Bishwa Nath Singh
In the latest report arriving here,Muammar Gaddafi’s force have retreated from the strategic city of Ajdabiyah (Libya) on March 26,2011 in the first significant advance for the rebels who are challenging his rule since the American and European air strikes began a week ago.
(Photo of damaged buildings in Libya)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
It is the picture, the rebels of Libya are seen celebrating their victory on a destroyed tank that belonged to pro-Gaddafi forces in Ajdabiyah in Libya on March 26,2011.The capture of Ajdabiyah is the first sign that the allied attacks, di...rected not only against Gaddafi’s aircraft and defenses but also against his ground troops as well, are changing the dynamics of the battle for control of the country. At the same time, however, western leaders are happily debating the ability of the military operation to achieve its dual goals: to protect Libyan civilians and remove Gaddafi from power. US President Barack Obama, in his radio address had tried his best to retreat his country’s brave men and women in uniform who have made important progress that is why hey are succeeding in their mission. In Ajdabiyah, charred government tanks that were destroyed by the airstrikes overnight were still smouldering today at the city’s gates, where they had driven back rebel assaults over the past few days. But today, hundreds of rebels streamed in, honking their horns, shooting weapons into the air and waving their tricolor flags in celebration. The rebels had said they believed that Gaddafi’s militias had retreated about eighty kms. to the west, towards the city of Brega. “People are celebrating,” said Najib al-Mukasabi, who was driving from Ajdabiyah north towards Benghazi, the rebels’ capital. The west and east gates are liberated.”The evidence of intense fighting could be seen everywhere, with homes badly damaged and wreckage in the streets. Before being routed from the city by the pro-Gaddafi forces, rebel fighters had vowed to make their stand in Ajdabiyah, which is on both the major highway networks in northeastern Libya. A vital city of over one lakh twenty thousand before the battles began, it seemed more a damaged husk now.At a news conference in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid Kaim confirmed that government fighters had made a “tactical pullback”. And he reiterated the government’s charge that the American and European forces were overstepping mandates from the UN and Nato by providing close air support to the rebels instead of merely establishing a no-fly zone or protecting civilians. The air strikes in Ajdabiyah had hit the pro-Gaddafi troops who were not advancing but merely “stationary”, he said.In a news conference late last night on March 25,2011 that Health Ministry officials said more than one hundred people had died in the air attacks, but they did not break out civilian casualties from the military deaths. In his radio address, US President Barack Obama had defended fully about American involvement and the air strikes targets, arguing that the US was protecting a strategic interest in preserving the stability of the region as well as an international mandate to prevent a bloodbath. “In places like Benghazi, a city of some 700,000 that Gaddafi threatened to show ‘no mercy’, his forces have been pushed back,” Obama said. “So make no mistake, because we acted quickly, a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided, and the lives of countless civilians — innocent men, women and children — have been saved.”The rebel forces are still outgunned on the ground by Gaddafi’s better-equipped militia, the rebel battle lines are still hundreds of miles from the capital and there is no indication of an imminent uprising in the west against the Libyan Government. Let us hope and pray for amicable solution to long standing problems of Libyan Problems without causing any further causality of civilians there!