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Libyan rebels urge more NATO attacks

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Libyan rebels urge more NATO attacks


NATO continues its bombardment of Libya, launching strikes against targets in Tripoli and Sirte, and attacking Gaddafi’s command and control facilities south of Tripoli. But for the rebel forces based in Benghazi, and currently defending Ajdabiya, NATO is not doing enough.

France has now announced that it will not be sending troops into Libya but, the UK has said that it will be sending military advisors to help the rebels organise their command structures, and communications.

A rebel soldier called Mabrouk said: “Honestly, NATO sometimes says we’re with you, and sometimes says we’re near to their hearts… and sometimes they stay away from us. And sometimes they strike us. In reality, they don’t seem competent, not like France was…”

The rebels now have some new uniforms, and body armour and satellite radios. But many fighters are not really soldiers at all. One man, a musician who owns a carwash and a cafe but now fights full time, said he will take his guitar into battle, all the way to the end.

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