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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.

Aug 12, 2011

Gaddafi forces still hold Brega oil terminal, refinery

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are still in control of the oil terminal and refinery of the strategic eastern port of Brega despite rebel advances, a spokesman for rebel forces said on Friday.

The two sides have been battling for months over Brega, 750 km east of Tripoli. The rebels see securing the oil facilities as a tipping point in the war and hope to resume oil exports from there as quickly as possible.

Aug 10, 2011

Libyan rebels say key oil town within their grasp

NEAR BREGA, Libya, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Libya’s rebels said on Wednesday they were on the verge of capturing the coastal oil town of Brega, in what could be a decisive step toward unlocking the country’s oil wealth and forcing out Muammar Gaddafi.

“This is the most important place for the oil,” rebel field commander Faraj Moftahi told Reuters behind the frontline, which runs through sand dunes topped with scrub to the east of Brega.

Aug 9, 2011

Analysis: Libya rebels clean house after slaying of commander

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s rebel leader has sacked his cabinet to try to rebuild confidence in the opposition that was damaged by the murky killing of the rebels’ own military commander.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, leader of the rebels’ National Transitional Council (NTC), dismissed his 14-member executive committee on Monday after they were held responsible for blunders linked to the assassination of Abdel Fattah Younes.

Aug 8, 2011

Libya rebels dissolve cabinet after commander’s death

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels on Monday
dissolved their executive committee, or cabinet, after
procedural errors in the handling of the unexplained shooting
dead 12 days ago of their military chief.

The 14-member executive committee, including officials
responsible for defence and interior affairs, was sacked and a
new one will be nominated by Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril,
National Transitional Council (NTC) media director Shamsiddin
Abdulmolah said.

Aug 6, 2011

Libya rebels say they are advancing on Brega

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels Saturday said they had launched a push to capture the coastal oil town of Brega, but were advancing slowly because Muammar Gaddafi’s forces had sown landmines on the approaches to the town.

“There’s a big movement on all fronts around Brega, we are attacking from three sides,” said rebel spokesman Mohammad Zawawi.

Aug 5, 2011

Rebels say NATO strike kills Gaddafi’s son Khamis

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 5 (Reuters) – - Libya’s rebels said on
Friday a NATO air attack had killed Muammar Gaddafi’s powerful
son Khamis, who serves as commander of one of the Libyan
leader’s most loyal and best-equipped military units.

A rebel spokesman said the air strike had killed 32 people
in Zlitan, a frontline town where Khamis Gaddafi’s 32nd Brigade
is believed to have been leading the stand to defend the
outskirts of Tripoli, 160 km (100 miles) away.