It has also confirmed that France has set up an advance military base in northern Niger on the border with Libya.
[October 1 2011 Gaddafi: south of Ubari? ]
At the far side of Ubari sits a military base that was used by Tuareg fighters in Col Gaddafi’s army. Just a few Tuareg who have joined the revolution are left there.
One of them, Abdullah Suqi, told us his commanders fled along with hundreds of men towards Niger last week.
Another, Omar Sedi, said he did not believe Col Gaddafi could survive for long in the desert without logistical support and people to provide him with fuel, food and water.
Beyond Ubari, there is nothing but sand and rock stretching the 350km to the borders of Niger and Algeria. The road is the one Col Gaddafi’s family used to flee Libya.