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If they are contemplating ground strikes against the forces attacking Benghazi they will need Forward Air Controllers - as I mentioned earlier - with current target intelligence to direct the attacks.  They will want to first locate, target, and destroy anti-aircraft weaponry attached or integral to the ground forces around Benghazi, Zintan, Misurata, and along the supply lines.  

The regime started off with:

In 2009 the [International Institute for Strategic Studies] estimated that Libya had Crotale, SA-7 Grail, SA-9/SA-13 surface to air missiles, and AA guns in Army service. A separate Air Defence Command has SA-2, SA-3, SA-5 Gammon, and SA-8b Gecko, plus guns.

Reported anti aircraft artillery includes Soviet 57 mm S-60, 23 mm self-propelled ZSU-23-4 and ZU-23-2, Czech M53/59 Praga, and Swedish Bofors 40mm guns.

These are, mostly, outdated Warsaw Pact era equipment, in suspect operating condition and not all that effect against modern aircraft.  However, there is a lot of it and if enough junk is thrown into the sky they are bound to hit something, eventually.  

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by ATinNM on Sat Mar 19th, 2011 at 11:01:17 AM EST
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I think they've already gathered the intelligence.  I can't remember if ceebs posted it or not, but France was flying recon missions last night to game out its targets.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Mar 19th, 2011 at 11:03:04 AM EST
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