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Mar 31, 2011

Gaddafi forces sow landmines in east Libya

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.

Mar 29, 2011

Gaddafi forces push rebels back beyond Bin Jawad

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.

Mar 29, 2011

Libya rebels pull back under Gaddafi army fire

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.

Mar 29, 2011

Snap analysis: Libya rebels face sterner tasks ahead

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.

Mar 29, 2011

Rebels push west before Libya crisis talks

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.

Mar 28, 2011

Rebels clash with Gaddafi forces on road to Sirte

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.

Mar 28, 2011

Supply lines stretched as Libyan rebels race west

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.

Mar 28, 2011

Advancing Libya rebels head for Gaddafi birthplace

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.

Mar 28, 2011

Aided by air strikes, Libya’s rebels push west

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.

Mar 27, 2011

Rebels push west as air strikes hit Gaddafi forces

BIN JAWAD, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels pushed further west on Sunday to retake more territory abandoned by Muammar Gaddafi’s retreating forces, which have been weakened by Western air strikes.

Emboldened by the capture of the strategic town of Ajdabiyah with the help of foreign warplanes on Saturday, the rebels have regained the initiative and are back in control of all the main oil terminals in the eastern half of the North African country.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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