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Libya's rebels approaching Sirte: March 28 Mideast update

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(Read caption) Rebel fighters fire their weapons in the desert in pursuit of forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi some 75 miles east of Sirte in eastern Libya, March 28.

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Over the weekend and into Monday, rebel forces staged a westward offensive, retaking Ajdabiya, Brega, Ras Lanuf, and Bin Jawwad. As of Monday, most outlets were reporting that they were about 75 miles east of Sirte, the hometown of Muammar Qaddafi and one of his strongholds, and that rebels were preparing to try to take Sirte for the first time. However, there were some unconfirmed reports that the rebels had already taken the city.

Meanwhile, allied forces conducted airstrikes on Sirte on Sunday night and NATO announced that it had assumed command of all operations in Libya.

Obama will give a TV address on Libya at 7:30 tonight.

RELATED: Libya timeline (updated daily)

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