Libya's Escalating Conflict

As Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi launches a new "diplomatic offensive," sending envoys to meet with European Union officials and the Egyptian military, forces loyal to him have gained ground in their fight with rebels, pounding them with air attacks and recapturing a number of towns. Today, a fuel-storage facility near the port town of Ras Lanuf is in flames after it was reportedly struck during air raids, while rebels on the ground fought back against Libyan jets. Photojournalists in Libya have captured dramatic images of the clashes over the past several days, as international officials continue to deliberate whether to enforce a No-Fly zone over the country.

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