A man holds up a sign during a demonstration calling for the ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in front of the Libyan embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday Feb. 20, 2011. The crackdown of anti-government protests in Libya continued Sunday as, according to witnesses Libyan forces fired machine-guns at mourners marching in a funeral for anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Benghazi.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
A man holds up a sign during a demonstration calling for the ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in front of the Libyan embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday Feb. 20, 2011. The crackdown of anti-government protests in Libya continued Sunday as, according to witnesses Libyan forces fired machine-guns at mourners marching in a funeral for anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Benghazi.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
published Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
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BENGHAZI, Libya — The scope of Moammar Gadhafi’s control was whittled away Wednesday as major Libyan cities and towns closer to the capital fell to the rebellion against his rule. In the east, now all but broken away, the opposition vowed to “liberate” Tripoli, where the Libyan leader is holed up with a force of militiamen roaming the streets and tanks guarding the outskirts.

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