Rebels Gaining on Gadhafi Regime

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that
Libyan rebels have seized a number of western mountain towns,
cutting off the Gadhafi regime's access to a key oil pipeline.

The U.S. officials estimate that fuel for the military and the
public in Tripoli will start running out within one month. The
officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of
intelligence.

The officials say that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime is
running out of cash to pay its military and government ministers,
citing small civil protests breaking out in Tripoli. The officials
also say that, based on Gadhafi troops who have been captured or
have defected, morale among soldiers is also poor.

France's foreign minister said Tuesday that Libyan emissaries
report that Gadhafi is prepared to leave power.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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