Posted by: pinkturtle2 | Mac 12, 2011

The Battle Of Ras Lanuf…

A Libyan rebel fighter stand guard with his anti-aircraft machinegun as comrades pray at a check point some 10 kilometers east of the key oil port of Ras Lanuf, on March 11, 2011 as rebels appealed for arms today as they sent fighters into battle against Moamer Kadhafi's advancing forces, as France and Britain urged targeted strikes in the oil-rich country.

A Libyan rebel fighter stand guard with his anti-aircraft machinegun as comrades pray at a check point some 10 kilometers east of the key oil port of Ras Lanuf, on March 11, 2011 as rebels appealed for arms today as they sent fighters into battle against Moamer Kadhafi’s advancing forces, as France and Britain urged targeted strikes in the oil-rich country.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Libyan rebels load a Katyusha rocket launcher while battling government forces as smoke from a damaged oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA – MARCH 11: Libyan rebels load a Katyusha rocket launcher while battling government forces as smoke from a damaged oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Libyan rebels carry a Katyusha rocket to fire on government forces as smoke from a damaged oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Libyan rebels adjust an anti-aircraft gun as smoke from a damaged oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA – MARCH 11: Libyan rebels adjust an anti-aircraft gun as smoke from a damaged oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Libyan rebels gather on the frontline as smoke from a burning oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA – MARCH 11: Libyan rebels gather on the frontline as smoke from a burning oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Libyan rebels flee government forces as smoke from a damaged oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Libyan rebels move anti-aircraft guns through the battlefield as smoke from a damaged oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Rebel fighters flee a government airstrike on the frontline on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a disjointed rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA – MARCH 11: Rebel fighters flee a government airstrike on the frontline on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a disjointed rebel retreat through the desert.

Smoke rises as a Libyan jet fighter drops a bomb on anti Libyan government fighters position on the outskirt of the eastern oil port town of Ras Lanuf on March 11, 2011 as rebels battled troops loyal to Moamer Kadhafi outside Ras Lanuf a day after the regime recaptured the key oil town.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Libyan rebels battle government troops as smoke from a damaged oil facility darkens the frontline sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

Rebel fighters carry a wounded comrade near the eastern Libyan oil port of Ras Lanuf on March 11, 2011, as rebels clashed with pro-Kadhafi forces exchanging rocket fire.

Rebel fighters carry a wounded comrade near the eastern Libyan oil port of Ras Lanuf on March 11, 2011, as rebels clashed with pro-Kadhafi forces exchanging rocket fire.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  A rebel fighter kisses a fallen comrade as bodies of slain rebels are carried from the frontline on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a disjointed rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA – MARCH 11: A rebel fighter kisses a fallen comrade as bodies of slain rebels are carried from the frontline on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a disjointed rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Libyan rebels climb off an anti-aircraft gun as smoke from a damaged oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Libyan rebel tanks advance across the battlefield towards government troops on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Libyan rebels flee government forces as smoke from a burning oil facility darkens the sky on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a frantic rebel retreat through the desert.

Libyans shout slogans while carrying the coffin of a comrade rebel fighter in Benghazi on March 11, 2011 killed a day before in the battle for Ras Lanuf.

Libyans shout slogans while carrying the coffin of a comrade rebel fighter in Benghazi on March 11, 2011 killed a day before in the battle for Ras Lanuf.

A Libyan rebel fighter, wounded during heavy clashes with Kadhafi loyalists forces on the outskirt of the oil port of Ras Lanuf, is rushed to Ajdabiya's general hospital on March 11, 2011.

A Libyan rebel fighter, wounded during heavy clashes with Kadhafi loyalists forces on the outskirt of the oil port of Ras Lanuf, is rushed to Ajdabiya’s general hospital on March 11, 2011.

A Libyan wounded rebel fighter is carried by ambulance medics near the eastern oil city of Ras Lanuf on March 11, 2011 as rebels clashed with pro-Kadhafi forces exchanging in rocket fire.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - MARCH 11:  Bodies of slain rebels are carried from the frontline on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a disjointed rebel retreat through the desert.

RAS LANUF, LIBYA – MARCH 11: Bodies of slain rebels are carried from the frontline on March 11, 2011 in Ras Lanuf, Libya. Government troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi drove opposition forces out of the strategic oil town, forcing a disjointed rebel retreat through the desert.

Libyans shout slogans while carrying the coffin of a comrade in Benghazi on March 11, 2011 killed a day before in the battle for Ras Lanuf.

Libyans shout slogans while carrying the coffin of a comrade in Benghazi on March 11, 2011 killed a day before in the battle for Ras Lanuf.

Libyan rebel fighters run for cover as a bomb dropped by a Kadhafi loyalist Airforce fighter jet explodes on March 11, 2011 some 10 kilometers east of the key oil port of Ras Lanuf. Libyan rebels appealed for arms today as they sent fighters into battle against Moamer Kadhafi's advancing forces, as France and Britain urged targeted strikes in the oil-rich country.

Libyan rebel fighters run for cover as a bomb dropped by a Kadhafi loyalist Airforce fighter jet explodes on March 11, 2011 some 10 kilometers east of the key oil port of Ras Lanuf. Libyan rebels appealed for arms today as they sent fighters into battle against Moamer Kadhafi’s advancing forces, as France and Britain urged targeted strikes in the oil-rich country.

Libyan rebel fighters man an anti-aircraft machinegun in the Rebel-held city of Benghazi on March 11, 2011 as a Libyan fighter jets carried out screeching bombing runs against anti-Kadhafi forces, hitting a rebel checkpoint and an oil refinery near the front line of Ras Lanuf.

Libyan rebel fighters man an anti-aircraft machinegun in the Rebel-held city of Benghazi on March 11, 2011 as a Libyan fighter jets carried out screeching bombing runs against anti-Kadhafi forces, hitting a rebel checkpoint and an oil refinery near the front line of Ras Lanuf.

Libyan rebel fighters shouts as he raises a Quran at a check point some 10 kilometers east of the key oil port of Ras Lanuf, on March 11, 2011 as rebels appealed for arms today as they sent fighters into battle against Moamer Kadhafi's advancing forces, as France and Britain urged targeted strikes in the oil-rich country.

Libyan rebel fighters shouts as he raises a Quran at a check point some 10 kilometers east of the key oil port of Ras Lanuf, on March 11, 2011 as rebels appealed for arms today as they sent fighters into battle against Moamer Kadhafi’s advancing forces, as France and Britain urged targeted strikes in the oil-rich country.

Libyan women take part during Friday prayers in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, Libya, Friday, March 11, 2011. French President Nicolas Sarkozy faced increasing pressure from fellow leaders Friday who complained he was out of line to suddenly give a Libyan opposition group diplomatic recognition. Rebels held out Friday in part of a strategic oil port after fierce fighting with Moammar Gadhafi loyalists waging a heavy counteroffensive trying to push the opposition further east away from the capital.

Libyan women take part during Friday prayers in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, Libya, Friday, March 11, 2011.

Libyan rebels take up a position with an anti aircraft weapon on the border of the eastern town of Brega, Libya  Friday, March 11, 2011. French President Nicolas Sarkozy remained unrepentant Friday in the face of a backlash from leaders angry at his diplomatic recognition of Libya's opposition council, arguing that working with the rebels was urgent to avoid turning Libya into a failed state.

Libyan fighters take up a position with an anti aircraft weapon on the border of the eastern town of Brega, Libya Friday, March 11, 2011.

Libyan rebels manning an anti aircraft machine gun are positioned next to oil storage containers on the outskirts of the eastern town of Brega, Libya  Friday, March 11, 2011. French President Nicolas Sarkozy remained unrepentant Friday in the face of a backlash from leaders angry at his diplomatic recognition of Libya's opposition council, arguing that working with the rebels was urgent to avoid turning Libya into a failed state.

Two Libyan rebels man an anti aircraft weapon on the border of the eastern town of Brega, Libya  Friday, March 11, 2011. French President Nicolas Sarkozy remained unrepentant Friday in the face of a backlash from leaders angry at his diplomatic recognition of Libya's opposition council, arguing that working with the rebels was urgent to avoid turning Libya into a failed state.

Two Libyan rebels man an anti aircraft weapon on the border of the eastern town of Brega, Libya Friday, March 11, 2011.

Ribuan Pejuang dari Benghazi Telah Dihantar Ke Ras Lanuf Untuk Berdepan Dengan Tentera Gaddafi

Gaddafi jets bomb civilians in Ras Lanuf

Troops loyal to embattled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi have reportedly targeted residential areas in cities under the control of opposition forces.

Warplanes reportedly bombed a refinery and residential houses in the eastern oil-rich city of Ras Lanuf on Friday.

Gaddafi’s troops are preventing ambulances from entering the cities and taking the injured to hospitals.

Several people were killed and dozens were wounded in similar air strikes in Ras Lanuf and Brega on Thursday.

Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, has labeled revolutionary forces as “former Guantanamo inmates.”

He said the current unrest in Libya is a military coup attempt. On Thursday, Seif al-Islam called the anti-government forces “terrorists” and promised a full-scale offensive against them.

Meanwhile, revolutionary forces in Benghazi have sent reinforcements to Ras Lanuf to counter a major offensive by Gaddafi’s loyalists.

Thousands of Libyans have taken to the streets in Benghazi against the long-time rule of Colonel Gaddafi after the Friday Prayers.

Benghazi’s Friday Prayers Imam called on the protesters to continue fighting until Gaddafi’s ouster.

The city is no longer under Gaddafi’s control. Benghazi is known as the capital of Libya’s revolution and is home to the interim Transitional National Council.

The 30-member body was established in the city by revolutionary forces following the liberation of several eastern cities.

The council, headed by Libya’s former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, plans to lead the country to an election.

Jalil was among the first high-profile Libyan figures to join protesters following the Gaddafi regime’s brutal crackdown on the opposition.

The latest report published by the Libyan Human Rights League says a brutal crackdown by the regime on opposition protests that began two weeks ago has left an estimated 6,000 people dead so far.

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