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Somali goverment forces warily enter former rebel areas

Somali government forces backed by African Union troops moved cautiously on Sunday into areas of the famine-struck capital abandoned the day before by Shebab rebels, a senior military official said. A small number of gunmen from the Al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab militia were still in war-torn Mogadishu after their surprise pullout…

AP photographer missing in Libya

NEW YORK – Associated Press photographer Altaf Qadri has gone missing while covering the military conflict in Libya, the news organization said Sunday. “We have lost contact with our AP colleague, photographer Altaf Qadri, in eastern Libya. We are concerned about his safety and are taking appropriate steps to locate…

Eight Libyan rebels die in fighting on Misrata road

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said they repelled a government attack on Misrata on Saturday and praised a “positive change” from NATO after it carried out several air strikes on Gaddafi’s forces there. The fighting centered on theNakl al-Theqeel road to Misrata’s rebel-controlled port, where a Red Cross-chartered vessel carrying medical…

Outgunned Libyan rebels on the run as air strikes resume

AJDABIYA, Libya – Libyan rebels were driven back some 200 kilometres by the superior firepower of Moamer Kadhafi’s forces on Wednesday in a chaotic stampede which saw them yield most of the ground their recent advances had secured. But the first air strike in two days against loyalist positions in…

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…

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