The murky death of Gen. Abdul Fateh Younes, who led Libya's rebel forces, has called into question rebels' ability to transcend tribal divisions and their credibility to lead a democratic transition.
The British government yesterday recognized Libya's rebel government and freed up nearly $150 million in frozen assets for the rebels' use.
Taking Brega, a strategic oil port in eastern Libya, would be a key victory for the rebels, who lost the town to Qaddafi's troops months ago.
Despite the Russian media report, the Libyan government denies Qaddafi will consider stepping down and rebels say he must face justice.
An increase in NATO strikes along with British and French commitment to deploy attack helicopters may be aimed at breaking a stalemate in the conflict.
NATO destroyed eight Libyan warships Friday in a week that saw a push for ICC arrest warrants for Qaddafi and a tough speech from Obama supporting the rebellion.
The UK today announced it is sending 'experienced British military officers' to support and advise Libya's rebels. The Libyan government says it will fight any foreign troops on its soil.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s loyalists shelled the key eastern city of Ajdabiyah and fired on the only western rebel stronghold of Misratah as NATO airstrikes hit the capital, Tripoli.