The US will put no "boots on the ground" in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has reaffirmed in Congress, after reports emerged that President Obama has authorized covert CIA aid to rebels. The BBC's World Affairs Editor John Simpson is in Tripoli.
While the international community considers how to intervene in Libya, violence continues to escalate in the country. Much of the heavy fighting has been taking place in the the oil rich-city of Ras Lanuf, where the BBC's John Simpson has the latest.
Rebel forces are continuing their fight for freedom in Libya even while the Gadhafi regime strikes back with heavy force. Tuesday, pr-government forces have been advancing on the oil port of Ras Lanuf. The BBC's John Simpson reports.
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