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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Libya Civil War Update: Gadhafi Forces Bomb Rebel-Held Oil Town of Brega

Libyan warplanes Thursday struck the rebel-held oil port in the eastern town of Brega, as mutinous army units with machine guns and rocket launchers deployed around the town's strategic oil installations, securing the site after the opposition repelled an attempt by government loyalists to retake the port Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

The rebels have called for foreign airstrikes as they try to maintain the offensive by forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, but senior U.S. defense officials are lowering expectations of an international military intervention in the country.

Rebel forces had regained control of Brega after a fierce battle Wednesday, as rebels in neighboring towns launched their first united counteroffensive following a dawn attack by pro-Gadhafi forces. Witnesses couldn't identify the target of the Thursday airstrike, but it was likely an airstrip that belongs to the huge oil complex, the Associated Press reported. (read more)