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Libyan rebels fight on while urging more NATO support

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Libyan rebels fight on while urging more NATO support


Libyan rebels have continued to resist pro-Gaddafi troops but have been forced to cede part of the town of Ajdabiya.

In a strategic withdrawal, they have repositioned themselves 40 kilometres west of the town after clashes left at least three dead.

While NATO attacks helped them break last week’s onslaught, rebels are calling on the alliance to do more now.

The insurgents know they cannot give up on Ajdabiya, with it being the gateway to their Benghazi stronghold.

NATO jets based in Italy have been flying an increasing number of sorties but with the US having pulled back from the mission, British and French commanders are also calling on their NATO allies to do more to enforce the no-fly zone.

Meanwhile, members of the rebel-backed National Transitional Council will join several countries in Qatar for the first meeting of the international Contact group on Libya. Top of the agenda is to forge a blueprint for regime change in Libya.

Government defector Moussa Koussa will also be there in what is thought might be a possible mediating capacity.

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