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Gadhafi offensive kills 10
TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, increasingly cornered under a stunning upturn in NATO airstrikes, lashed back with renewed shelling of the western city of Misrata Wednesday, killing 10 rebel fighters.
The international alliance said it remained determined to keep pounding Gadhafi forces from the air, but would play no military role in the transition to democratic rule in oil-rich North African country once the erratic leader's 42-year rule was ended.
In Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Gadhafi's days in power were clearly numbered, making it imperative for the international community, the United Nations in particular, to gear up to help Libyans establish a new form of government.
"For Gadhafi, it is no longer a question of if he goes but when he goes," Fogh Rasmussen said at a meeting of the defence ministers from the 28 members of the North Atlantic military alliance. "We do not see a lead role for NATO in Libya once this crisis is over."
The Libyan rebels, too, have made it clear they have no appetite to see alliance ground forces in the country once the conflict is finished.
Syrian troops head north
BEIRUT — Thousands of elite troops led by Syrian President Bashar Assad's brother converged Wednesday on a restive northern area, and neighbouring villages warned that the convoys of tanks were approaching, a resident and a Syrian activist said.
Syrian forces have lost control of large areas of the northern province, a pro-government paper reported, in a rare acknowledgment of cracks in the regime's grip after weeks of protest calling for an end to its 40-year rule.
The separate reports raised the prospect of more bloodshed in Syria's nationwide crackdown on the 11-week revolt. The region borders Turkey, which said Wednesday it would open the border to Syrians fleeing violence.
European nations seeking to increase pressure on Assad's regime presented a revised resolution to the United Nations on Wednesday condemning Syria for its deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters. Britain, France, Germany and Portugal introduced the new text at a closed Security Council meeting in New York.
Yemeni rebels hold city
SANAA, Yemen — Armed opposition tribesmen have seized control of part of Yemen's second-largest city, security officials said Wednesday, illustrating the breakdown of authority in the country amid a potentially explosive deadlock in the capital.
With the wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of the country for treatment, the United States, Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni opposition are pressing for a formal end to his rule and the formation of a new government. But so far there's been little response from Saleh's ruling party, and his allies appear to be digging in, insisting the president will return soon.
That has left Sanaa locked in an uneasy ceasefire between government forces and opposition tribesmen barricaded in their positions after two weeks of heavy battles between them killed dozens. On Wednesday, tribesmen collected 10 more bodies of their fallen fighters from the streets of their main stronghold, Sanaa's Hassaba district, where most of the battles took place, a tribal spokesman said.
— from the news services