Libya forces relaunch Sirte assault

Libyan interim government troops relaunch offensive after being pushed back by pro-Gaddafi fighters holed up in the deposed leader's hometown.

October 20, 2011 04:50


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Libyan interim government fighters relaunched their offensive in Sirte on Wednesday as artillery, rockets and tank fire rain down on pro-Gaddafi fighters' positions.

National Transitional Council (NTC) troops - made up mostly of amateur fighters - deployed an arsenal of homemade weapons - including a bulldozer fitted with armor.

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Designed to smash through roadblocks and barricades, the NTC forces hoped it could help to capture former leader Muammar Gaddafi's hometown.

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