Libyan rebels captured two towns just outside Tripoli yesterday, and are preparing to march north toward the capital city, according to Reuters.The towns, Al-Qawalish and Kikla, were taken from forces loyal to Moammar Qaddafi in a six-hour battle that began at dawn on Wednesday among groves of olive, almond, and fig trees.
The capture of Al-Qawalish, 31 miles south of Tripoli, puts the rebels in a good position to take the next town, Garyan, which would give them access to the main highway into the capital.
Another group of rebels yesterday advanced 12 miles west from the city of Misrata, one of the largest single pushes in the war so far, leaving them almost 100 miles from Tripoli.
Meanwhile, rumours abound that Qaddafi is considering a deal to step down. Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim told Reuters that a solution could possibly be found before Ramadan begins in August, without specifying what the terms of a deal might be.
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