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Battle for Sirte rages on in Libya

The month-long battle fighting for Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte by all appearances seems to be intensifying.

Reuters reports that Libyan transitional government forces captured landmark buildings in a thrust toward the center of Sirte, but were holding off an assault on its main square to allow civilians to escape the chaotic fighting.

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Libyan rebels fire a rocket as they enter Sirte, Libya, on Monday, Oct. 10. Fighters loyal to Libya's interim rulers withdrew from the airport in the desert town of Bani Walid amid fighting with forces loyal to fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi. The withdrawal comes a day after the fighters claimed major advances in Sirte and Bani Walid, the last strongholds of Gadhafi.

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A Libyan rebel fighter mourns the death of a comrade on Oct. 7 in Sirte, Libya. National Transitional Council fighters say this is the final assault on Gadhafi's hometown as they capture the main hospital, University and the Ouagadougou conference center in the city.

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Libyans battle fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in Sirte on Monday, Oct. 10, in a drive to control Gadhafi's hometown after a month-long siege.

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