Rebels, Gadhafi forces battle over Libyan oil port

U.S. amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge sails through the Suez canal in Ismailia , Egypt, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Egyptian officials say two U.S. warships have entered the Suez Canal on their way to the Mediterranean, moving closer to the Libyan coast after orders from Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

March 2, 2011 7:04:32 AM PST
Regime opponents battled forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi who tried Wednesday to retake a key oil installation in a counteroffensive Wednesday against the rebel-held eastern half of the country. At one point in the flip-flopping battle, anti-Gadhafi fighters cornered the attackers in a nearby seaside university campus in fierce fighting that killed at least five.