Anti-Qaddafi militias have almost retaken Bin Jawad, the last major town east of Sirte, Muammar Qaddafi's hometown and last major stronghold. They insist they've learned from past mistakes.
Col. Ahmed Bani, the military spokesman for Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), says revolutionary militias now have the town of Bin Jawad -- a dusty outpost on the coastal desert between the eastern city of Ajdabiyah and Muammar Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte that has changed hands at least three times in Libya's six-month-old war.
If so, it would represent a tightening of the noose around Qaddafi's last major bastion, much in the same way steady, methodical gains around Tripoli in the last monthset the stage for the capital's fall. Libyan revolutionaries are firmly in control of Misrata to Sirte's west, and have been dispatching troops towards the city from that direction. Bin Jawad would provide a platform to squeeze Sirte from the east, and be a major bargaining chip in the hands of interim Libyan leaders who say they're hoping for a negotiated surrender of Sirte rather than an all out assault.