09 Jul '11, 10am

Libya rebels push campaign to cut off defiant Gaddafi [StraitsTimes World]

Libya rebels push campaign to cut off defiant Gaddafi [StraitsTimes World]

A rebel tank moves onto a ridge overlooking Gualish, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Tripoli, during heaving fighting on July 6, 2011, the first day of the NATO-backed push on the Libyan capital. -- PHOTO: AFP GUALISH (Libya) - LIBYAN rebels said they were preparing on Saturday to push forward in their drive on Tripoli from the south and west in a bid to isolate Muammar Gaddafi in the ever-closer capital. But the embattled leader remained defiant, telling supporters on Friday that 'the regime in Libya will not fall.' After heavy fighting, rebel fighters captured the desert hamlet of Gualish on Wednesday, taking them closer to the strategic garrison town Gharyan and the last major objective standing between them and Tripoli to the north. For now, they have set their sights on Asablah, 17km(11 miles) north of Gualish on the road to Gharyan. 'Three times we tried to tak...

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