Gadhafi artillery pounds rebels

Col. Moammar Gadhafi's troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major Libyan cities.

Libyan volunteers cheer as smoke rises from the oil port of Sirdra in the background, in the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Libyan volunteers cheer as smoke rises from the oil port of Sirdra in the background, in the eastern town of Ras Lanouf, Libya, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. A high-ranking member of the Libyan military flew to Cairo on Wednesday with a message for Egyptian army officials from Moammar Gadhafi, whose troops pounded opposition forces with artillery barrages and gunfire in at least two major cities. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

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