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Kim Sengupta: Libya's most Muslim city leads the charge

Gaddafi claims Darnah's fighters tied to al-Qa'ida

Kim Sengupta in Sirte

Published 30/03/2011 | 05:00

A Libyan rebel fighter waves a bracelet captured from a foreigner fighting with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's troops yesterday outside Bin Jawaad, almost 100 miles east of Sirte
A Libyan rebel fighter waves a bracelet captured from a foreigner fighting with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's troops yesterday outside Bin Jawaad, almost 100 miles east of Sirte

This was our Abu Ghraib, only worse. So many families lost someone. There has been a sense of anger, which has never gone

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After getting so close to their goal -- the city of Sirte, the birthplace of Muammar Gaddafi and a key staging post to Tripoli -- the rebels of Libya retreated 100 miles yesterday. Some commanders, bitterly disappointed, were becoming resigned to accepting that victory may not be possible after all; and the time may have come to consider a ceasefire.

But one group of fighters, calling themselves the Mujahedin, was vocal in their condemnation of such pessimism. To cries of "Allah hu Akbar" they charged forward towards enemy fire, exhorting others to follow. The men from Darnah were once again in the lead, as they have been in so many of the recent battles.

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