Today has been a big day for Libya in both fighting on the ground and international and domestic policy debates. Rebels today advanced in Misrata, taking the town's airport, but Muammar Qaddafi's forces continue to hold most of the western part of the country. Meanwhile, NATO air assaults continue even as decision-makers in the United Nations and the U.S. Congress seek to end Western involvment. Here's a snapshot of what's happening vis-a-vis Libya, on the ground and in the halls of power.
The Battle for Misrata: In Misrata, which has been largely under rebel control and under siege by government forces for weeks, rebels appear to have taken the government-held airport. The BBC reports that the airport fell today "after hours of fighting between rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces overnight." The New York Times' C.J. Chivers is also reporting that the rebels are have seized the airport. He notes that gaining control of the facility "would be one of the most significant rebel victories in the Libyan conflict."
Death Squad in Benghazi? A report in the Times today raised the specter of a death squad carrying out revenge killings in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, in the country's east. Rebel leaders have denied that their security forces had anything to do with the attacks. Reporter Kareem Fahim writes that "prosecutors here say they are investigating at least four attacks, including another murder in March, and they are exploring the possible involvement of Islamists who were imprisoned by the Qaddafi government and are now settling old scores."