Tribal friction cripples advance on Gaddafi bastion

By REUTERS
September 12, 2011 02:43



NORTH OF BANI WALID, Libya - Secret informants and tribal frictions have stalled efforts by Libyan interim government troops to establish control over one of Muammar Gaddafi's last remaining bastions of resistance.




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




The interim government has sent additional brigades to Bani Walid -- home to Libya's biggest tribe, the Warfalla - to help take the stubborn city. But some fighters on the ground said the move 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 they like. They want to be seen as the city's liberators."



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