Gadhafi Forces Drive Rebels From Oil Port
Also re-take Zawiya, sealing off eastern third of nation
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2011 6:07 AM CST
Supporters of Moammar Gadhafi fly the green flag at they drive past foreign journalists in Janzour, 12 miles west of Tripoli, Wednesday, March 9, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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(Newser) – After days of dogged shelling, forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi today drove rebels from the key oil port of Ras Lanouf, a day after they recaptured Zawiya and effectively reclaimed control of the eastern third of the country. Reports out of scarred Zawiya said rebel bodies were being bulldozed away, only a week after they held the eastern half of the country. A rebel commander who is Libya's former interior minister tells the AP that his troops would regroup, saying "we should be back today or at the latest tomorrow."