Tribal friction cripples advance on Gaddafi bastion

NORTH OF BANI WALID, Libya - Secretinformants and tribal frictions have stalled efforts by Libyaninterim government troops to establish control over one ofMuammar Gaddafi's last remaining bastions of resistance.

At Bani Walid, a besieged city still loyal to the deposedleader, anti-Gaddafi fighters said traitors among their rankswere passing information to Gaddafi loyalists inside the city,making progress difficult on one of the last frontlines ofLibya's 7-month-long war.

The interim government has sent additional brigades to BaniWalid -- home to Libya's biggest tribe, the Warfalla - to helptake the stubborn city. But some fighters on the ground said themove had only added tension to existing tribal sensitivities.

"Locals don't listen to NTC (interim government)commanders," said one fighter, Esam Herebish. "They do what theylike. They want to be seen as the city's liberators."

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