London Telegraph 
Sept 16, 2011
Libyan fighters said they had captured a valley leading to the centre of Bani Walid from Muammar Gaddafi’s forces on Friday.
The desert town of Bani Walid, 110 miles south of Tripoli, has been under siege for two weeks, with hundreds of die-hard Gaddafi loyalists concentrated at its centre.
Anti-Gaddafi fighter Talal Fernan said: “We have cleared the valley leading to the city centre,”. Other fighters confirmed his claims.
Hundreds of fighters loyal to Libya’s new rulers advanced on Muammar Gaddafi’s birthplace of Sirte on Friday, a Reuters witness said.
Scores of trucks mounted with machine guns and four tanks were also seen on the road leading into Gaddafi’s birthplace of Sirte today, according to a Reuters witness.