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Sep192011

Libyan Rebels Facing Resistance in Sirte, Bani Walid

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Three weeks after gaining control of Tripoli, Libyan rebels still cannot find Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

The former ruler went on the lam to avoid capture and reports of his imminent arrest have turned out to be dead-ends.

Adding to the frustration of the Transitional National Council, Gadhafi loyalists are not making it easy for Libya's new regime to defeat the resistance in two cities.

In Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, the rebels were driven back over the weekend by heavy rocket and artillery fire, suggesting a siege that could last for weeks, if not months.

The anti-Gadhafi forces are also encountering the same kind of hostility in the desert town of Bani Walid.  As a result, Turkey began humanitarian supply drops to assist civilians whose access to food and medical supplies is running low due to the fighting.

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