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Aug 16, 2011

Rebels say Tripoli encircled; Gaddafi defiant

ZAWIYAH, Libya, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels said on Monday they had seized a second strategic town near Tripoli within 24 hours, completing the encirclement of the capital in the boldest advances of their six-month-old uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.

In a barely audible telephone call to state television overnight, a defiant and apparently isolated Gaddafi called on his followers to fight rebels he referred to as “rats.”

Aug 15, 2011

Analysis – Libya rebels show new discipline in push to Tripoli

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – At a checkpoint on the road leading south out of Zawiyah, a rebel fighter on Sunday sat at a table with a sheet of paper listing suspected agents working for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Anyone passing whose documents matched a name on the list was likely to end up in a makeshift prison attached to a nearby clinic where about 15 government soldiers were already held.

Aug 15, 2011

Libya’s Zawiyah on edge after rebel capture

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – For 12 hours, Libyan rebel Ahmed Oraybee had been moving from one building to the next in the town of Zawiyah, trying to hunt down the pro-government snipers stalking its neighborhoods.

Suddenly he became a victim himself when a bullet struck him in the leg.

“These snipers are really good. The sniper shot me in the leg as I was climbing a staircase so that a comrade or two would come and help me, and then he would try to kill all of us,” he told Reuters, speaking from a bed at Bir Muammar Hospital.

Aug 15, 2011

Gaddafi defiant, rebels poised to strangle capital

ZAWIYAH, Libya, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi urged
Libyans on Monday to free the country from NATO and “traitors”,
as rebels in the west began to strangle a major lifeline to his
capital.

His broadcast appeal was made over a bad telephone line from
an undisclosed location. In the following hours, a senior figure
in the Gaddafi government showed up in Cairo with members of his
family, amid reports that he had defected.

Aug 15, 2011

Libyan rebels fly flag over key town near Tripoli

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels raised their flag over a strategic town near Tripoli on Sunday after their most dramatic advance in months cut off Muammar Gaddafi’s capital from its main link to the outside world.

The swift rebel advance on the town of Zawiyah, about 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, will deal a psychological blow to Gaddafi’s supporters and severs the coastal highway to Tunisia that keeps the capital supplied with food and fuel.

Aug 14, 2011

Advancing Libyan rebels turn sights on Tripoli

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – For Issam Legun, the fact that he and his fellow rebels were standing inside this town near Tripoli Sunday felt like a turning point in the six month conflict with Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

“I hope we can go and attack Tripoli in a few days,” said Legun, a taxi driver turned anti-Gaddafi fighter who was wearing a T-shirt with the word “Raw” written across it. “Now that we have Zawiyah, we can free Libya,” he said.

Aug 14, 2011

Libya rebels enter strategic town near Tripoli

ZAWIYAH, Libya, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels hoisted
their flag in the centre of this town near the capital on Sunday
after the most dramatic advance in months cut off Muammar
Gaddafi’s capital from its main link to the outside world.

The swift rebel advance on the town of Zawiyah, about 50 km
(30 miles) west of Tripoli, will deal a psychological blow to
Gaddafi’s supporters and also cuts the coastal highway to
Tunisia which keeps the capital supplied with food and fuel.

Aug 14, 2011

Libya rebels control Zawiyah centre: Reuters reporter

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Rebel fighters are in control of the center of the town of Zawiyah, about 50 km (30 miles) west of the Libyan capital, a Reuters reporter in Zawiyah said on Sunday.

The reporter said he could see about 50 rebels near Zawiyah’s main produce market shouting “Allahu Akbar!,” or “God is greatest!” The red, black and green rebel flag was flying from a shop.

Aug 13, 2011

Libyan rebels advance on Zawiyah

NORTH OF BIR SHUAIB, Libya (Reuters) – Rebels in western Libya advanced north to within 25 km (15 miles) of the coastal city of Zawiyah on Saturday after a six-hour battle with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

Rebel fighters pushed government troops back about 7 km from their previous positions, fixing a front line about 5 km north of the village of Bir Shuaib, near a diaper factory. They set up a checkpoint on the road and about 150 fighters gathered, some firing weapons in the air to celebrate their advance.

Aug 13, 2011

Libyan rebels advance on Zawiyah, battle in Brega

NORTH OF BIR SHUAIB, Libya, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Rebels in
western Libya advanced north to within 25 km (15 miles) of the
coastal city of Zawiyah on Saturday after a six-hour battle with
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

Rebel fighters pushed government troops back about 7 km from
their previous positions, fixing a front line about 5 km north
of the village of Bir Shuaib, near a diaper factory. They set up
a checkpoint on the road and about 150 fighters gathered, some
firing weapons in the air to celebrate their advance.