Libyan rebels have been forced to make a rapid retreat from Sirte in the face of Muammar Gaddafi’s better armed and better organised troops.
The fortunes of war keep changing. The crucial factor is allied air strikes. Without them, the rebels seem unable to make advances or even hold positions.
The rebel advance westward got within 80 km of the Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte when they were pushed back even beyond Bin Jawad.