02 Apr '11, 3am

Fighting flares in Libya as Gaddafi rejects truce

Fighting flares in Libya as Gaddafi rejects truce

TRIPOLI: Fighting flared around the rebel-held city of Misrata and air strikes were reported elsewhere in Libya late Friday, after Libyan strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi's regime rejected a rebel offer of a ceasefire. The US military was poised to withdraw its combat jets and Tomahawk cruise missiles from the air campaign against Libya's regime starting this weekend, as NATO allies take the lead in bombing Kadhafi's forces. The move follows pledges by US President Barack Obama to quickly shift command of the operation to NATO, with the US military playing a supporting role -- providing planes for mid-air refuelling, jamming and surveillance. Coalition forces, meanwhile, strafed positions held by loyalist forces in the Al Khums and Al Rojban regions east and southwest of the capital Tripoli late Friday, according to Libyan state television. An Al Khums resident told AFP he hea...

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