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The battle for Gaddafi’s hometown

By Tom Streithorst  

Will Nato forces be much help to Libyan rebels currently hoping to take Gadaffi's hometown of Sirte?

Two weeks ago, pounded by tanks and artillery, the rebels lost town after town along the coastal highway that runs all the way from Tripoli to Benghazi. More recently the loyalist army also had to flee, in the other direction, down that same road. In both cases the retreating armies found themselves utterly outgunned, the rebels by Gaddafi’s armour, the loyalists by coalition bombs.  On that flat terrain, on…

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