March 14th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Rebels appear to slow government forces' advance in Libya

CNN Wire Staff

Benghazi, Libya (CNN) - Rebels appeared Monday to have slowed the eastward advance of Libyan government forces toward Benghazi at the town of al-Brega.

But it was not clear late in the day who controlled al-Brega, which contains a large oil refinery and natural gas plant, said CNN's Ben Wedeman, reporting from Benghazi, which is about two hours away. Meanwhile, government planes carried out air raids 40 minutes from al-Brega, in the town of Ajdabiya.

CNN was not able to reach the front lines Monday.

For the first time since violence erupted last month, forces opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi did not allow members of the news media to go forward. They expressed concern that coverage from the rebel side of the lines could provide intelligence to government forces about the ragtag rebel forces' tactics, or lack thereof.

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  1. hend

    Let's beging the "oh no. it is too late for intervention. all is lost" lament anyway, as there is clearly no intent on the American side to bring the kind of leadership these innocent civilians are begging for. I guess in the end, Gaddafi is who Obama et al prefer to see in power. Score one for the Al-Qaeda PR machine. They're gonna milk this.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm |