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Libyan rebels advance on Sirte

Coalition air strikes beat back pro-Gadhafi forces


 

Rebels in Libya have advanced on Sirte after coalition air raids bombarded the city, a key strategic location that lies halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi, and is the hometown of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Celebratory gunfire erupted in Benghazi after unconfirmed rumours circulated the Sirte had fallen to the rebels. Meanwhile, pro-Gadhafi forces continue to shell the western city of Misrata, where eight people were killed and 26 wounded on Sunday. Qatar has formally recognized the rebel leadership, the Transitional National Council, as the official representatives of the Libyan people, making it the first Arab nation to do so. In Tripoli, four people were arrested after a woman, Iman al Obeidi, claimed she was raped and tortured by Gadhafi supporters after being abducted from the Rixos Hotel while speaking to foreign journalists.

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Libyan rebels advance on Sirte

  1. Would someone please remind me why we are there?

    Initially the suggestion was that the "West" would "level the field" by creating a no-fly zone. We were in fact taking sides in an internal civil dispute. Now that the no-fly zone has been established any further bombing is making our real motives clear. We are attempting to tip the "field" in favour of the rebels. We had no business being there in the first place and we should now bow out and let the Libyans determine their future.

    It is becoming evident that the "freedom fighters" or "protesters" we are supporting are the same Al Qeada backed "terrorists" that the USA was fighting in Iraq.

    We better be careful what we wish for!

  2. Would someone please remind me why we are there?

    Initially the suggestion was that the "West" would "level the field" by creating a no-fly zone. We were in fact taking sides in an internal civil dispute. Now that the no-fly zone has been established any further bombing is making our real motives clear. We are attempting to tip the "field" in favour of the rebels. We had no business being there in the first place and we should now bow out and let the Libyans determine their future.

    It is becoming evident that the "freedom fighters" or "protesters" we are supporting are the same Al Qeada backed "terrorists" that the USA was fighting in Iraq.

    We better be careful what we wish for!

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