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Libya: Rebels continue to push west from Misrata
BBC ^ | July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Gatehouse

Posted on 07/09/2011 12:06:57 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

Scenes from the front line near Misrata, as the rebels push towards Zlitan Continue reading the main story Libya Crisis

After more than six weeks of stalemate, the rebels have in recent days pushed back the forces of Col Muammar Gaddafi, despite rocket and mortar fire.

Progress is slow and the rebels have taken heavy casualties, but they say morale is high.

The capital remains some 200km (125 miles) away.

Digging in Accompanied by a fighter by the name of Ali, we drove several kilometres beyond the entrenched positions that had, for the past month and a half, constituted the front line west of Misrata.

He brought us to a ditch, lined with pine trees and set among olive groves some way back from the coast.

Men were busy digging in. As they dug, they came under almost constant fire from Col Gaddafi's forces, some 500m away.

Rockets and mortars thudded into the earth nearby, bullets whizzed and cracked overhead. The smell of burning cordite mingled with the fragrance of pine needles, heated by the midday sun.

Until just a few days ago, this was Col Gaddafi's front line. Now the rebels hold it and they are slowly pushing their way forward, ditch by ditch, kilometre by kilometre.

Abu Baker, a 22-year-old fighter wearing flip-flops and an Argentina football shirt, said he was not afraid of the shells and the bullets.

"Everyone here has only one thing on his mind," he said. "If we kill him (Gaddafi) we win. And if we die, we go to heaven."

These men are not soldiers. They are students and shopkeepers, accountants and farmers.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: libya; oup

1 posted on 07/09/2011 12:07:01 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar
Nice to see the Brits propaganda arm covering this low grade oil heist . This shows us how much BP and the other Euro dopes will invest to protect their rigs , infrastructure and the flow of much needed oil. If they don't get this guy he will make a deal with China . They are desperate .
2 posted on 07/09/2011 12:19:49 PM PDT by fantom (,)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Progress is slow and the rebels have taken heavy casualties, but they say morale is high.

They say; MSM headlines--and prints!

Obie's Muslim terrorists have pushed forward "several kilometers." Only 200 more to go! With the help of air cover paid for by U.S. taxpayers, they may get there in another couple of years, if, they say, morale is still high.

3 posted on 07/09/2011 12:35:25 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: fantom

So they have 4.5 acres under control now instead of four.


4 posted on 07/09/2011 12:47:06 PM PDT by org.whodat
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