Libyan rebels advance on two critical Qaddafi strongholds(Read article summary)
After holding off on attacking Bani Walid and Sirte for weeks, Libya's rebels have launched their assaults on the two remaining Qaddafi strongholds.
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According to the Associated Press, the rebels entered the town of Bani Walid today and are making their way to the center after laying siege from the town's perimeter for two weeks. They also converged on Sirte, Qaddafi's hometown, late Thursday. The BBC reports that there are only four towns left under pro-Qaddafi control – those two, and the inland towns of Sabha and Jufra.
The National Transitional Council (NTC) was hesitant to stage an assault on Bani Walid because it feared alienating the powerful Warfallah tribe there, but this week it warned civilians of an imminent attack and urged them to leave, Reuters reports.