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The political upheaval that began in Bahrain and Egypt continues to spread across the Middle East. From Libya to Syria and Yeman — seemingly no country has been spared. Even ever-stable Jordan, a major U.S. ally, has had three months of demonstrations. Protesters and supporters of Jordan's King Abdullah II clashed in the capital of Amman last Thursday, leaving at least 35 injured.

NBC News correspondent Ron Allen is in Amman, Jordan. He reported from Egypt throughout the weeks of upheaval there and the final ousting of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. He answered reader questions about the upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa. 

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Video: Tattered flag marks divided Libyan city

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    >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian williams . for a seventh straight day the u.s. and the allies bombarded targets in libya, still trying to break the back of moammar gadhafi 's assault on rebel-held cities. the u.s. for its part says it's prepared to take a back seat, but exactly what the ultimate goal is and even who's in charge of this operation are still somewhat ill defined tonight. nato says it plans to take full command, but is still seeking consensus on a military strategy. in a moment we'll hear from the general in charge of u.s. forces there, but first to the ground where rebels are taking their own fight to gadhafi 's forces. today nbc's richard engel joined them at the front lines and comes to us now from benghazi. richard , good evening.

    >> reporter: good evening, lester . today we were actually able to go south and moving through the desert to go behind the rebels ' front line and enter the city of of ajdabiya and see fighting inside the city itself. through the desert behind the rebels ' front line , we follow a secret convoy to bring water and fuel to the people of ajdabiya , a rebel city still partially held by gadhafi 's forces. we reach ajdabiya 's eastern gate . it's controlled by rebels , and marked by a tattered flag. ajdabiya is mostly deserted, an urban war zone . shops are closed or destroyed. there's no power or running water . just fighting between the revolutionaries and gadhafi 's men, says this man. through a broken gate we enter his home. it was badly damaged by gadhafi 's troops. this is shrapnel, he says, from the tank round that hit his house and went right in this room. and the fighting isn't over. outside we hear gunfire. gadhafi 's troops are just a few blocks away. we see rebels running, advancing. firing behind a wall. there is street-to- street fighting here in ajdabiya . we're taking cover behind a bus, as the rebels are trying to push out gadhafi forces that still hold large pockets of this city. the rebels reload in the middle of the street. it's hard to know where the bullets are coming from. open intersections are especially exposed. so we run through them. they say there are snipers on the road, so you have to go from cover to cover . the rebels advance, they reload, they hide behind whatever wall they can find, and then they push forward . the rebels remain poorly armed, but highly motivated. our goal is to free this city and all of libya from tyranny, said one fighter. as we leave ajdabiya , we see hundreds more rebels pouring in. they're confident because now they're getting help from above. this gun camera shows a british warplane launching devastating attacks on gadhafi 's tanks near ajdabiya . with air power and reinforcements, the rebels hope to capture ajdabiya within days. ajdabiya is significant, lester , because if the rebels can take it, it will be the first real sign of progress by the rebels since the western air campaign began.

    >> richard , we've heard these rebels described as rag-tag armies. are they beginning to operate as units? are they getting better weapons?

    >> reporter: the learning curve is very high. today we saw the rebels actually using some tactics. they have started to camouflage their vehicles using sand and mud so they're not as exposed. they are, according to the rebels , getting some new weapons and we even saw some multiple rocket launchers on the edge of the city for the first time. so, yes, they are learning, lester .

    >> richard engel in benghazi for us, tonight, richard , at that thank you.


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