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Libyan rebels retreat as government bombs explode around them on the front line of the battle.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Moore / Getty Images

Libyan rebels fire on government forces on the front line. Rebels lost territory as troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi pushed them back.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Moore / Getty Images

Rebel fighters try to avoid flying shrapnel during heavy shelling by forces loyal to Kadafi. Rebels regrouped and advanced on Bin Jawwad after being ambushed by government forces and forced from the city earlier in the day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

A Libyan rebel is carried to an ambulance after being wounded in a battle with government troops.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Moore / Getty Images

Libyan field medics try to reach wounded rebel fighters on the battlefield.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Roberto Schmidt / AFP

An ambulance rushes wounded rebel fighters past a checkpoint.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A rebel fighter exhorts comrades at a checkpoint as they assemble before moving to the front lines. "Your brothers are fighting and they need you," he said. "Why are you all just sitting here?"

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Rebel fighters fire pickup truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns at government forces.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A rebel fighter readies his weapon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A helmeted rebel fighter guards a checkpoint.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A man with a rebel flag shouts at passing motorists to join the fight against forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Rebel fighter reinforcements jump into the back of a truck to head for the front line to join the battle against pro-Kadafi forces.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

An image of rebel forces is fragmented by a shattered window as they regroup and resupply at a checkpoint.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Rebel fighters check for the names of the dead and wounded on lists taped to the window of a hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Crowds attend a pro-regime rally after reports of gains in Misurata and Zawiya. One reveler, asked why he was celebrating, said, "I don't know." It became clear that many there were members of Moammar Kadafi's security forces and their families.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Pro-Kadafi Libyans celebrate in Tripoli's Green Square after being told of military gains outside the capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The driver of a bus bearing posters of Moammar Kadafi joins the celebration of government forces' gains.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Libyan rebels occupy the town of Bin Jawwad, about 250 miles west of Benghazi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Libyan rebels convoy toward the desert town of Bin Jawwad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Libyan rebels occupy the town of Bin Jawwad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A young Libyan rebel shoulders a bandolier of anti-aircraft ammunition, but is armed only with a rusty shotgun as he rides into the town of Bin Jawwad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A Libyan rebel with a rocket-propelled grenade sets up in the town of Bin Jawwad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Aside from rocket-propelled grenades, vintage anti-aircraft artillery and recoil-less rifles, the Libyan rebels are lightly armed and poorly equipped. They are an undisciplined force prone to wasting ammunition by randomly shooting their weapons into the air.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Libyan rebels stab and tear at a banner bearing the likeness of dictator Moammar Kadafi as they occupy the town of Bin Jawwad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A rebel fighter fires a cannon during a battle Friday near Ras Lanuf.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GORAN TOMASEVIC / Reuters

A rebel fighter hits the ground to avoid shelling by soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GORAN TOMASEVIC / Reuters

A rebel fighter fires an anti-aircraft gun.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GORAN TOMASEVIC / Reuters

A rebel fighter takes cover from shelling Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GORAN TOMASEVIC / Reuters

Libyan rebel fighters fire in the air on their way to fight loyalist forces.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP

Anti-Kadafi protesters run from tear gas as police tried to disperse a demonstration in the Tajoura district of eastern Tripoli on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Curtis / Associated Press

Anti-Kadafi demonstrators join Friday prayers in the rain at the public square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated Press

Rebel recruits gather for a show of solidarity at a public square along the waterfront.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A man with a microphone appeals for donations to the rebel cause at the city courthouse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Residents jump on trucks and cheer as a convoy of food supplies arrives from Egypt.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Women walk to Friday prayers being held in a public square in the city center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

African guest workers gather at a refugee center at the harbor. Human Rights Watch representatives said that Africans trying to flee the unrest have been denied access to ships ferrying refugees to Europe. In addition, dark-skinned people — including black Libyans — have been the frequent target of violence in recent weeks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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Opposition forces trying to reach Surt, the hometown of Moammar Kadafi, were forced to retreat to the desert outpost of Ras Lanuf after a ground and air assault by Kadafi loyalists. Violence reportedly continued in cities across the Libyan coast, from Zawiya in the west to Benghazi in the east. Meanwhile, in Tripoli, Kadafi supporters rallied in Green Square after being told of military gains outside the capital.

Read David Zucchino’s dispatch from Ras Lanuf.



3 Comments

  1. March 6, 2011, 5:59 pm

    wow!

    By: Manny
  2. March 7, 2011, 5:33 am

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  3. April 29, 2011, 7:34 am

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