NATO has assumed control of the no-fly zone in Libya. Rebels in Libya are advancing west, clashing with fighters loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi. (This post will refresh every 30 minutes unless we jump in with breaking news.)
NPR's Eric Westervelt is traveling in eastern Libya; today on Morning Edition he described rebels holding Brega, an eastern oil port. Rebels believe the front line of battle is about six miles outside of Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown. Overnight, there was a huge celebration in the eastern town of Benghazi, held by the rebels; people mistakenly believed Sirte had fallen to rebel fighters.
Eric has been driving on the western road out of Benghazi. "I passed dozens of destroyed tanks, pieces of artillery, troop carriers and trucks. Really, the highway is littered with his destroyed heavy armor...rebels say that troops that were left, that survived, got into civilian cars and fled westward toward Sirte." Eric is seeing Libyan government uniforms, crates of ammunition dropped by pro-Gadhafi fighter who left in great haste. Rebels are picking up what's been dropped.
Further west, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is in Tripoli; she tells Morning Edition many shops are closed in the capital and people are hoarding goods. There were nine loud explosions heard over the city and some ineffective anti-aircraft rounds were fired in return.
President Obama will explain his position on the U.S intervention in Libya tonight in a speech in Washington; Mark will cover it live on the Two-Way and Frank will provide analysis on It's All Politics. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.