Nightly News | April 15, 2011
>>> we turn, however, overseas now to libya, where our own stephanie gosk today managed to push further toward the front line of fighting between those pro and anti- gadhafi forces. and she discovered a side of the anti- gadhafi rebel fighters we have not seen before. her report tonight from the front line of the fighting on the road to brega .
>> reporter: west offa ajdabiya the road stretches for miles with only the occasional reminder the war has moved back and forth here for weeks. rebel forces have advanced with help from nato air strikes . halfway to the oil town of brega , they group outside an abandoned gas station . but these are not just ragtag revolutionaries. here are units of professional soldiers who defected from gadhafi 's army when the uprising began. they say new, more advanced weaponry will be in their hands within days. we're at the last staging area before the front line . we haven't seen any of the new heavy weapon, but what we have seen are these new land cruiser pickup trucks. they tell us they have come from qatar.
>> reporter: the gulf nation of qatar has also supplied new boots and uniforms. commanders say the rebel fighters are now finally communicating better with nato. today they knew not to push forward any further. new air strikes were expected up the road. a career officer says professional soldiers have started to control some of the less predictable volunteers. the rebels are still excitable, but we are united with them, he says. we are all the army. during our interview, a new attack. and then this. gadhafi forces firing artillery. in the last few minutes they have come under attack. we're seeing something we haven't seen before. they're not running. with help from the front line , the rockets position and fire. there even appears to be battlefield strategy. commanders up front are sending orders to the launchers in the back. spotters on rooftops look for government forces. incoming shells keep dropping, but the line doesn't move. it is by no means a match for what they face up the road, but it now looks like this rebel army is doing better with what they have. stephanie gosk, nbc news, on the road to brega .