Libya rebels take another town on advance west: TV

BIN JAWAD, Libya Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:57am EDT

Rebel fighters fix their mounted anti-aircraft gun near the oil refinery at Ras Lanuf in Libya, March 27, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Rebel fighters fix their mounted anti-aircraft gun near the oil refinery at Ras Lanuf in Libya, March 27, 2011.

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BIN JAWAD, Libya (Reuters) - Rebels in east Libya have seized the town of Nawfaliyah from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, extending their advance westwards toward the Libyan leader's hometown of Sirte, Al Jazeera reported on Monday.

Nawfaliyah is west of Bin Jawad, the furthest west rebels had reached on Sunday in their swift progress along the coast that has been aided by Western warplanes. Nawfaliyah is about 120 km (75 miles) away from Sirte.

A Reuters correspondent who was about 15 km (10 miles) west of Bin Jawad reported hearing a sustained bombardment on the road ahead. Al Jazeera reported that Gaddafi's forces were now positioned about 30 km (19 miles) outside Sirte.

"This is the frontline. The army has stopped over there, we are stopping here," Mohammed al-Turki, 21, a fighter at a rebel checkpoint beyond Bin Jawad, told Reuters, pointing to the road ahead where the sounds of blasts came from.

(Reporting by Angus MacSwan; Writing by Edmund Blair in Cairo)

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moweddell wrote:
Remember Reagan? When Gaddafi gave Pres. Reagan some problems, he decided that they should be bombed back into the stone age. Unfortunately,he did not finish the job. Whe whole country of Libya wasn’t worth the life of one American. Further, like Iran, the population would have followed some misguided radical cleric for leadership. Therefore, we left them to their own devices. Now we have the computer age, where many of the slightly more educated Libyans have access to the internet, ipod, phones, etc, and are somewhat more informed, and have been motivated into rebellion. However, there is still the tendancy of the rebels to follow another religious dictator or party. Thus, the US may not benefit unless there is a real democracy established. The outcome of this event is anyones guess.
Regardless of who wins, the population may continue in their old lifelong tribalism and live by the code of the feud, with each side blaming the other for their cause, while executing citizens, Christians, women, and religious opponents. Are they ready for freedom? Do they even understand the responsibilities of a democracy, after centuries of kings and dictators? We shall see. Monty Weddell Dallas, TX

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