Bishwa Nath Singh
In Libya, the opposition forces backed by western air strikes are rapidly advancing westwards having recovered from the Pro-Gadaffi forces, major strategic oil towns along the coast The opposition-militia has re-taken two major oil towns — Brega, which has an oil export terminal, and, Ras Lanuf, well-known for its refinery. The opposition has occupied both Brega and Ras Lanuf, apparently without a serious fight. As reported by the Press media that in Ras Lanuf, Libyan Government forces have pulled back with their heavy armor and artillery.
( Photo of Libya's scene of burning)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
The Anti- Gadaffi forces have recovered ammunition and lighter weapons in the town. From Ajdabiyah, the fluid frontline has now shifted to Bin Jawad, where two dozen opposition vehicles were seen heading towards to the town centreAnalys...ts retreats that Libyan Government forces may now be digging in deeper at Gadaffi’s home base of Sirte, further to the west. The city is of vital importance, for the fall of Sirte opens the door towards capital Tripoli. However, western forces would find it hard to justify under the U.N. mandate, air strikes in Sirte. Unlike Ajdabiyah, where pro-Gadaffi forces were threatening the safety of civilians, regime forces in Sirte were likely to be surrounded by supporters, and in all likelihood, may not be threatening civilian lives. The Libyan Government forces continue to hold Misurata, Libya's third largest city, further to the west of Sirte. However, intense aerial bombardment there has silenced tanks and artillery guns, which had, earlier, been heavily shelling the city from its outskirts.Signalling that the opposition's sweeping military gains may not be permanent; Libya's Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid Kaim said at a Tripoli press conference that Libyan Government troops had staged a tactical pullback.He accused the West of trying to push the country to the brink of a civil war analysts point out that with western air strikes so far largely neutralizing Gadaffi’s heavy weaponry, the opposition militia, notwithstanding its poor training and discipline, now stands a better chance to advance. A day after the town's takeover by the opposition, the decisive impact of the preceding air strikes on Friday the 25th of March 2011 in the battle for Ajdabiyah has become evident. Eyewitnesses had reported six regime tanks wrecked by the strikes along one of the entrances to Ajdabiyah. Opposition fighters said once the regime's heavy armor was eliminated, it was followed by bitter fighting that spilled well into the night. While air strikes proved decisive, it remains unclear, in the fog of war, whether western strikes managed to entirely evade all civilian targets, especially since the Gadaffi’s regime had been earlier accused of embedding its tanks within population centres. On Saturday, the26th of March 2011,the western fighter jets also targeted the road from Ajdabiyah leading in the direction of Sirte.In Tripoli, Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said on Saturday ,the 26th of March 2011 that western strikes had not discriminated between soldiers and civilians. Anti- Gadaffi forces had in Ajdabiyah, reportedly seized, General Bilgasim Al-Ganga, one of Gadaffi’s top commanders, who is now under arrest.Let us wish and pray that Libya will return to its normalcy soon and regain its old heritage!