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Libyans Still Wary To Speak Against Gadhafi

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

At the start of your Friday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Group: (Chanting in foreign language)

COREY FLINTOFF: Some of the women say they've been training to defend the government. They give somewhat awkward demonstrations of assembling AK-47 rifles, helped along by a woman in Army fatigues.

(SOUNDBITE OF GUNFIRE)

LEILA KHALID BASHEER: They are Libyan people. They love Moammar Gadhafi so much. Everyone loves Moammar Gadhafi. All of us will die for him. We'll die for him. There's no change for our leader or our flag. Our flag is green, there is no other color.

FLINTOFF: Another man, speaking softly in his noisy shop, says he's grateful for the NATO intervention.

(SOUNDBITE OF ENGINE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

NATO: Thank you, NATO. Thank you.

FLINTOFF: Corey Flintoff, NPR News, Tripoli. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Corey Flintoff is a correspondent with the Foreign Desk. His career has taken him to more than 45 countries.Since 2005, Flintoff has been part of the NPR team covering the Iraq War. He has embedded with U.S. military units fighting insurgents and hunting roadside bombs. His stories from Iraq have dealt with sectarian killings, government corruption, the Christian refugee crisis, and the destruction of Iraq's southern marshes.