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Jul 13, 2011

Gaddafi troops in counter-attack south of Tripoli

AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday tried to re-take a village south of the capital seized by rebels a week ago, delivering a set-back to rebel plans for a march on Tripoli.

The fighting in the village of Al-Qawalish, about 100 km (60 miles) from the capital, underlined the faltering pattern of the rebel advances that has led some of the rebels’ Western backers to push for a political solution to the conflict instead.

Jul 12, 2011

Libya rebel minister opens Western Mountains air link

RHEBAT, Libya, July 12 (Reuters) – A senior minister in the
Libyan rebel Transitional National Council opened an airfield on
Tuesday linking the rebel capital Benghazi with a remote Western
Mountain stronghold south of Tripoli, and promised a military
breakthrough within days.

Ali Tarhouni, oil and finance minister in the council
opposing Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, arrived and departed by
air at the Rhebat air strip, a stretch of mountain highway,
where a giant yellow arrow painted on the tarmac marks out the
runway, next to a blue and white shack flying the rebel flag.

Jul 11, 2011

Berber culture reborn in Libya revolt

JADU, Libya (Reuters) – In a packed classroom on a cool evening near the front line in Libya’s civil war, 15-year-old Mira is teaching children to spell out the names of animals in the ancient Berber script, an act that once could have landed her in one of Muammar Gaddafi’s jails.

The indigenous people of north Africa, known to others as Berbers and among themselves as Amazigh, were brutally suppressed under Gaddafi, who considered the teaching of their language and culture to be a form of imperialism in his Arab country.

Jul 10, 2011

Gaddafi forces shell rebels south of Libyan capital

AL-QAWALISH, Libya, July 10 (Reuters) – Forces loyal to
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi let loose a heavy artillery
bombardment on Sunday to try to push back rebel fighters who had
taken a village about 100 km (60 miles) south of Tripoli.

Al-Qawalish is a strategic battleground in the rebels’ march
on the capital because if the they manage to advance beyond it
they will reach the main highway leading north into Tripoli,
where Gaddafi has his main stronghold.

Jul 10, 2011

Doctors return from West to help Libyan rebels at front

BIR AYAD, Libya (Reuters) – The Bir Ayad field hospital is in a single room with no electricity in a former roadside cafe near the front line in Libya’s Western mountains.

It’s a far cry from the Canadian medical center where Abu Abdullah usually works as the head of the department of cardiology.

Jul 9, 2011

Rebels brace for attacks as Gaddafi threatens Europe

DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Rebel fighters braced for further attacks on Saturday from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi after the Libyan leader staged a show of support at home and threatened to strike his enemies abroad.

Rebels in Misrata said the death toll in the western town, a longtime insurgent stronghold, had risen to seven from six, with at least 17 wounded, after a heavy attack by Gaddafi artillery the day before.

Jul 9, 2011

Gaddafi threatens Europe as rebels renew push

DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi threatened to take the war in Libya to Europe on Friday while rebels came under heavy fire as they renewed their push against his forces.

Tens of thousands of Gaddafi supporters rallied in Tripoli’s Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step down after four decades in power and five months of fighting.

Jul 8, 2011

Libyan rebels set for renewed push to Tripoli

DAFNIYA/AL-QAWALISH (Reuters) – Libyan rebels renewed their push against leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces on Friday, coming under heavy fire just days after making hefty advances toward Tripoli on two fronts.

Tens of thousands of supporters of the defiant Gaddafi rallied in Tripoli’s Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step down after four decades in power and five months of fighting.

Jul 7, 2011

Gaddafi forces shell ghost town after rebel advance

AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – The frontline Libyan village of Al-Qawalish was a ghost town Thursday, a day after it was seized by rebels, who said life may return to normal in the area after the exit of Muammar Gaddafi’s troops.

The rebels seized the village in an eight-hour battle on Wednesday, pushing Gaddafi’s forces east at least 10 km (6 miles) beyond an area of open ground. The advance puts the rebels on the road towards Garyan, a larger southern town controlling a major highway into the capital Tripoli.

Jul 7, 2011

Libyan rebels push towards Tripoli on two fronts

AL-QAWALISH, Libya (Reuters) – Rebel fighters seized a village south of the Libyan capital and another group advanced toward Tripoli from the east on Wednesday in the biggest push in weeks toward Muammar Gaddafi’s main stronghold.

Rebels firing their rifles into the air in celebration poured into the village of Al-Qawalish, 100 km (60 miles) southwest of Tripoli, after a six-hour battle with pro-Gaddafi forces who had been holding the town.