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Libya rebels claim victory in fight for Brega
al jazeera ^ | July 18, 2011 | N/A

Posted on 07/18/2011 11:45:52 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar

Rebels say they have retaken oil town, as Russia slams US for recognisng their leadership as legitimate government.

Libyan rebels have claimed victory against troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the country's leader, inside the eastern port town of Brega.

The rebels said Gaddafi's troops were retreating west towards the town of Ras Lanuf.

Brega, which is 750km east of Tripoli, the capital, has changed hands several times since the uprising against Gaddafi began in February.

Shamsiddin Abdulmolah, a rebel spokesman, told the AFP news agency that the fighters had circled the town, a key oil export terminal with a refinery and chemical plant, which for months marked the eastern limit of Gaddafi's control.

He said the streets of Brega have "an extraordinary number of anti-personnel mines", making it hard to secure the area.

"The remaining number of Gaddafi's troops in Brega, which is estimated to be between 150 to 200 have been pushed into an industrial area with dwindling supplies," said Abdulmolah.

"Their food and water supplies are cut and they now will not be able to sleep. It is a matter of time before they come to their senses, we hope to prevent some bloodshed."

Omar El-Hariri, the designated Minister of Military Affairs for the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya, told Al Jazeera that the "landmines [are] a new tactic by Gaddafi, because he is desperate."

The NTC is the political body formed to represent the Libyan rebels.

According to the NTC, 127 anti-Gaddafi personnel have been injured in battles with Gaddafi loyalists in and around Brega since the weekend.

The official Libyan JANA news agency said that 19 Gaddafi loyalists had died over the weekend as a result of NATO bombing in the Brega area.

(Excerpt) Read more at english.aljazeera.net ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: libya; oup

1 posted on 07/18/2011 11:45:56 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

days, not weeks


2 posted on 07/18/2011 11:57:18 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: paul51

Days, alright... some 5,000 of them.


3 posted on 07/18/2011 12:07:14 PM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Yawn, and they say the washing machine sales are down but the spin cycle keeps on tuning.


4 posted on 07/18/2011 12:10:28 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

Exactly.
Since we were sold a cart of horseshit with the
“duty to protect” nonsense, how can anyone believe
anything the media propaganda czars say about Libya.

The only one who knows what this is really all about
and what is really going on, is Obama and his Ghestopo
inner-circle.

The rest of us are being told it is raining.


5 posted on 07/18/2011 12:35:38 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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