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Anti-Qaddafi forces move toward 'Brother Leader's' hometown of Sirte (VIDEO)

Anti-Qaddafi forces say NATO must clear the road to Sirte.

By Staff writer / August 29, 2011

A rebel fighter jumps from a T-55 tank in Misrata August 29. Rebels said they had seized about 150 tanks from a military base near Misrata and prepared to use them as part of a possible operation to take control over the central Libyan city of Sirte, Muammar Qaddafi's last remaining stronghold.

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Despite their success in securing Tripoli, Libya's interim government asked NATO to continuing putting pressure on the remnants of Muammar Qaddafi's regime.

"Qaddafi is still capable is doing something awful in the last moments," National Transitional Council leader Abdul-Jalil told NATO officials at a meeting in Qatar, according to the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, anti-Qaddafi forces in eastern Libya moved toward Sirte over the weekend, the Monitor reported. With progress from the west as well, fighters appear to be closing in on the Qaddafi stronghold, where some believe the former leader may be hiding. Qaddafi has not been seen for several weeks.

According to Bloomberg, the fighters are waiting for NATO to bomb Scud missile sites on the road to Sirte from the west so that they can continue their advance. Commander Col. Salm Miftah told Bloomberg that the rebels will need about 10 days to capture Sirte if Qaddafi loyalists there remain unwilling to negotiate a surrender.

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