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Gadhafi forces retake towns near Libyan capital (AP)

A Libyan army soldier loyal to Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi, poster in background, sits in a tank, in Qasr Banashir, southeast of the capital Tripoli, in Libya, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Government opponents in rebel-held Zawiya repelled an attempt by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi to retake the city closest to the capital in six hours of fighting overnight, witnesses said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)AP – Moammar Gadhafi’s forces battled poorly armed rebels Tuesday for control of towns near the capital trying to create a buffer zone around his seat of power. The increasingly violent clashes threatened to transform the 15-day popular rebellion in Libya into a drawn-out civil war.

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