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Gaddafi defiant as Libya rebels consolidate gains

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi vowed to resist both rebels and NATO air strikes, as the insurgents sought to consolidate gains on one front and readied to push forward on another. “Millions of people are on my side,” Kadhafi said in a speech broadcast over loudspeakers to partisans in Al-Aziziya, 50…

Libyan rebels claim control of Brega

AJDABIYA, Libya — Libya’s rebels said they were in control of Brega on Monday as loyalist forces retreated leaving just 150-200 fighters pinned down inside the refinery town but the government insisted it had repulsed the rebel assault. “The bulk of (Moamer) Kadhafi’s forces have retreated to Ras Lanuf,” rebel…

Germany recognizes rebels as fighting rages in Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) – Germany on Monday gave official recognition to Libya’s rebels, amid a surge in fighting across the country and as the US pressed African states to demand that strongman Moamer Kadhafi step down. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said after meeting rebel leaders in their capital Benghazi…

Rebels blame Gaddafi in oil pipeline bombing

AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – A NATO air strike killed at least five rebels near the Libyan port of Brega on Thursday, medics said, and insurgents reported Muammar Gaddafi’s forces killed five more in a bombardment of besieged Misrata. Wounded rebels being brought to the hospital in Ajdabiyah in rebel-held east…

Gaddafi using human shields to curb air strikes: NATO

AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is using human shields to foil air strikes on his forces, NATO officials said on Wednesday as rebels angry at alleged Western inaction battled anew to advance on the key coast road. In their eastern heartland, the ragged, ill-trained rebels set out again to…

Libyan Rebels Make Key Advances

AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels backed by allied air strikes retook the strategic town of Ajdabiyah on Saturday after an all-night battle that suggested the tide was turning against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in the east. France said its warplanes had destroyed five Libyan and two helicopters on the ground…

Gaddafi forces advance closer to rebel capital

BREGA, Libya – Libyan rebels on Sunday retreated from another key town under heavy shelling from government forces as Moamer Kadhafi loyalists swept closer towards the main opposition-held city of Benghazi. A lightning counter-offensive over the past week has pushed ragtag rebels out of Mediterranean coastal towns, allowing the regime…

Libyan town bombed as rebels push west

UQAYLA, Libya (AFP) – Libyan forces bombed the rebel town of Ajdabiya on Friday as anti-regime fighters pushed the front line westwards and the UN refugee agency voiced concern for the safety of those fleeing the violence. US President Barack Obama said all options were on the table for driving…

Gaddafi warns of bloodbath if West intervenes

TRIPOLI – Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi warned on Wednesday “thousands” would die if the West intervened to support the uprising against him, as rebels drove back an attack by his forces on an eastern town. The chilling warning came as western powers dampened expectations of any early imposition of a…

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