Libyan rebels call help of NATO only ground operation will be able destroy Kaddafi forces 1306111
Defense News - Libya
Monday, June 13, 2011, 10:46 PM
Libyan rebels call help of NATO, only a ground operation will be able to destroy the Kaddafi forces.
The NATO intervention in Libya is not enough any more, the rebels require intensification of military operations of the coalition. The Colonel Kadhafi forces have always sufficient armament in spite of the increase in the military actions against Tripoli, mainly of air strikes.
Libyan rebel fighters fired against Kaddafi forces near Misrata. They are not armed and organized to fight efficiently Libyan armed forces.
Heavy fighting around the rebel-held Libyan town of Misrata has left at least 30 people dead, while more than 20 rebels have been killed in two days of clashes in Zlitan, between Misrata and Tripoli.
And Gaddafi forces have also shelled the world-heritage listed town of Ghadamis for the first time. That opens up a new front. But this five-month civil war still looks deadlocked while cracks are appearing among NATO allies.
According from a spokesperson of Kadhafi, the Libyan army would have shot down a NATO helicopter.
By seeing the evolution of the conflict, and according to our analysis, only a ground operation could reduce to nothing the Kaddafi forces. Indeed, the experiment of many recent conflicts, like Iraq, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, showed that air strikes had only limited impact on the ground military capacities. Moreover after four months, the many NATO air strikes did not destroy the operational capacities of Kaddafi military forces.
Rebels have taken on forces loyal to Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi near the town of Zawiyah. It is the second day of fighting and brings the revolt to within 20 kilometres of the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli. The renewed fighting around Zawiyah is the closest the rebellion has come to Gaddafi’s stronghold in Tripoli for months.
The oil port of Zawiya has been the scene of clashes over the weekend while rebels are also battling Gaddafi’s troops near Misrata.
Colonel Kadhafi still announced this Sunday, June 12, 2011, which he would refuse to leave the country and would not accept any negotiation.
NATO warplanes intensified attacks on Tripoli, again hitting Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s command compound, but it's not enough to destroy the ground capacities of Colonel Kaddafi armed forces.