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Libya timeline: Rebels and Qaddafi's troops still battling for Brega

Now into the eighth week of Libya's conflict, Qaddafi's troops pushed the rebels to the outskirts of Brega just as the rebels had been preparing their first oil shipment to Qatar.

By Correspondent / March 22, 2011

This timeline will be updated daily with the latest developments and Monitor coverage in Libya.

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Week 8, April 3- 9

April 5: Rebels are pushed back again by Qaddafi's troops as the opposition government prepares its first oil export to Qatar. The exports will provide much-needed revenue for the rebel troops.

April 4: Italy becomes the third country to recognize the rebel government as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people. Rebels begin a push to retake Brega. Reports emerge that Qaddafi's sons are crafting a plan to take over for their father.

April 3: The Libyan deputy foreign minister travels to Greece to meet with the Greek prime minister as an envoy of the government (in place of Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, who defected last week).

Week 7, March 27- April 2

April 1: An opposition leader says that rebel troops will agree to a cease-fire if Qaddafi agrees to pull all of his troops out of cities and to permit peaceful protests. The opposition will not back down on its demands for Qaddafi's removal from power. Reports emerge about secret meetings in Britain between British officials and Mohammed Ismail, a senior aide to Saif al-Islam, Qaddafi's son. According to the British press, Mr. Ismail was given the message that Qaddafi must go.

March 31: The US officially hands over command to NATO of air operations in Libya. Rebels have been pushed out of Brega and the front line is now somewhere between Brega and Ajdabiya, the last city before the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Qaddafi's troops continue laying siege to Misratah, while rebels still have control over in some parts.

March 30: In a major blow to Qaddafi, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa – a close confidante of Qaddafi and former intelligence chief – defects to the United Kingdom. The Obama administration discloses that it has CIA operatives on the ground with Libya's rebels, but says it has not yet decided whether to arm the rag-tag militias. By the end of the day, rebels look to be losing their grip on Brega.


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