Libyan government forces are advancing towards the oil port of Ras Lanuf, checking the rebels' westward progress.
The town of Bin Jawad, 60km (40 miles) from Ras Lanuf, has now fallen to forces loyal to Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.
The BBC's John Simpson analyses conflicting reports on who is winning the Libyan conflict.
Professor Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute, and Oliver Miles, former UK ambassador to Libya, consider what British policy in Libya should now be.
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