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Libyan rebels claim unity

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Libyan rebels claim unity


Euronews correspondent Jamel Ezzedini has been with rebel factions in various parts of Tripoli. He asked them about how they succeeded in taking the capital. Previous reports we have carried talked about loosely-led forces, but this reporter looked into multiple individual initiatives.

The chief of Tripoli-based units said: “The different groups of rebels are coordinating well together. Rebels converged on Tripoli from the west and the east, focused in a common direction.”

The chief of units from Zintan, southwest of Tripoli, said: “We pulled it off through good communication and cooperation.”

The chief from Misrata, to the east, told us: “We have common operations centres in the capital, in the western Jabal Garbi area and in the eastern part. We tried to keep open communications between the three operation centres.”

It has been a steep learning curve for the rebels. They have also coordinated increasingly with NATO, to avoid the wrong people getting hurt in air strikes.

Our correspondent said: “The rebel soldiers from all over Libya — Zintan, Nalut, Benghazi and other towns — say this last assault against Gaddafi groups in Tripoli was focused on ultimate victory. They would accept nothing less than victory.”

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