Bishwa Nath Singh
It was reported that on the 30th of March 2011,Libyan rebels had fled in headlong retreat from the superior firepower and tactics of Muammar Gaddafi’s troops that , highlighted their weakness without western air strikes to tip the scales in their favor
( Photo of damages caused in Libya)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
The rapid reverse in some parts of Libya comes just two days after the rebels raced westwards along the all-important coastal road in hot pursuit of the Libyan Government Armed forces whose tanks and artillery were demolished in five days... of aerial bombardment in the town of Ajdabiya.Gaddafi’s army first ambushed the insurgents’ convoy of pick-up trucks outside the “brother leader’s” hometown of Sirte, then outflanked them through the desert, a maneuver requiring the sort of discipline entirely lacking in the rag-tag rebel force. The towns of Nawfaliyah, Bin Jawad and Ras Lanuf fell in quick succession to the lightning Government counter-strike.In town after town, Gaddafi’s forces have unleashed a fierce bombardment from tanks, artillery and truck-launched Grad rockets which has usually forced rebels to swiftly flee. “These are our weapons,” said rebel fighter Mohammed, pointing to his assault rifle. “We can’t fight Grads with them,” he said before joining the rush towards Brega.Without western air strikes, the rebels seem unable to make advances or even hold their positions against Gaddafi’s armour.The rebel forces lack training, discipline and leadership. There are many different groups of volunteers and decisions are often made only after heated arguments. When they advance it is often without proper reconnaissance or protection for their flanks. Their courage and enthusiasm notwithstanding, the insurgents tend to flee in disarray whenever Gaddafi forces start firing in a sustained way. “Whether they advance fifty km, or retreat fifty km it’s a big country as what they consider.. They will go back the next day,” rebel spokesman Mustafa Gheriani told reporters in the Opposition stronghold of Benghazi.This revolution really is only five weeks old. On the political front it is very organized,” he said. “Normally it takes six months to train a soldier ... We are talking about citizens who picked up guns to protect their homes.”A conference of forty Governments and international bodies agreed yesterday to press on with a Nato-led aerial bombardment of Libyan forces until Gaddafi complied with a UN resolution to end violence against civilians. The Pentagon said ON March 29,2011 that one hundred fifteen strike sorties had been flown against Gaddafi’s forces in the previous twenty four hours, and twenty two Tomahawk cruise missiles had been fired. Britain said two of its Tornado fighter-bombers had attacked a Government armored vehicle and two artillery pieces outside the city of Misrata. Libya’s official Press media had revealed that air strikes by forces of “the crusader colonial aggression” hit residential areas in the town of Garyan, about one hundred km south of Tripoli, on March 29,2011 as a result that several civilian buildings were destroyed and an unspecified number of people were wounded. Let us hope that the on-going crisis in Libya will come to halt soon!