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Libya - Sep 8, 2011 - 16:59

Last modified: 8 Sep 2011 13:59

National Transitional Council forces in Libya have taken the key Red Valley on the road to Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, an NTC military leader told the AFP news agency on Thursday.

"Our men took control of the Red Valley" at 2:45 pm (12:45GMT), Mustafa Bendaraf, an NTC commander on the front line, said of the region 60km east of Sirte.

The area was one of the main lines of defence by pro-Gaddafi troops.

Monitored radio communications between NTC forces also spoke of the Red Valley being taken.