After almost a week of failing to make any headway against Ghaddafi tanks in Ajdabiyah, the rebels have broken through and liberated the town. This happened thanks to a massive delivery of airborne democracy on Ghaddafi’s tanks courtesy of coalition jets friday night. But in defense of the rebels, they continued to hold parts of the town for over a week of siege despite artillery bombardments, tank pushes, and a lack of food and water (let alone decent anti-tank weaponry). The rebels continued routing Ghaddafi forces past the town of Brega which was taken without a fight and have taken the oil port of Ras Lanuf. They are now on the outskirts of Bin Jawad, where they were first stopped during their initial push following the revolt.
Meanwhile, the rebels in the western city of Misrata have been under siege and intense attack from almost the beginning of the rebellion. Both the military and humanitarian situation there is critical, with constant rocket barrages and tank shelling making the city look like Stalingrad, and snipers from both sides making the streets impassable. But if the rebels want to retake Misrata, and go on to Tripoli, they must first take the town of Sirte, Ghaddafi’s hometown and stronghold, and a place where the locals may pick up arms against the rebellion. If Sirte falls, Ghaddafi is likely to end up hanging in the town square.
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