Libyan rebels make advances in western mountains
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Rebels in Libya's western mountains say they have advanced and are battling Moammar Gadhafi's forces in a town located around 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of the capital.
Gomaa Ibrahim, a rebel military spokesman in the Nafusa mountains, says opposition fighters and government troops have been fighting since early Sunday in the outskirts of the town of Bair al-Ghanam.
Guma el-Gamaty, a spokesman of the rebels' National Transitional council, said Bair al-Ghanam is significant because it is only 19 miles (30 kilometers) south of the city of Zawiya, a key western gateway to Tripoli.
Opposition fighters seized control of Zawiya in March, before government troops crushed rebel forces there to retake the city.