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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Week 2, Feb. 20-26
Rebels take control of Benghazi and rapidly claim most of eastern Libya, then begin moving west. The international community condemns Qaddafi’s use of violence against protesters and begins discussing how best to respond. Qaddafi digs in his heels, dismissing the protesters as “rats” and “cockroaches.”Skip to next paragraph
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Feb. 26: The UN Security Council votes unanimously to impose sanctions against Qaddafi and calls on the International Criminal Court to investigate Qaddafi for possible crimes against humanity. Earlier in the week, the US and European Union vote to impose sanctions of their own and to freeze possible Qaddafi assets in their countries. (RELATED: Five steps the international community is taking)
Feb. 25: Qaddafi tries to appease Libyans with promises to pay every family $400 as rebels close in on Tripoli.
Feb. 24: Rebels take control of Misratah, 120 miles east of the capital. Qaddafi’s forces bomb a mosque that had been taken over by protesters in Zawiyah, only 30 miles from the capital.
Feb. 23: French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls on the European Union to impose sanctions against Qaddafi.
Feb. 21- 22: World leaders and Libyan diplomats speak out against Qaddafi’s brutal tactics to put down protests, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Libya’s ambassador to the US. The death toll is estimated at more than 400. On Feb. 22, Qaddafi speaks on state television for the first time since protests began and vows to hang on to power. He blames the unrest on Western powers and Al Qaeda and, in an apparent attempt to undermine the validity of protesters' demands, says they were taking hallucinogenic drugs.