Libyan rebels reseize city with help of international airstrikes


AJDABIYA, Libya (AP)

Libyan rebels clinched their hold on the east and seized back a key city on today after decisive international airstrikes sent Moammar Gadhafi's forces into retreat, shedding their uniforms and ammunition as they fled.

Ajdabiya's initial loss to Gadhafi may have ultimately been what saved the rebels from imminent defeat, propelling the U.S. and its allies to swiftly pull together the air campaign now crippling Gadhafi's military.

Its recapture gives President Barack Obama a tangible victory just as he faces criticism for bringing the United States into yet another war.

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