Encouraged by Libya rebel push, US open embassy

August 16, 2011 03:42

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 said.

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