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Benghazi units prepare to liberate Tripoli
Benghazi, Libya's second city and the focus of unrest, has been a scene of celebrations for the last few days, after army units united with protesters and made it the centre of "liberated Libya." People have danced in the streets, sent up fireworks and even returned their arms to the military as popular committees have brought new order to the city.
Ghaddafi regime preparing
But the Ghaddafi regime seems to have been preparing for a possible attack from the east. After the cities of Syrte and Misrata had fallen to protesters on Sunday and Monday, these strategic places on the road from the east towards Tripoli now are under heavy attack from troops loyal to Colonel Ghaddafi.
Today, there are several reports from Misrata confirming the city is being attacked. "I hear heavy bombing and firing," a Misrata resident said over the phone today. Some talk of "a massacre going on."
Unconfirmed reports strongly indicate that the feared "Khamis Brigade" is heading the attack on Misrata. This elite brigade, headed by the Libyan leader's son Khamis al-Ghaddafi, is described as well equipped and disciplined.
It the key Khamis Brigade indeed is in Misrata, that would mean that the Ghaddafi regime's main strategy is to protect Tripoli from a foreseen advance from the eastern "liberated" areas. It had been widely believed that the Khamis Brigade would be used in Tripoli, but it has not been observed there so far.
Read more about the Khamis Brigade here.
By staff writers
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