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Reports the runway lights at French airbases on the island of Corsica have been turned on.

This is done to prep the runways for flight operations.

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by ATinNM on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:06:52 PM EST
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I'm guessing Benghazi is about an hour, maybe an hour and a half from Corsica.

If Gaddafi's going straight for Benghazi, I suspect France and Britain will be moving on him soon.

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:17:47 PM EST
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Where are you seeing those reports, btw?

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:18:28 PM EST
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#feb17 twitter channel on Google, look for ShababLibya, ChangeInLibya, and iyad_elbaghdadi (although he is AFC, right now.)

Feb17 website.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:25:36 PM EST
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The Guardian's Live Blog is also good.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:27:37 PM EST
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Well, I hope that's why they've lit up the runways, because Gaddafi's people are awfully close to Benghazi, and they've apparently been slaughtering people in cities on the way.

Now or never, fellas.

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:33:21 PM EST
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The air forces are in a bind.  I don't know what, if any, aerial intelligence the strike packages have.  If the Gaddafi forces are in contact with the revolutionaries it's going to be very difficult for the air assets to attack.  Unless they have really good intelligence there is a high risk of hitting revolutionary units.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:37:27 PM EST
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True, but that's the kind of thing they're paid to deal with. :)

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:42:27 PM EST
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Yup.  That's what forward air controllers are for.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:52:31 PM EST
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I suspect they've been building that kind of intelligence for days now, and surely they anticipated Gaddafi trying to move on Benghazi before Sunday.

Plus, unlike the US and Britain, the French have an intelligence agency which, from what I've read, doesn't have its head up its ass.

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Mar 18th, 2011 at 04:46:20 PM EST
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