By Nancy A. Youssef
Even before forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi took back the oil-rich towns of Brega, Ras Lanouf and Zawiya, and before they allegedly assassinated a correspondent for al Jazeera, someone in the government turned on cell phone text messaging services just long enough to remind at least one rebel here of their reach.
"Soon," read the ominous one-word message, whose source could only have been the government, since no one else has been allowed to send text messages since the revolt here began.
That message hit home Monday as Gadhafi's forces dropped bombs on the city of Ajdabiya, 100 miles to the south and the last city still in rebel hands between Gadhafi's forces and this rebel capital.
But the battle for Ajdabiya won't be an easy one. Ras Lanouf and Brega are little more than subdivisions erected in the 1980s to house oil workers. No one is from Ras Lanouf or Brega, and when the fighting came there, residents quickly fled.
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