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Mar 26, 2011 6:57 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Rebels retake Ajdabiya after international airstrikes

AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) - Re-energized Libyan rebels have reclaimed one key city and are setting their sites on another, after a week of international airstrikes forced Moammar Gadhafi's forces to retreat.

The opposition says after taking back control of Ajdabiya (ahj-DAH'-bee-yah), rebel fighters have pushed to the outskirts of the oil port of Brega and they hope to recapture it tomorrow.

Moammar Gadhafi's troops were forced to retreat after being pounded by airstrikes. Libya's deputy foreign minister accused international forces of choosing sides and "trying to push the country to the brink of a civil war."

Gadhafi's troops had retaken Ajdabiya from the rebels on March 15. That assault combined with the military's drive toward the rebel capital of Benghazi spurred the United Nations to authorize international intervention.

 

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