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Counter-Offensive Targets One of Libya’s Few Undamaged Refineries

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2011

Jason Ditz


12th September, 2011

In the first major regime counter-offensive in over a week, forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi liberated a rebel-held oil refinery in Ras Lanuf today, one of the few refineries which escaped NATO bombardment during the civil war.

The loyalist forces struck early in the morning and a large number of hand grenades were littering the area after a gunbattle, which local doctors say left at least 17 people dead.

The liberate comes as rebel forces attempt to conquer the town of Bani Walid, one of the last loyalist towns in the nation. Rebels reported heavy resistance in the town today, the fourth day since they began their invasion.

Increasingly, the focus of the rebels is forming a new post-Gadhafi regime, with NTC leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil today vowing to see a new government based on sharia law take the place of the Gadhafi forces.

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