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Libya documents show Gadhafi’s ties to CIA

Rebel fighters have started closing in on one of Moammar Gadhafi’s last strongholds, the town of Bani Walid.

Libyan youths stroll in the streets of Tripoli, Libya, Saturday.

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TRIPOLI, Libya — The CIA worked closely with Moammar Gadhafi’s intelligence services in the rendition of terror suspects to Libya for interrogation, according to documents seen Saturday by the AP, cooperation that could spark tensions between Washington and Libya’s new rulers.

The CIA was among a number of foreign intelligence services that worked with Libya’s agencies, according to documents found at a Libyan security agency building in Tripoli.

The discovery came as the Libyan rebels said they would surround pro-Gadhafi cities until the Sept. 10 deadline for their surrender.

Rebel fighters have started closing in on one of Moammar Gadhafi’s last strongholds, the town of Bani Walid, without encountering resistance.

Despite Saturday’s push forward, rebel officials say they’re still trying to persuade tribal elders in Bani Walid to surrender without a fight.

Reporters traveling with the rebels approaching from the north advanced to within six miles of the town, which sits between Tripoli and Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte.

A local rebel official, Abdel-Baset Naama, says rebels also moved closer to the town from the west. Gadhafi is on the run, and some officials have speculated he is in Bani Walid.

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