City Closest to Tripoli Falls

Anti-Gadhafi rebels now in control of Zawiyah
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2011 8:31 AM CST
City Closest to Tripoli Falls
Anti-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gunmen celebrate the freedom of the Libyan city of Benghazi, Libya, on Sunday Feb. 27, 2011.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Moammar Gadhafi is down one nurse and another city: Zawiyah, the city closest to Tripoli, has been seized by his opponents, reports the LA Times. An AP reporter who reached the city, located a slim 30 miles west of the capital, has confirmed the anti-government rebels are in control and have deployed army tanks and anti-aircraft guns mounted on pickup trucks—but they're surrounded by pro-Gadhafi forces, also backed by tanks and anti-aircraft guns. Meanwhile, in Benghazi, an ex-justice minister has been appointed to lead a "caretaker government." Click for more. (More Tripoli stories.)

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