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SIRTE, Libya (AP) — Libyan revolutionary forces escalated offensives Friday into two key strongholds of Moammar Gadhafi’s rule, but met stiff resistance from snipers and loyalist gunners in Gadhafi’s hometown and a mountain enclave where a pro-regime radio station urged followers to fight to the end. The assault on Gadhafi’s Mediterranean birthplace of Sirte and the strategic mountain town of Bani Walid appeared to be a coordinated campaign to break the back of regime holdouts. The attacks came as powerful revolutionary backers from the West and Muslim world urged on the anti-Gadhafi forces.

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