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    NATO Forces Aided Rebel Surge

    Rebel fighters look towards the enemy as they hear the sound of bombardments in the village of Mayah, some 30 kilometers west from Tripoli, LIbya, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011.  Libyan rebels said they were less than 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Moammar Gadhafi's main stronghold of Tripoli on Sunday, a day after opposition fighters launched their first attack on the capital itself. Fighters said a 600-strong rebel force that set out from Zawiya has reached the outskirts of the village of Jedaim and was coming under heavy fire from regime forces on the eastern side of the town.

    Sergey Ponomarev / AP Photo

    Rebel forces in Libya has taken over the capital in Tripoli, but not without the help of NATO coordination. American aerial surveillance intensified in the weeks leading up to the invasion, helping to weaken Muammar Gaddafi's floundering regime. NATO officials report that coordination between their troops and the rebels had grown stronger in recent weeks, creating a lethal joint effort. NATO also increased 24-hour surveillance in areas where the regime still had a hold, and used armed Predator drones to detect, track, and sometimes fire at the forces. Other European nations such as Britain and France also aided the effort, deploying troops to help train and arm the rebels. “The rebels certainly have our phone number,” a NATO diplomat said. “We have a much better picture of what’s happening on the ground.”

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