A Look At Libya’s Sirte, Gadhafi Loyalists’ Last Stronghold

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Libya's provisional government fighters have gained control of Sirte, a move that could allow the National Transitional Council to say the country is fully liberated. Here are some facts about Sirte.

-Sirte is the hometown of former leader Moammar Gadhafi and has been a stronghold for his supporters.

-The coastal town is located about 360 kilometers east of Tripoli. It has about 100,000 residents.

-Sirte was a small fishing village, but after Mr. Gadhafi became Libya's leader in 1969, he began promoting it as a second capital.

-Sirte became Libya's only significant stronghold for Gadhafi loyalists on Monday, after NTC fighters gained control of the desert town of Bani Walid.

-NTC officials have said the capture of Sirte would allow them to declare the country liberated, because it would mean the provisional government controlled all of Libya's ports and harbors.

-NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jabril has said he will step down once Sirte is liberated.