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Libya protests: Gaddafi battles to control west

Col Muammar Gaddafi is continuing his reign of terror on the Libyan people in attempts to quell the uprising still occurring.  This BBC News article reports on the current state of Libya, where the streets of Tripoli are empty except for pro-Gaddafi gunmen.  There have been reports of gunmen shooting people at hospitals and in breadlines.  Libyan warships have positioned themselves facing the city.  But not all of the military is following orders.  Yesterday two Libyan fighter pilots flew their planes to Malta and defected after resisting orders to strafe on protesters.  The Danger Room blog from Wired Magazine reports that another fighter pilot ejected from his plane and let in crash rather than attacking the protesters.  A Libyan warship also sailed to Malta instead of shelling the city of Benghazi.  There appears to be some hope that the military may continue to turn on Gaddafi, however, they may have to battle it out with the ban of African mercenaries hired to keep Gaddafi in power.

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