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A hundred yards inside the bombed-out western gate to Ajdabiya, Husain Ahmed Bukatwa stands around a smoldering fire smoking a cigarette and waiting for a tea kettle to boil. His blue keffiyeh matches his beret, on which he's pinned a revolutionary button bearing the image of the adopted opposition flag and Omar Mukhtar, the hero of Libya’s anti-colonial resistance.
The key role played by Britain in equipping and advising Libya’s rebel fighters for their final push on Tripoli was becoming clear last night as Col Muammar Gaddafi’s remaining forces staged a last stand around his bunker.
British, French, Jordanian, Qatari military crack forces are behind compound siege
Aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have delivered medical supplies to Sirte amid growing fears of a worsening humanitarian situation in the besieged hometown of Muammar Gaddafi, the ousted Libyan leader. People streamed out of Sirte by the hundreds on Friday as Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), said that NTC forces had called a two-day truce to allow civilians to leave.
12 September 2011 Last updated at 20:14 GMT Richard Galpin says the assault on Bani Walid is temporarily "on hold"
Bryan Denton for The New York Times
TRIPOLI, Libya - Libyan rebels stormed Moammar Gadhafi’s main military compound in Tripoli Tuesday after fierce fighting with forces loyal to his regime that rocked the capital as the longtime leader refused to surrender despite the stunning advances by opposition forces. Follow Live Coverage feed.
By FOUAD AJAMI Who, today, does not thrill to the spectacle of freedom in Tripoli?
Hundreds of fighters aligned with Libya's National Transitional Council met fierce resistance as they pushed into the center of Sirte with the support of heavy artillery and NATO warplanes. Al Jazeera correspondents said NTC fighters on began the assault early on Saturday and had soon overrun positions that forces loyal to deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi had held for months. Their progress was stalled, however, when Gaddafi's forces battled back with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and rooftop snipers.
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Ministers from the NATO-backed coalition in Libya are meeting in Rome to seek ways of financing rebels in the north African country.
The NATO-backed coalition in Libya has said it will create a fund for rebels fighting the government of Muammar Gaddafi.
NATO's secretary-general has said he will use a two-day meeting of NATO alliance defence ministers to push for broader participation in Libya by other members of the organisation. Anders Fogh Rasmussen asked for more countries from the 28-nation alliance to share the costs and risks involved in the campaign at a meeting at NATO's Brussels headquarters on Wednesday.