|Published:||Apr 23, 2011 8:14 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 23, 2011 5:14 PM EDT|
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Rebel fire has forced Libyan government troops to retreat to the outskirts of Misrata today.
The rebels are claiming victory after a nearly two-month siege of the western city. Opposition forces held firm despite weeks of pounding by the government's heavy weapons and earlier this week seized control of several key buildings in the city's center.
Yesterday, a top government official said troops would be withdrawn and local tribes would take up the fight. Rebels scoffed at that notion.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon says the U.S. Air Force carried out its first Predator missile strike in Libya today, but gave no details.
Libyan government officials showed evidence of an airstrike near Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli and said it caused no injuries. It's not clear if that site was the Predator's target.
On the eastern front, a rebel commander says NATO strikes smashed more than two dozen sedans and pickup trucks belonging to government forces about halfway between Ajdabiya and Brega. The front has been stalled between the two towns for weeks.
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