Libyan forces plot moves after Bani Walid setback
Friday, September 16, 2011
BANI WALID, Libya (AP) -- Libyan revolutionary fighters are struggling to regroup outside the loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid after being driven back by fierce resistance from followers of Moammar Gadhafi.
There were no signs Saturday of anti-Gadhafi forces mobilizing for another assault on the mountain enclave, about 90 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of Tripoli. The fighters withdrew Friday after facing sniper fire and shelling from loyalists units holding strategic positions above the valley entrance to the town.
Meanwhile, more families fled Bani Walid.
The fighting coincided with another revolutionary offensive into Gadhafi's hometown Sirte on the Mediterranean coast, where there were stiff counterattacks by backers of the old regime.