Libya rebels see victory by end of August
LIBYA: Libya's rebels were bolstered by fresh battlefield advances
Wednesday, as leaders claimed the six-month-old civil war had entered a
decisive phase and could end within weeks.
Revitalized rebel forces pushed further to isolate Tripoli and turn
the screws on Moamer Kadhafi's regime, moving toward a western town that
links the capital and Sirte - Kadhafi's hometown and a stronghold for
his military. "The scouting teams of the revolutionaries reached the
outskirts of Al-Heisha after expelling Kadhafi forces," the rebel
military command said in a statement early Wednesday.
Al-Heisha lies roughly 70 kilometres (45 miles) south of Misrata and
250 kilometres (150 miles) from Tripoli, near two key crossroads that
link loyalist-held territory in the west with that in the oil-rich Sirte
It was just the latest in a series of battlefield operations to
isolate the capital, which the rebels hope will force defections from
the regime and spark a Tripoli uprising against the near 42-year-old