EAST OF SIRTE, Libya - Libyan troops are
unable to defeat forces loyal to deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi
in the city of Sirte because the country's new rulers are
failing to supply them with enough ammunition, fighters near the
front line said on Tuesday.
In the latest reverse in weeks of chaotic fighting over
Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace and one of the last remaining
bastions of his support, five anti-Gaddafi fighters were killed
on Tuesday after they came under artillery fire.
More than a month after Gaddafi was swept from power, the
interim government has still not stamped out the last pockets of
resistance, prompting criticism over its lack of cohesion and
raising fresh questions about whether it can run the oil
exporting country effectively.
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