April 9, 2011 4:43 PM

Another rebel setback as Gadhafi troops besiege Ajdabiya

Rebels who swept in to defend Ajdabiya, 100 miles from the opposition capital of Benghazi, were hit by fire from pro-Gadhafi snipers and a rain of artillery shells. Street battles raged for hours inside the town, which was largely empty of unarmed civilians. The battle appeared to show a rebel movement hanging by a thread, surprised when Gadhafi's fighters arrived in about 30 4 X 4 pickup trucks.

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