URGENT  Thousands ready to defend Tripoli: Kadhafi spokesman

DVBP269 4 WP 0094 LBY /AFP-VK44 Libya-conflict-Tripoli-military URGENT  Thousands ready to defend Tripoli: Kadhafi spokesman TRIPOLI, Aug 21, 2011 (AFP) - Libya's capital Tripoli is well-defended by "thousands" of troops, a spokesman of Moamer Kadhafi's regime said on Sunday. "We have thousands of professional soldiers and thousands of volunteers protecting the city," Mussa Ibrahim told reporters in Tripoli after rebels claimed to have launched an operation to isolate the Libyan strongman. Mussa did not comment on the rebel claim. ila/dsg/hkb AFP 211211 GMT AUG 11