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Rebel fighters look on anxiously after being pushed back to the town of Ben Jawad by heavy shelling and rocket fire from Gaddafi forces. Earlier that day the rebels had advanced, unchallanged to within 80km of the Gaddafi stronghold of Sirt. On 17 February 2011 Libya saw the beginnings of a revolution against the 41 year regime of Col Muammar Gaddafi.