1. Rebellions

    Libyan Rebels Mass for Attack in Sirte

    Libyan rebels drive in a pick up armed with a rocket launcher towards the Ben Jawad frontline in the oil rich town of Ras Lanuf on August 24, 2011 some 150 kilometres (93 miles) west of Sirte. South Africa refused Wednesday to lift a block on the United States unfreezing $1.5 billion dollars of Libyan assets to buy humanitarian aid, setting up a diplomatic showdown at the UN Security Council. The United States said it would seek a Security Council vote on a resolution unfreezing the aid on Thursday if there was no agreement.   AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    With Tripoli reportedly free of Muammar Gaddafi’s men, Libyan rebels are massing for an assault on Sirte, Gaddafi’s birthplace and one of his loyalists’ last holdouts. NATO airplanes targeted the city Friday, and a British and French special-forces team is helping to coordinate the assault. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports on concerns that rebels have carried out reprisal attacks on Gaddafi loyalists. Amnesty International says alleged crimes include abuse, torture, and extrajudicial killings.

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