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Jul 6, 2011

Western mountain rebels launch offensive southwest of Tripoli

AL-QALAA, Libya (Reuters) – Hundreds of Libyan rebels launched a massed offensive in the mountains southwest of Tripoli Wednesday to seize a village held by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and push the front line closer to the capital.

Rebels arrived at the front at first light in scores of Toyota pick-up trucks, many with large-caliber anti-aircraft guns or home-made rocket launchers welded onto the truck beds. Several tanks also came on the backs of lorries.

Jun 11, 2011

Fighting in Zawiyah shuts Libya road to Tripoli

ZAWIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Fighting between Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and rebels broke out in the town of Zawiyah on Saturday, a resident said, shutting the coastal highway that links the capital Tripoli with Tunisia.

A Reuters reporter traveling via the town, which lies just 50 km (30 miles) outside of Tripoli, was diverted via backstreets with a police escort. He said the highway was deserted except for lots of soldiers, police and armed men in civilian clothes.

Jun 10, 2011

Libyan rebels get aid, blast heard in capital

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO warplanes pummeled a town west of Libya’s capital, state media said soon after Western and Arab powers promised more than $1 billion to help rebels fighting to end Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule.

A Reuters journalist also reported a loud explosion in Tripoli on Friday just after midnight, a common time for NATO strikes on the capital.

Jun 9, 2011

Libya rebels eye oil restart, win aid pledges

ABU DHABI/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s rebels said they hoped to restart oil production and gained pledges of over $500 million aid on Thursday, as Western powers nudged them to plan for the day after Muammar Gaddafi’s fall from power.

NATO pounded Tripoli from the air, and Western and Arab nations met the rebels in Abu Dhabi to focus on what one U.S. official called the “end-game” for the Libyan leader.

Jun 8, 2011

Anticipation in Tripoli as net tightens on Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – “We are all happy when NATO bombs like that,” the taxi driver said on Wednesday, the morning after the heaviest Western air strikes on the Libyan capital.

“Everyone here has rebel flags at home, just waiting for the day when the rebels finally reach the outskirts of the city, when we will pour out into the streets.”

Jun 8, 2011

NATO strikes on Tripoli pause, mission strained

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO bombing of Tripoli paused on Wednesday morning after some of the heaviest bombardments of the Libyan capital since air strikes began in March, but rebels said Muammar Gaddafi’s army continued to shell their positions.

A Reuters reporter in Tripoli said no further explosions were heard after about 2 a.m. (0000 GMT). Loud blasts had been shaking Tripoli throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, with warplanes hitting the city several times an hour.

Jun 8, 2011

Gaddafi defiant as NATO intensifies Tripoli strikes

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Loud explosions rocked Tripoli early on Wednesday as NATO kept up its heaviest bombing of the Libyan capital since air strikes began in March, but Muammar Gaddafi vowed to fight to the end.

Attacks continued through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning with warplanes hitting the city several times an hour. The Libyan leader’s government said bombs had killed 31 people.

Jun 7, 2011

Gaddafi vows to fight on, NATO jets pound Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Waves of NATO aircraft hit Tripoli on Tuesday in the most sustained bombardment of the Libyan capital since Western forces began air strikes in March.

By Tuesday afternoon, war planes were striking different parts of the city several times an hour, hour after hour, rattling windows and sending clouds of grey smoke into the sky, a Reuters correspondent in the centre of the city said.

Jun 7, 2011

Explosions in Tripoli, rebels seize Libyan town

YAFRAN/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Loud explosions shook Tripoli on Monday night in what appeared to be stepped up NATO air strikes on the Libyan capital, and rebel forces seized a town in the west, driving out Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

Explosions were heard in Tripoli just before midnight, the latest in several rounds of bombings in the last two days.

Jun 6, 2011

Libyan rebels seize mountain town

YAFRAN/TRIPOLI, June 6 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels entered the
mountain town of Yafran on Monday, driving out Muammar Gaddafi’s
forces in a sign NATO air strikes in the area may be paying off.

Yafran had been besieged by pro-Gaddafi forces for more than
a month with food, drinking water and medicines running short.