Inspired by events in neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt, protestors took to streets in Libya in February this year demanding ouster of country’s head of state, Col Muammar Gaddafi. As days passed, rebel groups gained momentum and began organising and coordinating from their Benghazi (the centre of unrest) base. Soon, they occupied several towns in the west. In retaliation, pro-Gaddafi forces launched air strikes and ground assault, thus succeeding in pushing back rebels from several places. Since then, the fight between the two is going on. While Col Gaddafi has vowed to “fight until the last man”, rebels supported by Nato are intensifying their attacks to force him to quit. In fact, in what is described as a major blow to Col Gaddafi, Nato’s air strikes are reported to have hit his Bab al-Aziziya presidential compound (shown in the figure), destroying the crucial command and control nodes, military equipment and ammunition storage facilities. But with neither side showing any signs of slowing down, the battle is unlikely to end soon.
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