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Inside the Fight for Libya: Join the Live Chat

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A day of battles in Libya. Government forces tried to retake a strategic oil rich city. The opposition held onto the city. We'll talk with CNN's Ben Wedeman who escaped one battle with opposition forces after bombs fell from Libyan Air Force jets.  We'll also hear from CNN's Nic Robertson who was at a rambling two-and-half speech by Moammar Gadhafi. And, Anderson will speak with a Libyan government spokesman to see how the regime's message matches up against the facts.

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March 2nd, 2011
09:26 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Bombs Falling in Libya

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we take you inside the fight for Libya. We have new video from the town of Breg, where the Libyan Air Force dropped at least three bombs.

One of the bombs fell just 40 yards away from CNN's Ben Wedeman, who said Gadhafi's regime was targeting him and about 250 anti-government forces headed for Berga to engage Libyan forces.

We'll talk with Wedeman tonight on the program and show you his remarkable video of the bomb damage.

There's also video of ground fighting near Brega, where key oil oil and natural gas facilities are located.

Remember Moammar Gadhafi has said Libyan fighters don't exist. Instead he claims al Qaeda and drugged kids are behind the opposition. Gadhafi also claims military fighter jets are only targeting ammunition depots, not people.

Tonight Anderson will ask a Libyan government spokesman about how those claims match up against the facts. We're Keeping Them Honest.

You'll also hear from a man in Tunisia, who has fled Libya. He says his brother was murdered by the Gadhafi's regime.

There's also concern about the people fleeing Libya. Over the past 24 hours, a tent city for an estimated 18,000 refugees has sprung up in Tunisia near the border it shares with Libya. The people staying at the camp are some of the nearly 150,000 refugees who have left Tripoli and other cities. Ivan Watson has the latest on the efforts to help the homeless.

We'll also look at the new development on the U.S. response to the crisis.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
March 2nd, 2011
06:45 PM ET

U.S. mulling military options in Libya

Elise Labott
CNN Senior State Department Producer

Washington (CNN) - The United States is weighing a possible military role to help the Libyan revolt against leader Moammar Gadhafi, but top U.S. officials warn that the issue is controversial.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a Senate panel Wednesday that "there may well be a role for military assets to get equipment and supplies into areas that have a need for them" and in areas where the United States is welcome.

But she noted the Arab League statement issued Wednesday that rejected "any foreign interference within Libya on behalf of the opposition, even though they have called for Gadhafi to leave."

"The tough issues about how and whether there would be any intervention to assist those who are opposing Libya is very controversial within Libya and within the Arab community," Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "So we are working closely with our partners and allies to try to see what we can do and we are engaged in very active consideration of all the different options that are available."

Two senior officials in the Arab League said the group's members have agreed not to accept any foreign intervention in Libya; they also agreed that they will consult with other Arab League members in order to protect Libyans' security.

But the league cannot ignore the suffering of civilians and would consider the imposition of a no-fly zone in coordination with the African Union if fighting were to continue, the officials said.

Senator John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, called for the United States to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. While he noted that the Libyan people weren't asking for foreign troops, he said they "do need the tools to prevent the slaughter of innocents on Libyan streets."

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking to a House committee, said creating a no-fly zone would have to begin with an attack on Libya.

"If it's ordered, we can do it, but ... there's a lot of, frankly, loose talk about some of these military options, and let's just call a spade a spade. A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses. That's the way you do a no-fly zone, and then you can fly planes around the country and not worry about our guys being shot down," he told a House Appropriations hearing. "But that's the way it starts."

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March 2nd, 2011
05:50 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/2/11

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco present the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre late on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo credit: Gabriel Bouys /AFP/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Update: Beat 360° Winners:

Sam Meyer
“James, honey, ‘phone it in’ is just an expression.”


Sharon Gillis
"You want funnier jokes? James. Quick. See if there's an app for that."

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March 2nd, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Deadly fighting as Gadhafi tries to retake rebel-held town

CNN Wire Staff

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) - Libyan aircraft bombed a section of eastern Libya on Wednesday as leader Moammar Gadhafi tried to retake control of an area seized by rebel forces.

A CNN crew saw the aircraft drop two bombs near al-Brega, a town in the east with key oil and natural gas facilities.

Later, a military aircraft dropped a third bomb. People on the ground shot and threw whatever they could at the aircraft, then fled.

After one of the attacks, people carrying stretchers were seen running to the site of the bombing.

Fighting also raged on the ground, as Gadhafi's forces tried to take control of a university in al-Brega.

A doctor told CNN there were four dead and 23 wounded at his hospital in the area, all victims of gunshot wounds.

Residents of the town said the rebels maintained control of al-Brega, repelling Libyan ground forces.

Earlier Wednesday, military aircraft bombed military camps on the outskirts of the town of Ajdabiya, a tribal leader said.

The tribal leader, who did not want to be identified for safety reasons, said youths in Ajdabiya were massing and heading toward the conflict area to help defend the town, which has been in the control of rebel forces in recent days. Some military bases in eastern Libya have fallen into the hands of rebels as more members of the military have abandoned Gadhafi's regime and joined the opposition.

The bombings could support calls for the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent such attacks. The United States has said all options are on the table. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said imposing a no-fly zone would be "an extraordinarily complex operation."

Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday that, while Libyans are not asking for foreign troops on the ground, they need "the tools to prevent the slaughter of innocents on Libyan streets, and I believe that the global community cannot be on the sidelines while airplanes are allowed to bomb and strafe. A no-fly zone is not a long-term proposition, assuming the outcome is what all desire, and I believe that we ought to be ready to implement it as necessary."

The Arab League met Wednesday to consider a resolution rejecting foreign military intervention in Libya, where protesters have been demonstrating for weeks, calling for more freedoms and for the longtime ruler to step down.

"We perceive what happened and what is happening is an internal affair that is decided by the people and their governments," the Arab League said in a statement.

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