Gaddafi forces surge in W. Libya, rebels gain in East

March 5, 2011 07:25

Muammar Gaddafi's forces wrested back part of a town in western Libya from rebels, but his foes said they had seized the oil port of Ras Lanuf, expanding their grip in the east of the country in a two-week-old uprising.

Counter-attacks by Gaddafi loyalists this week suggest the flamboyant autocrat in power for 41 years will not go quietly or relatively quickly as leaders in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia did in a tide of popular unrest rolling across the Middle East.

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