August 16th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

Rebels in Libya eyeing Tripoli

Rebel forces in Libya working to topple the Moammar Gadhafi regime think they can start moving on Tripoli very soon - kicking off a decisive new chapter in the war.

The key factor is the bloody battle for Zawiya - an strategically important city just west of Tripoli engulfed in urban warfare on Tuesday.

Rebels have made advances in the south and the east.

But if those fighters eventually gain control of Zawiya, that will be a major stride in putting a stranglehold on the Gadhafi-controlled seat of power.

"We will be very careful entering Tripoli, which we hope to do by the end of this month," said Col. Ahmed Banni, military spokesman for the opposition National Transitional Council.

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  1. George Patton

    It well appears that another human tragedy is about to unfold in Libya and quite soon, too! The same thing happened in Spain in 1939 when the horrific Falangists under Franciso Franco won there with the help of both Germany and Italy! How history repeats itself!!!

    August 16, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      Thank you, George. You're the only blogger here who said anything so far. All the rest are Tea Party nitwits with nothing on their minds!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    I spy with my little eye, an area in north africa, whose government was changed in pretty much the same way some 40 odd years ago.

    August 16, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Hi, bobcat2u.

    August 16, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Hi banasy, how are you today ? Looks like it's being a slow news and comment day. Maybe it will pick up later.

      August 16, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Here we go again with these mindless Tea Partiers here posting their meaningless comments on this website!

    August 16, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Well, bobcat2u, apparently Dick, my obsessive troll, is here.
    Poor Dick.
    I pity him, I really do.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Their existence, if you can call it that, Is obviously so miserable and delusional, that they actually think someone cares about what they say. Just sad little creatures that need to go back under their bridges.

      August 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I hear you, bobcat2u.
    What kills me is this one answers himself.
    That makes me laugh every time.
    He gives the left a bad name.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Yeah, it's kind of like -- I think - I think I am - therefor I am - I think !!!!

      August 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sjdsh

    Thanks HATO/USA$$

    August 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    this news is so last month...... lybia needs to move on already and stop hoging the headlines

    August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |