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Ear to the Ground

Libyan Rebels Retake an Oil Town

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Posted on Mar 26, 2011
AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Libyan rebels celebrate in Ajdabiya in eastern Libya on Saturday.

Rebels in Libya were celebrating amid tank and artillery ruins after opposition forces, with the aid of coalition airstrikes, wrestled control over a key oil town from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. —JCL

The BBC:

Libyan rebels backed by extensive allied air raids have seized control of the frontline oil town of Ajdabiya from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

Insurgents have been celebrating amid the ruins of tanks and artillery pieces left behind after air strikes.

Gaddafi loyalists seized the town last week as they advanced east to quell an uprising which began in mid-February.

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By Russian Paul, March 30, 2011 at 8:31 am Link to this comment

ok the tuesday march 29 show of democracy now had a pretty good debate on
who the rebels are…Khalifa Hifter, who’s supposedly the new rebel leader, was a
former top military officer for gaddafi, but spent the last 20 years in virginia
before flying back over…yea i’m not sure how most libyans would feel about that

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By rico, suave, March 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

expat:

Did you not say “freshly minted new design Libyan flags”? Did I not say, no they aren’t a new design? I only disputed their provenance, not the date or quantity of their production. Why do you feel it necessary to make up something in order to refute it?

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By rico, suave, March 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

expat:

I’m confused by your post. Who are the crooks I’m supposedly apologizing for? And lose the flying references- you don’t know what you’re talking about and they sound stupid coming from you.

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By Prasad, March 28, 2011 at 9:27 am Link to this comment
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The Libyan forces will not control the rebels until NATO forces will support the rebels. If Libyan forces continue their strike against their people (rebels) not only loss their lives but also people of Libya and its neighbouring countries will suffer with their wrong decision.

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By expat, March 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment
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rico…  WhiskeyTangoFox

go back to playing flight simulator…

and perhaps simulate you’re running your Juliet street friends whose policies you always seem to be defending, into the ground.

That’d be a nice change of course captain.

(flags…you mean Libya under Kahafi kept a huge stock of these old order flags on hand? Yeah, right. Theses flags were mass produced on very short notice…  in Libya?  see…  you’re nothing but an apologist always trying to cook up excuses and rationales for the crooks, but you no longer fool anyone.)

We all know you’re paid to try to get us to keep continue flying vfr in the dark when the world really desperately needs cfr (crash fire rescue [US phraseology]).

GolfFoxYankee.

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By rico, suave, March 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

This intervention was wrong, wrong, wrong. Now NATO is the de facto rebel Air Force, providing close air support for their drive toward Tripoli. Who signed up for THAT mission?

I saw a picture of a “rebel” in his truck with a Che Guevara poster hung inside. Tells me all I need to know about that guy’s “democratic” bona fides.

“BTW” expat, I think the flag is the old original pre-Gaddafi Libyan flag, and their PR department is the fawning world media. Oh, the romance of it all.

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By Russian Paul, March 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

i’m curious at what point the protesters became “rebels”...was the uprising in libya
a planned failure from the beginning and the “rebels” unaware pawns? is there now
a split among pro-democracy protesters and these “rebels?” i have to say, i’m a bit
disappointed with amy goodman and democracy now who, so far, have been
glamorizing the rebels and not really asking questions about the West having
possibly manipulated the situation.

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By expat, March 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment
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The headline is totally misleading…

it is NOT rebels retaking… (anything)

it is imperialist Nato warplanes taking sides beyond just protecting the population per UN mandate and clearing the area out for rebels…

rebels which…  BTW are often al quaeda…  isn’t fascinating how AQ is always on the side of CIA mossad crooked ops when needed?

BTW… amazing how well organized the “rebels” are, complete with PR machine and freshly minted new design Libyan flags…  and yet can’t seem to hold any ground on their own whatsoever…

connect the dots…

does it pass the smell test?

You’re being had… again, and again…

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