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France24 - Are Gaddafi's forces inept or invincible?

So have the international community's predictions of Gaddafi's firepower been wrong all along?

Not quite, says Gary Li, of the Defence and Military Analysis Programme at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

"It's an open debate," said Li in a phone interview with FRANCE 24. "Gaddafi's forces have the advantage now as they have changed their methods. They started with airstrikes - with mixed success. What's happening now is his elite brigades are using the classic `creeping barrage' tactic of heavily shelling areas and gradually moving inwards. But as each side reaches the heartland of the other, both sides are finding it difficult to deal the fatal blow."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Mar 19th, 2011 at 03:20:48 AM EST
France24 - Are Gaddafi's forces inept or invincible?

Despite Libyan state TV claims that Misrata, the last big rebel stronghold in western Libya, had fallen on Wednesday, rebel spokesmen and residents on Thursday said rebels still controlled the strategic city.

Similarly, Libyan state media claims that Ajdabiya, a town east of Benghazi, had been seized from rebel control have also been refuted, with hospital officials telling reporters the city had witnessed heavy fighting, but still no surrender.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Mar 19th, 2011 at 03:21:18 AM EST
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"control" cities in anyway other than through massive slaughter and terror, as things stand?

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Mar 19th, 2011 at 02:57:09 PM EST
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Well it all depends on the rebel/loyalist ratio, most people are in the keeping their heads down group

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Mar 19th, 2011 at 03:10:03 PM EST
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