has called on Libyans to "destroy" the rebels who have overtaken Tripoli forced his regime into hiding. The appeal comes as intense fighting has erupted in the Libyan capital.

The maverick leader made the plea Thursday in a brief audio statement broadcast on Al-Arabiya and other Arab stations.