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Libyan Rebels Chased From Eastern Town

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Posted on Mar 13, 2011
AP / Hussein Malla

Rebel fighters sit atop a pile of ammunition in the town of Brega in eastern Libya on Saturday.

Pro-Gadhafi forces pressed their assault on rebel positions in Libya, pushing the revolutionary army from the eastern town of Brega. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meantime, was preparing to meet with the rebels’ revolutionary council. —JCL

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The rebel army fled in hundreds of pick-up trucks, many with machine guns mounted on the back, and saloon cars back toward the nearest major town of Ajdabiya. Some of the revolutionaries, many of whom are young men with no previous combat experience, appeared close to panic. Many of the remaining civilians in the area fled with them.

The rapid advance by pro-regime forces came as Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, prepared to travel to the region to meet representatives of the Libyan rebels’ revolutionary council.

Clinton’s trip follows an unprecedented Arab League call for western military intervention to assist the embattled rebels.

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By SarcastiCanuck, March 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment
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Those Libyan rebels need to buy some American arms from Mexican drug dealers.Then they’ll kick ass..

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By A Khokar, March 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment

Repotedly;the ME tyrants under the umberalla of ‘The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) got gathered in Saudi Arabia as how to harness the class less, secular revolution ragaiang in their states and to save their throwns.

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By A Khokar, March 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) backs no fly zone and ask Security Council to give a mandate to the western forces to implement it but why not ask the powerful Saudis, Egyptian or Jordanian air forces present in the area.

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By A Khokar, March 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment

Starnge enough; the ME autocrats just yesterday opposing No fly zone against Sovereign Iraq; today are backing it against Libya

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By drbhelthi, March 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment

Since Lybia is a member of the Arab League, I wonder which member states requested versus which did not request intervention of western military force?

Who provided the weaponry used by the rebel forces, and which country manufactured the weaponry?

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