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Libyan youth climb on a destroyed tank Thursday at Al-Katiba military base in Benghazi, Libya. The base fell to anti-Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi protesters few days ago. Army units and militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi struck back Thursday against rebellious Libyans who have risen up in cities close to the capital.

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Gadhafi forces strike back at Libya uprising

Foreign mercenaries and Libyan militiamen loyal to Moammar Gadhafi tried to roll back the uprising against his rule that has advanced closer to his stronghold in Tripoli, attacking two nearby cities in battles that killed at least 17 people. But rebels made new gains, seizing a military air base, as Gadhafi blamed Osama bin Laden for the upheaval.

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