Gadhafi Forces Drive Rebels From Oil Port

Also re-take Zawiya, sealing off eastern third of nation
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2011 6:07 AM CST
Gadhafi Forces Drive Rebels From Oil Port
Supporters of Moammar Gadhafi fly the green flag at they drive past foreign journalists in Janzour, 12 miles west of Tripoli, Wednesday, March 9, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

After days of dogged shelling, forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi today drove rebels from the key oil port of Ras Lanouf, a day after they recaptured Zawiya and effectively reclaimed control of the eastern third of the country. Reports out of scarred Zawiya said rebel bodies were being bulldozed away, only a week after they held the eastern half of the country. A rebel commander who is Libya's former interior minister tells the AP that his troops would regroup, saying "we should be back today or at the latest tomorrow." (More Libya protests stories.)

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