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Rebels battle for control of Libyan oil town

AJDABIYA, Libya (AFP) – Libyan rebels were on Friday battling Moamer Kadhafi’s forces around the oil town of Brega, as the West backed off from arming the rag-tag fighters and pushed for a political solution instead. An AFP correspondent citing rebel commanders said fighting had erupted around Brega, about 800…

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…

Rebels close in on oil town as NATO set to take charge

TRIPOLI – Rebels battled on to the eastern oil town of Ajdabiya Thursday as plans firmed for NATO to take over coalition operations after Tripoli came under attack for a sixth day and death tolls mounted. France promised to continue air raids “for as long as necessary,” and Italy offered…

Libyan rebels in Zawiyah repel attacks by pro-Gaddafi forces

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebels holding the Libyan city of Zawiyah said they repelled two attacks on Saturday by forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi using tanks and artillery. In a second day of fierce fighting for control of the coastal town, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, government forces…

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