Libyan rebels seized three key towns after more than a week of airstrikes by an international coalition.
On Friday, they recaptured the strategic town of Ajdabiya after coalition bombings weakened Qaddafi’s forces. The rebels then charged on to Brega and Ras Lanuf, sparsely populated petroleum centres, and took over the coastal town of Bin Jawwad.
NATO members agreed Sunday evening that the alliance would assume control of the international military campaign against Libya. It had earlier taken over from the US military in leading enforcement of an arms embargo and a no-fly zone.