Gaddafi forces push Libya rebels back to Bin Jawad

BIN JAWAD, Libya, March 29 Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:49am EDT

BIN JAWAD, Libya, March 29 (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's forces attacked rebel fighters with a hail of machinegun and rocket fire on Tuesday, prompting a panicked, chaotic retreat to the town of Bin Jawad, a Reuters witness said.

As the onslaught began, rebels jumped behind sand dunes to fire back but they gave up after a few minutes, jumped into their pick-up trucks and sped off down the road to Bin Jawad, about 150 km (100 miles) east of Gaddafi's home town of Sirte.

Shells landed near the road as they retreated. (Reporting by Angus MacSwan; Writing by Tom Pfeiffer; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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minuteman wrote:
Obama’s speech doesn’t match what we have failed to do in countries that have had mass murder and tourture of citizens. Iran; Korea; Ivory Coast. So, Obama is using Lybia as his moment “right now” to impose a war, at taxpayer expense, to support a element we do not know is our enemy or friend and to keep a dictator in power. When you drop bombs in support of something, you are opposed to something. These rebels may be the very people who believe it is ok to strap bomb vests on and kill in the name of allah.

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