Bishwa Nath Singh
The tanks and rockets of Libyan Government pounded rebel forces into a panicked full retreat on March 29,2011 after an hours-long, back-and-forth battle that highlighted the superior might of Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, even hobbled by international airstrikes. As reported by Press media that no such strikes were launched during the fighting in Bin Jawaad, where rebels attempting to march on Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte ended up turning around and fleeing east under overcast skies
(Photo of tanks damaged in Libiya)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Libya, an oil-rich nation in North Africa, has been under the firm, if sometimes erratic, leadership of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi since he seized power in 1969. But in February 2011, the unrest sweeping through much of the Arab world erupted ...in several Libyan cities. Though it began with a relatively organized core of antigovernment opponents in Benghazi, its spread to the capital of Tripoli was swift and spontaneous. Colonel Qaddafi lashed out with a level of violence unseen in either of the other uprisings, but an inchoate opposition cobbled together the semblance of a transitional government, fielded a makeshift rebel army and portrayed itself to the West and Libyans as an alternative to Colonel Qaddafi's erratic control.The momentum had shifted quickly, however, and the rebels faced the possibilty of being outgunned and outnumbered in what increasingly looked like a mismatched civil war. As Colonel Qaddafi’s troops advanced to within 100 miles of Benghazi, the rebel stronghold in the west, the United Nations Security Council voted to authorize military action, a risky foreign intervention aimed at averting a bloody rout of the rebels by loyalist forces. On March 19, American and European forces began a broad campaign of strikes against Colonel Qaddafi and his government, unleashing warplanes and missiles in a military intervention on a scale not In his first major address since ordering American airstrikes, President Obama had defended the American-led military assault in Libya as reported by Press media on March 29,2011 saying it was in the national interest of the United States to stop a potential massacre and that the assault would be limited. An array of diplomats and public figures gathered in London to shape their political vision of a post-Qaddafi era. In Libya, rebels seeking the ouster of Colonel Quaddafi traded rocket fire with loyalist forces, who have blunted the insurgents’ westward advance. At the same time, American warplanes appeared to have opened a new line of attack on pro-Qaddafi forces, firing on three Libyan vessels off the contested western port of Misurata. Some fleeing rebels shouted, “Sarkozy, where are you?” — a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, one of the strongest supporters of international airstrikes.As reported by the Press that the world leaders in London had, debated how far they should go to force an end to Gaddafi’s 41-year autocratic rule. US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton said the world must speak with a single voice to ensure that the North African country “belongs not to a dictator, but to its people”.Rockets and tank fire sent Libya’s rebels in a panicked scramble away from the front lines. The Opposition was able to bring up truck-mounted rocket launchers of their own and return fire, but they went into full retreat after government shelling resumed.The two sides traded salvos over the hamlet of Bin Jawaad, now pockmarked with shrapnel and small arms fire. Rockets and artillery shells crashed On March 28,2011, American and European bombs battered Colonel Qaddafi's most important bastion of support in his tribal homeland of Surt, as rebels seeking his ouster capitalized on the damage from the Western airstrikes to erase their recent losses and return to the city’s doorstep. Their swift return, recapturing two important oil refineries and a strategic port within twenty hours, set the stage for a battle that could help decide the war.Let us wish and pray that Libya will witness good days ahead and crisis overpouring the nation will come to an halt soon!