Thu March 17, 2011
The Two-Way

In Libya: Rebels Fight Back, But Gadhafi's Forces Largely 'Unstoppable'

This morning's headlines on the fighting in Libya include:

-- "Rebel Forces 'Repel Ajdabiya Attack.' " (BBC News)

-- "Authorize Libya Air Strikes, U.S. Urges U.N.." (The Guardian)

-- "Defiant Gaddafi Vows 'Decisive Battle.' " (Al-Jazeera)

And the latest report from The Associated Press begins this way:

"Libya's opposition battled to keep Moammar Gadhafi's forces at the gateway to rebel-held territory on Thursday, hoping for help from the U.N. Security Council before his tanks and troops break through the city of Ajdabiya.

"Gadhafi's rapid advance on the rebels appears to have spurred the United States to leave behind weeks of doubts about a no-fly zone in Libya, and start pushing for broader U.N. authorization for international air, sea and land forces."

From Tripoli, NPR's David Greene reported on Morning Edition earlier that while the anti-Gadhafi rebels are claiming some victories and still control the eastern port city of Benghazi, "Gadhafi's better-trained military has proven largely unstoppable" in recent days as it swept through areas that the opposition had taken over in recent weeks. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.