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Oct102011

Rebels Making Gradual Progress in Bid to Capture Gadhafi's Hometown

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(SIRTE, Libya) -- Col. Moammar Gadhafi has no intention of surrendering to Libya's new regime and neither apparently does his hometown.

While the whereabouts of the former Libyan dictator are unknown, many of his fellow townspeople of Sirte are resisting the takeover by opposition forces sent by the Transitional National Council, the country's new ruling body.

Progress has been slow in Sirte although interim government forces say there are capturing parts of the city, landmark by landmark.

The latest to fall Sunday are the university and a conference center, but taking the main city square has been difficult due to snipers holding off advancing rebels.

Capturing Sirte with as little violence as possible seems to be the strategy so there'll be no full-scale offensive to give residents time to leave the most vulnerable areas.

Protracted battles in Sirte and a few other hot spots have prevented the TNC from setting up a full-fledged government.

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