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."