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Aug 19, 2011

Evacuation of foreigners planned from Tripoli

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – An international body said on Friday it would mount an operation, probably by sea, to evacuate thousands of foreigners trapped in Tripoli by rebel advances that have put Muammar Gaddafi’s capital under siege.

The rebels, who have transformed the battlefield this week with victories taking them ever closer to the city, launched an assault east of the capital but were taking heavy casualties, a Reuters reporter at the front line said.

Aug 19, 2011

U.N. to evacuate foreigners from besieged Tripoli

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Friday it would mount an operation, probably by sea, to evacuate thousands of foreigners trapped in Tripoli by rebel advances that have put Muammar Gaddafi’s capital under siege.

The rebels, who have transformed the battlefield this week with victories taking them ever closer to the city, launched an assault east of the capital but were taking heavy casualties, a Reuters reporter at the front line said.

Aug 19, 2011

Libyan rebels may resume oil output in 3 weeks

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels could resume oil output at two large fields in the east of the country within 3 weeks in a bid to ease fuel shortages and potentially restore some supply to global markets, absent since war broke at the start of the year.

“Our fields are under maintenance and we’re still waiting for security,” Abdeljalil Mayouf, information manager at Libya’s Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO), which is operating the Sarir and Mesla fields, told Reuters.

Aug 18, 2011

Libya’s rebels face questions as transition looms

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Opponents of Muammar Gaddafi have managed to cobble together an alliance and, with plenty of NATO help, fight the Libyan leader’s forces to what increasingly looks like the verge of defeat.

Now the hard part might be about to begin: The rebels’ National Transitional Council (NTC) might soon have to step up and run the country, if Gaddafi is swept aside.

Aug 17, 2011

Rebels scorn talks with isolated Gaddafi

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Rebels fighting to topple Muammar Gaddafi scorned reports of secret talks with the Libyan leader on Tuesday as their forces fought to secure gains and the United States said Gaddafi’s days were numbered.

After 41 years of supreme power in his oil-rich desert state 69-year-old Gaddafi was isolated in the capital Tripoli, with reinvigorated rebel forces closing in from the West and South.

Aug 16, 2011

Gaddafi forces fire Scud missile: U.S. official

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi fired a Scud missile for the first time in the country’s civil war, a U.S. defense official said, after rebel advances left the Libyan leader isolated in his capital.

Rebels fighting to end Gaddafi’s 41-year rule seized two strategic towns near Tripoli over the past 24 hours, cutting the city off from its supply lines and leaving the Libyan leader with a dwindling set of options if he is to stay in power.

Aug 16, 2011

Rebels say Tripoli encircled; U.S. says Scud fired

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi fired a Scud missile for the first time in the country’s civil war, a U.S. defense official said, after rebel advances left the Libyan leader isolated in his capital.

Rebels fighting to end Gaddafi’s 41-year rule seized two strategic towns near Tripoli over the past 24 hours, cutting the city off from its supply lines and leaving the Libyan leader with a dwindling set of options if he is to stay in power.

Aug 15, 2011

Advancing Libya rebels fear oil terminal’s sabotage

BREGA, Libya (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi will destroy the oil terminal in Brega to prevent one of the country’s most important economic lifelines falling into the hands of advancing rebels, the fighters said on Monday.

The oil port of Brega has been the main front line in the east of the country for months. Rebels have seized the port’s eastern residential areas since last week, but Gaddafi’s forces still control its oil terminal, refinery and port.

Aug 13, 2011

Brega battle takes toll on both sides in Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 13 (Reuters) – At least 21 rebels and
government soldiers were killed in fighting for the Libyan oil
terminal of Brega over the past two days, hospital workers said
on Saturday.

A volunteer worker at the hospital in nearby Ajdabiyah,
where fighters wounded in Brega are taken, said 15 rebel
fighters had been killed and about 50 wounded. He said the
bodies of six government soldiers were brought in on Friday.

Aug 13, 2011

Libya rebels take casualties in fight for Brega

AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Rebels on the eastern front of Libya’s civil war lost 11 men in the past 24 hours fighting to capture the strategic oil terminal and refinery at Brega on the Mediterranean coast, hospital sources said.

Sources at a hospital in Ajdabiyah to the northeast said about 50 were wounded Thursday and Friday and one civilian in the almost deserted town was killed when a rocket fired by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces hit a house.