Rebels poised: Gadhafi loyalists desert

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BANI WALID, Libya – Rebels said Tuesday that they believed the residents of this regime stronghold would agree to surrender soon as a convoy of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists that included his security chief fled into neighboring Niger.

Bani Walid, a city of 70,000 about 90 miles southeast of Tripoli, is one of the few places in Libya still held by forces loyal to Gadhafi. Opposition fighters say they have given the city's tribal leaders until Saturday to lay down their arms or face a military assault.

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