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NATO Wipes Out 25 Gadhafi Tanks, Rebels Take Ajdabiya

Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images(AJDABIYA, Libya) -- NATO forces continued to mount attacks against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces Sunday, with airstrikes reportedly destroying over two dozen Gadhafi regime tanks, and helping rebel forces take control of the city of Ajdabiya.

NATO says its forces wiped out a total of 25 tanks on Sunday, with 11 of those tanks being destroyed as they approached Ajdabiya, and 14 tanks destroyed on the outskirts of Misratah. Particular attention was reportedly devoted to those areas as officials felt those cities were the most threatened.

“We are hitting the Regime logistics facilities as well as their heavy weapons because we know Gaddafi is finding it hard to sustain his attacks on civilians,” said Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, Commander of NATO’s Operation Unified Protector.

The fighting between Libyan rebels and Gadhafi forces has been described as a see-saw type of battle, and on Sunday, NATO’s attacks tipped the battle in favor of rebels by weakening Gadhafi forces and enabling rebels to push the regime back and seize control of Ajdabiya.

On Sunday, an ABC News crew came across an injured member of Gadhafi’s troops at a hospital. The wounded soldier was reportedly involved in combat and found himself surrounded by rebels after being left behind by his fellow soldiers. The soldier reportedly shot himself in the neck, severing his own spinal cord.

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Gadhafi's Forces Score New Success in Libya

MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- The seesaw battle for control of Libya took another turn Tuesday as forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi managed to overwhelm rebels who had gained ground in the oil-rich city of Brega.

Rebel fighters were unable to hold their gains from the day before after coming under a heavy barrage of rockets and artillery from the government's better-equipped forces.  As a result, the rebels were forced to head back to the city of Ajdabiya, a further indication that the ongoing conflict has essentially turned into a stalemate.

The only way anti-Gadhafi fighters have made any headway is with support from NATO air strikes, which the coalition says are used primarily to protect civilians.  A no-fly zone over Libya has grounded Gadhafi's air force.

NATO also claims that it has destroyed about a third of Gadhafi's heavy artillery although his loyalists have been able to move tanks and other heavy equipment into populated areas of the rebel-held city of Misrata, which prevents the alliance from targeting these sites.

In other developments, the rebels say they are prepared to export oil from Libya for the first time since taking arms to overthrow Gadhafi's regime.  The European Union said it would lift its embargo on Libyan oil exports in that case as long as profits aren't pocketed by Gahdafi or his government.

It's believed the rebels control about a dozen Libyan oil fields.´╗┐

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Libya Rebels Take Control of Ajdabiya

ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(AJDABIYA, Libya) -- Rebels in Libya reportedly took control of the city of Ajdabiya on Saturday.

Bombed out tanks, rebels firing celebratory shots into the air and horns honking were some of the sights and sounds on the streets of Ajdabiya Saturday after rebels wrestled control of the town from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.

The takeover comes as coalition forces continue to launch air raids across Libya, providing aid to rebels in their battle with Gadhafi’s forces.

Speaking at a press conference Saturday, Libya’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim accused coalition forces of trying to ignite a civil war in the country. Kaim said coalition forces were trying to drive the country’s armed forces out of Libyan cities, and that the coalition was acting outside of the United Nations mandate.

Earlier in the month, the UN authorized the imposition of the no-fly zone in Libya, which extends west from Benghazi.

Meanwhile, some journalists have claimed they are being assaulted by Libyan government minders. Journalists claim they have been kicked and have had their cameras destroyed by miners as they tried to carry out their duties.

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