The struggle to overthrow Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi looks set to enter a crucial phase in the coming weeks, following a recent rebel victory in which the pro-democracy forces gained control of the last oil refinery west of the capital Tripoli.
Rebels are now reported to be closing in on the capital. They said yesterday that they had gained control of Ziltan - east of the capital - and Zawiyah to the west of Tripoli.
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