TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Revolutionary forces say they have gained control of the airport and other locations near the southern pro-Gadhafi stronghold of Sabha.
The capture of the desert city would be a major victory for Libya's new rulers, who have struggled to rout forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi a month after sweeping into Tripoli and forcing the ousted leader into hiding.
A military spokesman for Libya's transitional government, Ahmed Bani, says fighters have captured Sabha's airport and an old fort near the city, deep in the Sahara Desert.
A spokesman for Sabha's local council, Salam Kara, confirms that, saying "the rebels have control all of the vital points in Sabha."
Anti-Gadhafi forces also face fierce resistance in Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte and the mountain enclave of Bani Walid.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)