Rebels retake Libya town, may seek foreign role

BENGHAZI, Libya Wed Mar 2, 2011 10:11am GMT

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BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Rebels are back in control of the eastern Libyan oil export terminal of Marsa el Brega and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi staged a "hit and run" attack on the nearby town of Ajdabiyah, a rebel coalition spokesman said on Wednesday.

"We are probably going to call for foreign help, probably air strikes at strategic locations that will put the nail in his (Gaddafi's) coffin," Mustafa Gheriani, a spokesman for the rebel February 17th Coalition, told Reuters.

"They tried to take Brega this morning, but they failed. It is back in the hands of the revolutionaries. He is trying to create all kinds of psychological warfare to keep these cities on edge," he said.

About Ajdabiyah, he said the town was " basically stable and our people are grouping to deal with any major assault. For now, it is still just hit and run."

(Reporting by Tom Pfeiffer, Writing by Edmund Blair in Cairo)

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