NATO ships began patrol off Libya's coast Wednesday as airstrikes, missiles and eager rebels compulsory Moammar Gadhafi's tanks to roll back from two key western cities, as well as one that was the place of birth of army officers who tried to conquer him in 1993.
Libya's antagonism took haphazard steps to form a government in the east, as they and the U.S.-led force defensive them girded for prolonged and costly fighting. In spite of incompetence among the rebels — and bewilderment over who would in the end run the international process — partnership airstrikes and missiles seemed to frustrate Gadhafi's efforts to rout his enemies, at least for now.
Anti-aircraft fire lit up the sky in Tripoli late Wednesday, and detonation could be heard.
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