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Libyan military forces have made a series of sweeping gains against the armed insurgency of pro-Western rebel forces, and are expected to force the rebels to retreat from their stronghold in the eastern city of Benghazi later this week.
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March 15 - Libyan military forces have reportedly closed in on armed militants inside the capitol city Tripoli, and have reclaimed control over several coastal territories previously held by the rebels.

Experts and military analysts now predict that it's only a matter of time before the rebels are pushed from their base in the eastern city of Benghazi.

A number of security analysts appeared in Western media Tuesday to assess the situation, offering grim predictions for the ill-fated rebellion that sought to undermine Libya's revolutionary regime under Leader Moammar Gaddafi.

Rebel military commanders have also begun to concede their inevitable defeat in light of the overwhelming show of force by the Libyan people committed to the revolutionary leadership of the Libyan leader.

"The battle is lost. Gaddafi is throwing everything against us," an embittered General Suleiman told the Reuters news agency.

The success of the government and pro-Gaddafi forces against rebel militants has helped mitigate fears that the country would be overrun by pro-Western forces who would open up Libya's vast oil reserves to Western economic interests.

However, the question remains whether or not the United States and its NATO allies will be initiate military action against the Libyan people in order to stake a claim in the country's economic and political future. Earlier this week, Washington joined London and Paris in supporting a draft UN resolution to impose a strict "no fly zone" over Libya. A vote on the motion is expected to take place later this week.

Sources: Malta Times, Al-Jazeera, Reuters