A Libyan volunteer stands guard near a defaced billboard of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have scored a significant victory, recapturing the closest city to the capital to have fallen in rebel hands. On another front near the opposition-held east, loyalists trying to stop anti-government fighters from advancing toward the capital pounded the rebels with airstrikes and rockets. The Arabic on the billboard reads "The opening". (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
A Libyan volunteer stands guard near a defaced billboard of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have scored a significant victory, recapturing the closest city to the capital to have fallen in rebel hands. On another front near the opposition-held east, loyalists trying to stop anti-government fighters from advancing toward the capital pounded the rebels with airstrikes and rockets. The Arabic on the billboard reads "The opening". (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
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TRIPOLI, Libya — After dramatic successes over the past weeks, Libya's rebel movement appears to have hit a wall of overwhelming power from loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi. Pro-regime forces halted its drive on Tripoli with a heavy barrage of rockets in the east and threatened Tuesday to recapture the closest rebel-held city to the capital in the west.

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