Foreign Policy: PhotoEssay of Libya’s Ragtag Revolutionaries

A rebel fighter wearing Libya’s pre-Qaddafi national flag as a cape flashes the “victory” sign at an air force fighter jet flying over a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on March 7.

A Libyan rebel fighter shouts from his anti-aircraft machine gun position as he sees a government fighter jet flying over a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on March 6. Ras Lanuf, the site of an important oil refinery some 400 miles east of Tripoli, was captured by rebels over the weekend but has since come under sustained assault from pro-government forces.

Rebels pray while battling government troops on the Bin Jawad front line on March 6.

Rebel fighters take cover as bombs dropped by an air force fighter jet explode near a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on March 7.

Rebels celebrate near an unexploded bomb dropped minutes before by a fighter jet at the entrance to Ras Lanuf on March 6. Libyan state television claimed that the town had been recaptured by leader Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi’s loyalist forces, but as of March 7, it still appeared to be in rebel hands.


A rebel fighter mans a checkpoint in Ras Lanuf on March 5.


Rebel fighters man their anti-aircraft guns in Ras Lanuf on March 6.


A  rebel fighter holding a rocket-propelled grenade launcher yells to his comrades after spotting a fighter jet near Ras Lanuf on March 6.

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