Government, Opposition Forces Clash in Libya

Friday, March 04, 2011

A rebel fighter scans the horizon for government troops on March 3, 2011 in Ajdabiya, Libya. A rebel fighter scans the horizon for government troops on March 3, 2011 in Ajdabiya, Libya. (Getty Images)

Supporters and opponents of longtime Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi continue to fight for control over the country's major cities, as international pressure calling for Gadhafi's resignation mount.

President Barack Obama strongly condemned Gadhafi during a press conference at the White House on Thursday.

"The violence must stop," the president said. "Moammar Gadhafi has lost the legitimacy to lead and he must leave. Those who perpetrate violence against the Libyan people will be held accountable, and the aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom, democracy and dignity must be met."

Gadhafi, who has been the leader of Libya for more than 40 years, is still clinging to power. Opposition forces have been able to fend off attacks by his forces in several cities, including areas important because of oil, according to The Associated Press.

But Gadhafi's forces are putting up a fight. The AP reported that more than a dozen people were killed when government forces attacked a city near Tripoli, in an attempt to consolidate government power.

Libya's uprising is now in its third week. It's one of several nations in the region to experience political upheavals in recent weeks.

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Comments [1]

gordana from belgrade, serbia

I wish Mr Gaddafi gave a good lessons to Americans, Brits and the French because they dared to interfere... they bombed my people I want they feel the same. MrGaddafi did so much for his country, and always supported mine, so I am ashamed of the policy of Serbia. Did Americans bring water to Africa, did they feed so many hungry people there ? No, all they do and keep doing it is to grab and take from the others without any shame or remorse if they know what it is at all. Somebody should teach then how to respect other countries because they do not belong to them i,e.their petrol to be precise, and stick to their borders. Everywhere they come they bring evil.

Mar. 18 2011 07:17 PM

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