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French and British leaders to visit Libya


French President Nicolas Sarkozy is due in Libya on Thursday along with British Prime Minister David Cameron. It is the first visit by foreign leaders since Libyan rebels deposed Colonel Gaddafi.

The visit has been confirmed by sources close to the National Transitional Council but no other details were revealed.

France and Britain have been the driving forces behind NATO’s intervention in Libya.

Although rebel forces now control nearly all the country there are still pockets of stiff resistance in a handful of towns seen as the last bastions of support for the deposed leader. Bani Walid has seen some of the heaviest fighting in recent days. NATO has been reluctant to provide air support after rebels reported that forces loyal to Gaddafi were using civilian housing as bases to launch rockets.

Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte is also holding out. The NTC claims his loyalists forces have surrounded it with tanks in an attempt to stop civilians from leaving.

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