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.
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March 18: Qaddafi’s government declares a cease-fire, but his forces continue their assault on Ajdabiya.Skip to next paragraph
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March 17: Rebels are pushed all the way back to the edge of Benghazi, while Qaddafi’s forces regroup in Ajdabiya for an assault on the de facto rebel capital. UN passes Resolution 1973 late that evening, authorizing not only a no-fly zone over Libya, but “all necessary measures.”
March 16: Qaddafi’s forces take Ajdabiya, and Qaddafi’s son boasts that the rebels will be crushed within 48 hours. France takes the lead on the international push for a no-fly zone in a letter to the UN Security Council.
March 15: Qaddafi’s forces begin shelling Ajdabiya, the last major city before Benghazi. International support for a no-fly zone gains traction.
March 13- 14: Over the weekend, Qaddafi’s forces regain control of Ras Lanuf and Brega and begin their push toward Ajdabiya.
Other noteworthy Monitor coverage:
- Murphy writes from Benghazi as rebels in the city brace themselves for a fight and grow more desperate as Qaddafi’s forces draw closer and the UN dithers on the no-fly resolution.
- Murphy writes from Benghazi about the rebels’ ecstatic celebration when they learned of the UN approval of a no-fly zone.
Week 4, March 6-12
Qaddafi’s forces stage a counteroffensive to the rebels’ gains westward the previous week, first ousting rebels from Bin Jawwad and then loosening their grip on Ras Lanuf and Brega.
March 12: Arab League announces its support for a no-fly zone imposed on Libya and France and the UK back the announcement.
March 8: Qaddafi’s government denies opposition reports that Qaddafi is attempting to negotiate a resignation.