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Almost three months into the campaign of air strikes, Britain and its Nato allies no longer believe bombing alone will end the conflict in Libya, well-placed government officials have told the Guardian.
Instead, they are pinning their hopes on the defection of Muammar Gaddafi's closest aides, or the Libyan leader's agreement to flee the country.
Originally posted by michael1983l
Wars rarely go according to plan, it is just one of the factors we have to expect when entering conflict.
"the Haftar force, created and financed by the CIA in Chad, vanished into thin air with the help of the CIA shortly after the Hissène Habré government was overthrown [in 1990 (IRIN 19 Apr. 2006)] by Idriss Déby" (see also The Washington Post 26 Mar. 1996). A report published by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on the Web site of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) notes that in 1996 the main opposition group in Libya was the Libyan National Salvation Front (LNSF), founded in 1981 and headed by Muhammad Al-Muqaryif (CRS 19 Dec. 1996). Its military wing is known as the Libyan National Army and is headed by Colonel Haftar (ibid.; see also The Washington Post 26 Mar. 1996).
The Washington Post reported on 26 March 1996 that, according to some sources, Colonel Haftar was the leader of the Libyan National Army, a group of counter-revolutionaries supported and trained by the United States and operating in Libya.
Originally posted by Vanishr
reply to post by Mdv2
Maybe you should do some research & you will see before NATO, Gaddafi gave back alot of $ to the people via there oil supplies. I heard of a $20000 one time payment for young couples who get married for the first time & a similar amount to people starting there first business's & thats on top of the set amount that EVERY libyan citizen recieved yearly via there oil trade. Most of them would have been getting more benefits than we get in the UK or the US, there oil was nationalized, not a corporate entity.
Originally posted by Mdv2
reply to post by Vanishr
You are right, I just checked the PPP of Libya and it's remarkably high. I guess the propaganda machine has also partly affected me. Although there's no doubt on my mind that the Gadaffi family benefited himself mostly of the country's rich oil reserves, one should ask himself whether that's any worse than Western oil companies profiting from it. In the end, these companies only enrich themselves (Shell makes €2 billion / hour, while we, the people, pay a fortunate at the pump. Who are we to judge Gadaffi is any worse than our corporate elites?