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Pro-Gadhafi Forces Make Headway in Oil Ports

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Posted on Mar 10, 2011
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This still from the BBC’s coverage of the Libyan conflict shows rebels near the oil port of Ras Lanuf.

The struggle for control of Libya continued Thursday, with Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces reportedly gaining ground in the oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Sidra, sending rebels into retreat from those strongholds and claiming civilian lives in the ongoing conflict.  —KA

BBC:

Libyan rebels are fleeing the oil port of Ras Lanuf after sustained attacks by forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi.

There were reports of severe civilian casualties after rebel positions and residential areas came under fire from rockets and shells.

[...] In recent days, Col Gaddafi’s forces have been trying to regain ground in the rebel-held east, as well as the town of Zawiya, west of Tripoli.

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By Blackspeare, March 12, 2011 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

Ching-Ching…

Use of mercenaries during times of strife is part of the world fabric.  It’s a lucrative employment for out-of-work killers.  The USA codifies soldiers of fortune into a business venture with the dubious name of Blackwater.  Mercenaries such as these are not subject to the military code of law as a matter of fact they’re pretty much immune to any civil or criminal offense.  What a business!!!

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By Ching-Ching, March 11, 2011 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

Why does everyone call them “pro-Gadhafi” forces?
They’re really just hired guns who will work for whoever pays the most.

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