It has been two weeks since the coalition began its bombing campaign but neither Gaddafi’s forces nor the rebels have been able to gain the upper hand.
Both sides have made swift advances and rapid retreats and now the fighting has become bogged down in Brega.
If there were eventually to be a ceasefire leading to Libya’s partition, control of resources and revenues from oil ports including Brega and Ras Lanuf would be crucial. In the west, Gaddafi’s forces are continuing to besiege Misrata.
The rebels, meanwhile, are working to impose discipline among their volunteers in order to not only hold their positions but also to push forward.
Gaddafi’s former interior minister has been named as the rebel army’s chief of staff and more experienced fighters and retired officers are now reportedly swelling the rebel ranks to combat the better equipped government troops.