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The Associated Press
Libyan rebels celebrate in the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Saturday, March 26, 2011. Libyan rebels regained control of the eastern gateway city of Ajdabiya on Saturday after international airstrikes crippled Moammar Gadhafi's forces, in the first major turnaround for an uprising that a week ago appeared on the verge of defeat. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says U.S.-led forces pounded Libyan ground troops and other targets along the Mediterranean coast and in the contested cities of Tripoli, Misrata and Ajdabiya in strikes overnight into Saturday.

The military assault helped Libyan rebels regain ground in the eastern city of Ajdabiya. That was the first major turnaround in the week-old operation.

President Barack Obama is citing significant progress in the military operation even as the U.S. gets ready to turn over portions of the mission to NATO control.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Darryn James, says there were no Tomahawk cruise missile strikes overnight.