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Tuesday
Mar152011

As the West Dithers over Libya, Rebels Lose Ground

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(AJDABIYA, Libya) -- Rebels in Libya have vowed to repel fighters loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi who've made significant gains over the past week in attempts to retain full control of the country.

The latest target of pro-government forces is the city of Ajdabiya, which guards the road to Benghazi, the rebel capital where an interim government is directing opposition efforts.

If Ajdabiya falls back into Gadhafi's hands, his enemies might find it difficult to achieve their goal of overthrowing the Libyan strongman, who has the weaponry and warplanes to vanquish his foes.

While the fighting in Libya continues, the debate continues among Western allies over what to do about the situation.

Rebel leaders are pleading with the international community to launch strikes against Gadhafi's military installations but so far, there's been little interest in taking a more aggressive stance against the Libyan leader despite his savage attacks on his own people.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Paris to discuss the possibility of a no-fly zone over Libya with Washington's Group of Eight counterparts: Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia.

The United Nations Security Council also began discussions Monday about the same matter but Russia doesn't seem to have the stomach for imposing a no-fly zone.  The U.S., Germany and Italy are also reluctant to intervene directly.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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