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Gaddafi forces fend off rebel advance
Published on 22 Mar. 2011 1:21 AM IST
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Libyan government forces have pulled back 100 kms from rebel-held Benghazi but showed they still have plenty of force as they easily beat off a rebel advance.
The development comes as major world leaders condemned the Western-led intervention in the country, with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin calling the UN resolution leading to air strikes as “defective and flawed” and likening it to “medieval calls for crusades”.
The forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi had retreated to the key town of Ajdabiya, south of the city of Benghazi, after air strikes destroyed much of their armour, leaving dozens of wrecked tanks along the road.
But as rebels who massed in their hundreds outside Ajdabiya advanced towards their position, the government troops opened fire with artillery and remaining tanks, sending the insurgent forces fleeing. The rebels began advancing south from their position about five to 10 kilometres from Ajdabiya after hearing the sound of planes overhead.
“These are Sarkozy’s planes,” they shouted, referring to French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who led an effort to convince the international community to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.
Naim Ibrahim Abdul Qader, a philosophy student at Benghazi’s Qar Yunis university, was among the fighters attempting to advance towards Adjabiya. “He’s worn us out, this dog,” he said of Gaddafi.
Gaddafi whereabouts
unknown after attack
The heart of Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli lay in a shambles on Monday as the United States and allies continued their mission to dilute the Libyan leader’s strength. But Gaddafi’s whereabouts - and his plans after promising a “long-drawn war” - remained unknown.
A coalition military official insisted neither Gaddafi nor his residence were intended targets of the bombing late Sunday.

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