NEAR BREGA/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels massed for a counter-attack against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in the east on Thursday, both buoyed by and wary of news of covert U.S. support and his foreign minister’s defection.
“We are beginning to see the Gaddafi regime crumble,” rebel spokesman Mustafa Gheriani said in the eastern town of Benghazi, while stopping short of welcoming fugitive foreign minister Moussa Koussa, a former spy chief, into the rebel fold.
BENGHAZI, Libya, March 31 (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi’s forces have sown land mines in areas around the city
of Ajdabiyah, adding a dangerous new element to the war on the
eastern front, human rights and mine experts said on Thursday.
The mines include Brazilian-made anti-personnel mines and
Egyptian-made anti-tank mines.
BIN JAWAD, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s forces attacked rebel fighters with a hail of machinegun and rocket fire on Tuesday, prompting a panicked, chaotic retreat beyond the town of Bin Jawad.
Rebels waiting on the open desert road leaped behind dunes and mounds of earth and shot at the Gaddafi troops as they arrived.
NEAR BIN JAWAD, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s forces fired heavy weapons at rebels overnight and retook a small town east of the Libyan leader’s home city, rebels and witnesses said.
The sporadic thud of heavy weapons could be heard on Tuesday morning outside Nawfaliyah, which lies about 150 km (90 miles) from Sirte, Gaddafi’s birthplace and a military base.
BIN JAWAD, Libya (Reuters) – Libya rebels have enjoyed remarkable success in the past few days of their war against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, but they face sterner tasks ahead which will show if they have reached their limits.
Allied air strikes have been the crucial factor in their advance through more than 300 km (190 miles) of desert, bringing them to within 80 km (50 miles) of the Gaddafi loyalist stronghold of Sirte.
NAWFALIYAH/MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – Rebels advanced west toward the birthplace of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Monday, firing mortars and heavy machineguns in sporadic clashes with loyalist forces.
Emboldened by Western-led air strikes against Gaddafi’s troops, rebels took the town of Nawfaliyah and moved toward Sirte, Gaddafi’s home town and an important military base, in the sixth week of an uprising against his 41-year rule.
NAWFALIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels fired mortars and rounds from heavy machineguns in sporadic clashes with Muammar Gaddafi’s forces as they advanced westwards along the coast on Monday.
Aided by Western-led air strikes against Gaddafi’s loyalists, the rebels took the town of Nasiriyah and moved toward the Libyan leader’s hometown of Sirte.
RAS LANUF, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels advancing towards Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte scooped petrol with bottles tied on strings from depleted gas stations on Monday as a push west stretched their supply lines.
Aided by Western-led air strikes against Gaddafi’s forces, rebels driving pick-ups mounted with machine guns have dashed almost unchallenged westwards, reversing earlier losses in a five-week insurgency.
RAS LANUF, Libya (Reuters) – A steady stream of rebels in pick-up trucks mounted with machineguns drove towards Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte on Monday, seeking to extend their advance west.
A spokesman in Benghazi said rebels based in east Libya had captured Sirte on Monday, but a Reuters correspondent in the city said there was no sign that rebel forces were in control.
BIN JAWAD, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s ramshackle rebel army has pushed west to retake a series of towns from the forces of Muammar Gaddafi who are being pounded by Western air strikes.
Emboldened by the help of the air strikes, the rebels have rapidly reversed military losses in their five-week insurgency and regained control of all the main oil terminals in eastern Libya, as far as the town of Bin Jawad.