Qaddafi in Tripoli, Vows to Fight to the End: Chess Chief

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is in Tripoli and vowed to fight to the end, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, head of the World Chess Federation and a former Russian regional leader said in a telephone interview in Moscow today.

Ilyumzhinov, who played chess with Qaddafi during a June visit to the Libyan capital, said he spoke with Qaddafi and his son Mohammed by phone today at about 6 p.m. Moscow time.

“I have no plans to leave my country and I’ll fight to the end,” Ilyumzhinov quoted Qaddafi as saying in a 90-second conversation. Qaddafi’s son, Mohammed, called Ilyumzhinov from a satellite phone and then handed the receiver to his father.

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