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Forces loyal to Libya's new government say they have taken one of Muammar Qaddafi's remaining strongholds.

A military spokesman for the National Transitional Council (NTC) said its forces had control of Sabha, some 800 kilometers south of the capital, Tripoli.

The UN nuclear agency said on September 22 that Qaddafi's government had stored raw uranium near Sabha, after CNN reported that NTC forces had found a military site containing what appeared to be radioactive material.

Despite the reported success in Sabha, NTC forces have failed to take the two much larger loyalist strongholds far to the north -- Bani Walid and Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte.