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NATO fears prolonged campaign over Libya

NATO fears prolonged campaign over Libya
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The NATO air campaign over Libya continues and bombing has been reported from areas around Zlitan, Brega and in the Western mountain region south of the capital Tripoli. Meanwhile NATO chiefs are gathered in Belgrade, Serbia to discuss the progress of their military campaign.

NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander General Stephane Abrial said: “The Libyan crisis came as a surprise to, I guess, everybody here. We are facing it and we are conducting this operation with all the means we have and the best we can. If the operation were to last long, of course, the resource issue would become critical.”

According to a Reuter’s photographer in Libya, rebel forces have succeeded in pushing Gaddafi loyalists out of the city of Kikla, which is around 150 kilometres south west of Tripoli. The rebels are said to be fortifying defence lines in preparation for a possible counter-attack.

Elsewhere fighting continues with heavy losses reported on the outskirts of Brega. Overall however, the rebels appear to be advancing inch by inch towards Tripoli.

Meanwhile footage has emerged of Gaddafi playing chess in Tripoli over the weekend. Despite increasingly urgent calls from leaders around the world, he remains adamant that he will not step down.