ANN News Desk
From Alliance News HQ in Vancouver
December 11, 2197
Rebels Capture Capital
By Iris Dunnigan
PROGRESS, THEOCRACY OF LIBERTAS – Twenty-four hours ago, a wave of attacks on several police stations and militia garrisons kicked off the final battle in the months long civil war in the human colony of Libertas. Multiple police commands defected to the rebels in the early hours of December 10, followed by intense street fighting across the the city of Progress. However, these events caught the rebel forces outside by surprise, as they were slow to respond to the events within the city’s limits. The first wave of rebel reinforcements came by air, but heavy anti-aircraft fire from neighborhoods controlled by loyalist prevent a second wave of reinforcements. Rebel forces attempted to move forces by land, but loyalist forces stationed in the perimeter sprung an ambush on the armored column as it passed through the outer line of berms. The loyalist destroyed several M29 Grizzlies before the attackers extricated themselves from the ambush.
It was not until the early afternoon of the 10th that rebel forces inside the city attacked a section of the barrier along the highway 19 that runs from the city southwest in the direction of the Cain Fields industrial area. The defense collapsed after after forty-five minutes of intense attack from within and without. With the defenses breached along the southwest axis, a second column of armor, supported by attack gunships sped into the city and drove straight to the Capitol Sector, the center of the loyalist control of the colony. By nightfall the rebel claimed to have captured the Capitol Sector and declared the city secured although sporadic gunfire continued through out the night.
The new provisional government has pledged to sign the Systems Alliance charter as soon as possible and called on the Citadel Council to send peacekeeping forces as soon as available.