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TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Desperate civilians are fleeing the besieged Libyan coastal city of Sirte where the battle to dislodge fighters loyal to ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi has caused heavy casualties, U.N. and other sources said. Interim government forces on Thursday … Continue reading

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Video: Libyan fighters capture Sirte airport

Fighters supporting Libya’s National Transitional Council say they they are now in control of the airport in Sirte, Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown. Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports.

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Video: Sue Turton on the latest from Sirte

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Rebels claim advances in Sirte battle

Libya’s interim government forces say they have made progress in their attack on Sirte, a stronghold of forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi. However, the advance has been slow and there is fierce resistance from loyalist forces. There are also … Continue reading

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Video: Libya’s revolutionary fighters prepare for a push towards Sirte

Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Nawfaliya on the Eastern Libyan front line.

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Gaddafi stronghold under threat from air and land

TRIPOLI, Aug 28 (Reuters) – NATO warplanes bombed Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte on Sunday as forces opposed to the fallen strongman closed in on his last major bastion of support. The fugitive Gaddafi’s exact whereabouts where still not known … Continue reading

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Audio: “the idea that Gaddafi’s forces would collapse in face of rebel advance is a delusion”

The Guardian’s Ian Black, in Libya, says his feeling is that the population of Sirte are “really, really behind” Gaddafi, although he says it is “always hard” to tell how people really feel in Libya. Listen! Ian says even if … Continue reading

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Audio: Chris McGreal – If coalition continue air strikes, there might be nothing stopping the revolutionaries

Chris McGreal reports from the frontline, 80km east of Sirte. “The bulk of the rebel forces is holding back around here, while the coalition air forces strike at Gaddafi’s armour,” Chris says. Listen! Chris has advanced with the rebels from … Continue reading

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Revolutionary scouts find road to Sirt heavily land mined

General Hamdi Hassi, an opposition commander in the town of Bin Jawad says that while taking Sirte will “not be easy”, NATO airstrikes have evened the scales between the pro- and anti-government forces. He says that fighting was ongoing in … Continue reading

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