The Civil War in Libya

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  1. Scratch
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    British and French attack helicopters have now engaged targets in Brega, including checkpoints, military vehicles and a radar site. These are really tactical strikes again and make most sense in combiation with ground troops. Will we now see the long awaited offensive on the eastern front towards Sirt? After weeks in wich rebels were supposedly trained in the east, this could now be the time to test the newly learned skills.
    I think the rebels could make some gains in the western mountains lately and solidified their positions around Misrata, while even probing Sirt from the west.
    A two front assault supported by attack helicopters should, hopefully, do the trick. Pushing for Sirt and then Tripoli, without the need to fight for every small city in the desert.

    The political aftermath will surly be interesting, but I don't think we'll see turmoil. I'm quite sure there are questionable figures in the NTC and among local authorities wich seek personal benefits. But honestly, that was to be exspected. The state probably won't run totally efficient for some time, similar to Tunesia.
     
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    If this intervention is successful were likely to see a failed state that might cause more trouble than Somalia
     
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    Hurray for Iraq 2.0. My prediction is the new government will get sick of being ordered about by NATO and play off other powers against it (i.e. Russia, China), and in the process, the Chinese will get their share of the oil, as before...
     
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    We are now fed the notion that Qaddaffi is using rape in the war without being pointed to areas that had been occupied and according to theory might be fit to use that tactic. It is even said that soldiers are issued Viagra. Using that would surely take their mind from fighting or , also important, resting. The story probably comes from the same people who sold us Saddam Hussein's WMDs. The fact that the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague buys into the story shows this institute to be misused for political ends just as the US it would be!
    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Midd...e-shows-that-Qaddafi-ordered-rape-of-hundreds
     
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    Yes, the propaganda campaign is quite hilarious.
    Although I am not so sure wether this is an organsied campaign or a case of hysteria.
    Perhaps a bit like that "beautifull Syrian-American Queer Girl blogging about oppression in Syria", which then got "captured", which then turned out to be a male 40 year old American in Scotland.

    Radio Yerevan springs to mind here.
     
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    If this gets Senate approval,i can see UK and France et al jumping ship too.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/06/20116147535393778.html
     
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    Dutch radio news just told me that President Obama considers the war against Libya is not a war because Libya can't fight back. So if it isn't a war is it terrorism?
     
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    Asia Times On Line publishes today an article by Dr. Jian Junbo, an assistant professor of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, currently an academic visitor at London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom:
    Asia Times Online :: China treads new path in Libya
     
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    Here's a bit of inside info from Libya: A rebel assault on Brega probably will not go forward anytime soon. NATO has decided that front is no longer strategically significant.
     
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    So they going through Misrata? I had a suspicion they will do that because open sources say they are ferrying untrained men towards the port. Funny strategy though. Or go through mountains.
     
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