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LIBYA: NATO and rebel forces attack Kadafi hometown

August 26, 2011 | 12:31 pm

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NATO and rebel forces attacked holdout forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi in the capital and Kadafi's hometown of Surt to the east on Friday.

British warplanes pounded a “large headquarters bunker" overnight in Surt, British Defense Ministry officials told CNN on Friday. Tornado aircraft also fired precision-guided missiles into the city, which lies on Libya's central coast.

The ministry said Tornado and Typhoon jets had destroyed a loyalist-held command-and-control site in the Tripoli area Thursday.

Rebels said they controlled the airport outside Tripoli, but appeared to be struggling to secure an area east of it held by Kadafi loyalists, CNN reported.

Kadafi forces have been shelling the airport from a village to the east. A CNN team watched Friday as loyalists resumed mortar and Grad rocket shelling and a plane caught fire.

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-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Rebel fighters at Tripoli International Airport outside the capital on Friday. Credit: Sergey Ponomarev/Associated Press.

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