Misrata forces counter Gaddafi loyalist infiltration

September 2, 2011 21:02


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MISRATA, Libya - NTC forces in Libya's third biggest city of Misrata said on Friday they were reinforcing security to intercept supporters of Muammar Gaddafi trying to infiltrate the area from their haven in nearby Sirte.

Leaders of the National Transitional Council (NTC) have said they would wait another week before attacking remaining Gaddafi strongholds such as his hometown Sirte and Bani Walid, both named as possible hiding places of the fugitive former Libyan leader.

Rebels on the ground said they were ready to advance should talks with tribal leaders in those cities collapse.

"There will be fighting here. We have pushed them out of this area. We are still trying to push them further out. ... There are Gaddafi scouts everywhere," said Ibrahim Obaid, a rebel fighter.

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