Rebels deploy around strategic Libyan oil port

New Libyan rebel recruits stand in formation during a training session after signing up with the forces against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi at a training base in Benghazi, eastern Libya, on Thursday March 3, 2011. Rebel forces routed troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in a fierce battle over an oil port Wednesday, scrambling over the dunes of a Mediterranean beach through shelling and an airstrike to corner their attackers. While they thwarted the regime's first counteroffensive in eastern Libya, opposition leaders still pleaded for outside airstrikes to help them oust the longtime leader. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

March 3, 2011 12:28:58 PM PST
Mutinous army units in pickup trucks armed with machine-guns and rocket launchers deployed around the strategic oil installation at Brega Thursday, a day after the opposition foiled an attempt by loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi to retake the port in rebel-held east Libya.