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We're not retreating for long, say anti-Gaddafi fighters

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We're not retreating for long, say anti-Gaddafi fighters


They have been forced to retreat, but they say it won’t be for long.

Anti-Gaddafi forces in Libya have met tough resistance from gunmen loyal to the ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi in two of his last strongholds.

The biggest concern for the National Transitional Council is limiting civilian casualties in their assault on the cities of Sirte and Bani Walid.

The NTC has been attempting to persuade the Gaddafi loyalists that their continued resistance is futile. They say two small bastions will not be able to hold out forever, with the rest of the country and the capital now in the hands of new democratic rulers.

Experts say the fighters loyal to the former dictator will only have so much ammunition and they will eventually be forced to surrender anyway, choked of further supplies.

The new leadership says the drawing up of a new democratic process for Libya will not start until all parts of the country are in their hands.

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