Forces loyal to Moammar Qaddafi reportedly retreated from the besieged western city of Misrata April 23—as the US military confirmed the first strike by a Predator drone aircraft in Libya. “Misrata is free, the rebels have won,” rebel spokesman Gemal Salem told Reuters. “Of Qaddafi’s forces, some are killed and others are running away.” A US Defense Department statement confirming the drone strike did not say where the strike occurred. A spokesman for the rebels’ Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC) praised the deployment of the drones, while expressing skepticism on reports of a Qaddafi retreat. (VOA, DW-World, April 23)
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