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    Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’

    “The international community has failed us.” — Ahmed Omar, a rebel army commander

    The reward for a failed rebellion will all too soon be levied upon the Libyan heroes of 2011 even as the world watches. Prepare yourselves.

    Excerpted from “Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’” By Ola Galal, Bloomberg, Mar 15, 2011 4:58 PM PT
    Muammar Qaddafi set his sights on Benghazi as his forces moved into the gateway city of Ajdabiya, 100 miles from the rebel capital, and prospects faded for a NATO-led no-fly zone to hinder their advance.

    The embattled Libyan dictator, appearing with small group of supporters on state-run television, vowed to fight rebel “rats” and said “we are going to destroy them.” In Benghazi, hundreds of his opponents, watching the broadcast projected on the side of a building, jeered and threw shoes in disrespect, according to a live video feed shown by al-Jazeera.

    The Libyan army is “coming to secure Benghazi,” state-run television said. Pro-Qaddafi forces attacked on two sides of Ajdabiya using airstrikes and artillery, forcing out-gunned rebels and civilians to flee ahead of troops in tanks and personnel carriers, the Associated Press reported. There were conflicting reports on who controlled the city after nightfall. …
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    Re: Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’

    The rebels are still getting lots of high-value defections from Gaddafi's army, and there is serious chatter that Egypt may invade Libya to help the rebels depose Gaddafi. Although the last few days have seen some setbacks for the rebels, I don't think this is over yet, and the momentum may already be swinging back to the rebels.
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    Re: Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’

    Rumor on Twitter has it that a few hours ago a pilot defected, and kamikazed his plane into the Gaddafi compound. One of Gaddafi's sons, Khamis, is reported to be in critical condition.

    EDIT: Saadi Gadaffi also reported to be hospitalized for burns.
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    Re: Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’

    Tanks and artillery can still move under a no fly zone, and tanks and artillery are a force a bunch of angry men with AK-47s, old shotguns, sticks and stones can't face down.

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    Re: Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’

    If Obama was not going to help the Rebels ha should have kept his damn mouth shut.

    Now the death to;; is going to huge in the end without some kind of outside support.

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    Re: Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    If Obama was not going to help the Rebels ha should have kept his damn mouth shut.

    Now the death to;; is going to huge in the end without some kind of outside support.
    So all those times you criticized him for not speaking out sooner was just for laughs?

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    Re: Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    “The international community has failed us.” — Ahmed Omar, a rebel army commander

    The reward for a failed rebellion will all too soon be levied upon the Libyan heroes of 2011 even as the world watches. Prepare yourselves.
    This is the MSM forum, you're suppose to include commentary.
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    Re: Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    The rebels are still getting lots of high-value defections from Gaddafi's army, and there is serious chatter that Egypt may invade Libya to help the rebels depose Gaddafi. Although the last few days have seen some setbacks for the rebels, I don't think this is over yet, and the momentum may already be swinging back to the rebels.
    Both sides have engaged in massive disinformation. Egypt, which is undergoing a delicate political transition, is not going to intervene militarily in Libya, except if some limited operations might be required to rescue Egyptians. The Arab League, with large interests, chose a hollow declaration to which it won't commit even a single air asset. It won't do so, almost certainly because it recognizes that the revolution is not broadly supported and what follows, should it succeed, might be chaos that could well spill into neighboring countries, some of which are undergoing their own political transitions and are more fragile than usual.

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    Re: Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’

    According to lots of people on Twitter (no confirmation from any reliable media source yet), there have been massive defections from the Khamis Brigade today as rumors spread across Libya that Khamis Gaddafi is in critical condition following a kamikaze attack on the Gaddafi compound.
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    Re: Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    According to lots of people on Twitter (no confirmation from any reliable media source yet), there have been massive defections from the Khamis Brigade today as rumors spread across Libya that Khamis Gaddafi is in critical condition following a kamikaze attack on the Gaddafi compound.
    I have read those rumors. While I hope that at least some of them are accurate, the sad reality is that a large number of rumors, especially in recent days, have been far off the mark.

    For example, even descriptions of victory at Ajdabiya should be taken with a large grain of salt when one takes into consideration the Gadhafi forces' tactics. As one saw at Zawiya, Gadhafi's forces penetrate a city, draw fire, engage in skirmishes/bombardment, then withdraw. They repeat those tactics and, in effect, carry out a war of attrition for those cities until the resistance has effectively been neutralized. The lives of the city's residents are of little consequence to Gadhafi's forces. Very likely, that's what happened at Ajdabiya yesterday. Some of Gadhafi's forces entered the city, engaged in fighting, and then withdrew by evening. More than likely, the same tactic will be repeated today, unless Gadhafi's forces try to accelerate their push toward Benghazi.

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