Libyan rebels take control of town near cpital

By REUTERS
August 8, 2011 15:01

 
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BIR AL-GHANAM - Libyan rebels are in control of the town of Bir al-Ghanam, about 80 km (50 miles) south of the capital Tripoli, after a battle at the weekend, a Reuters reporter inside the town said on Monday.

The reporter said he was in the centre of Bir al-Ghanam where there was no sign of any government troops. He said he saw three burned out tanks and an abandoned artillery piece.

A small settlement in the desert, Bir al-Ghanam is also the closest point the rebels have come to Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold in the capital, lending it a strategic role in the rebels' six-month campaign to end Gaddafi's rule.

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