WASHINGTON - The United States believes
Libyan rebel advances are choking off Muammar Gaddafi's forces
in the capital Tripoli and significantly increasing pressure on
the Libyan leader, the US State Department said on Monday.
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said an envoy
from the rebel's National Transitional Council had reopened
Libya's embassy in Washington, further formalizing ties between
the United States and the rebel government.
"What we are seeing is an effort by the rebels to choke off
the access routes into Tripoli and to up the pressure on
Gaddafi," Nuland told a news briefing.
"We're encouraged by the progress that they're making, and
they are increasing the pressure on Tripoli significantly," she
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