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Rebels Drive Gadhafi Out of Misrata

As NATO intensifies air strikes, reports of rebel gains

(Newser) - As NATO steps up its airstrikes in Libya, rebels in Misrata are reporting major battlefield victories, saying they've driven Moammar Gadhafi's troops both out of the city and out of the nearby airport they'd been holed up in. A rebel spokesman tells Voice of America that the... More »

Gadhafi Forces Mount New Offensive on Ajdabiya

'We don't really know who is holding what': rebel fighter

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi's forces shelled the eastern edge of Ajdabiya today, bringing the fight to the front-line rebel town that has been the scene of fierce fighting in recent weeks. Rebel forces fired back with rockets and no government forces entered the city, said a rebel fighter. Rebels acknowledged the... More »

NATO Pushes Gadhafi's Forces Out of Ajdabiya

Airstrikes destroy 25 government tanks in strategic towns

(Newser) - NATO helped to push Moammar Gadhafi’s forces back from the strategic town of Ajdabiya today, with airstrikes hitting killing at least 15 government soldiers. NATO said it destroyed 25 government tanks today, 11 near Ajdabiya and 14 near Misrata, the only rebel-held city in western Libya. Before the airstrikes,... More »

Gadhafi Plants Mines as Libya Rebels Flee

Gadhafi's forces continue to force Libyan rebels' retreat

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi’s forces have taken their fight against the Libyan rebels to the next level, sowing land mines around the city of Ajdabiya. The mines include both anti-personnel mines, which much of the world banned in the 1997 Mines Ban Treaty, and anti-tank mines; Gadhafi’s troops likely planted... More »

Libyan Rebels Retake Key City

Ajdabiya falls in first major turnaround

(Newser) - Libyan rebels regained control of the eastern gateway city of Ajdabiya today after international airstrikes on Moammar Gadhafi's forces, in the first major turnaround for an uprising that once appeared on the verge of defeat. Ajdabiya's sudden fall to Gadhafi's troops spurred the swift UN resolution authorizing international action in... More »

In One Libya Town, 'Absolute Carnage'

Meanwhile, Gates promises US won't take lead for long

(Newser) - International air strikes have not yet turned the tide in Libya: Rebel forces tried to advance toward the strategically important town of Ajdabiya today, but were stopped in their tracks by heavy tank and missile fire from Moammar Gadhafi loyalists, the New York Times reports. Though international planes were heard... More »

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