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When will NATO begin airstrikes on the Libyan rebels?

#1
I have noticed with increasing concern over the last few weeks, through the media of video courtesy of SKY, BBC et al, that the NATO backed, Libyan rebel forces are not at all shy of using area weapons against civilian populated target areas. Is anyone one else wondering when 'Cumagoon' and the 'poison dwarf' in Paris will once again order our fearless winged brethren to the skies in order to prevent the indiscriminate use of heavy weapons likely to cause casualties amongst the innocent civilian population?

Likely to happen? never to happen? photo opportunity seized move on?

Thoughts please.
 
#2
NATO has been the Benghazi Air Farce since day 1.

Are you suggesting that they mount a coup and oust their political leaders now seated in Tripoli?
 
#3
I have noticed with increasing concern over the last few weeks, through the media of video courtesy of SKY, BBC et al, that the NATO backed, Libyan rebel forces are not at all shy of using area weapons against civilian populated target areas. Is anyone one else wondering when 'Cumagoon' and the 'poison dwarf' in Paris will once again order our fearless winged brethren to the skies in order to prevent the indiscriminate use of heavy weapons likely to cause casualties amongst the innocent civilian population?

Likely to happen? never to happen? photo opportunity seized move on?

Thoughts please.

The fight is almost over now and as far as civilian casualties go, this morning on Sky News Colin Brazier tried to infer that many civilian casualties had occured,he was roundly put down by Alex Rossi who is in the thick of it in Sirte who told Brazier that there was absolutley no sign of civilians injured or dead.
The NTC expect to take Sirte today or tomorrow with limited casualties.
 

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#4
LWM, hope all well down there and you have a red shirt to wear on Saturday ;-)



Given that a contributing member of Arrse spent the best part of three months with the NTC forces earlier this year ( Rumpelstiltskin) why not ask him ?
 
#5
The fight is almost over now and as far as civilian casualties go, this morning on Sky News Colin Brazier tried to infer that many civilian casualties had occured,he was roundly put down by Alex Rossi who is in the thick of it in Sirte who told Brazier that there was absolutley no sign of civilians injured or dead.
The NTC expect to take Sirte today or tomorrow with limited casualties.
I don't think Tuffy that the game is over. Not at all. At least the fall of Sirte is postponed.

Kadhafi fighters mount fierce fightback in Sirte - Yahoo! News

Moamer Kadhafi loyalists mounted a fierce counter-attack in the city of Sirte on Saturday, forcing back new regime fighters under a barrage of rockets and shelling, an AFP reporter said.

Fighters of the National Transitional Council (NTC) fled helter-skelter two kilometres (just over a mile) to the captured police headquarters in the Mediterranean city, one of Kadhafi's last holdouts.

"Run, run, run!" rang out from the retreating forces.
The Colonel understands that his the best strategy is guerilla war in big cities.

On another front, Libya's new leadership pressed a campaign to clear Tripoli of armed Kadhafi loyalists after gunbattles killed three people on Friday in the first fighting to rock the capital since its capture in August.

The head of Tripoli's supreme military council, Abdelhakim Belhaj, pledged tough action against the pro-Kadhafi fighters and "sleeper cells" of the former regime, which he said would be targeted in the clean-up operation.

Pro-Kadhafi gunmen clashed with NTC fighters in Abu Salim, a district around 10 kilometres (six miles) south of the city centre known to harbour supporters of the fugitive strongman.
Urban guerilla war is something endless and NATO bombings are useless in this context.

As for the question in the title of the thread then the easiest answer is - never. Just because the 'rebels' have been supported by Washington from the begin of the events.

However, never say never. Those who fought against Soviet troops in Afghanista and recieved weapons from the West eventually were branded as terrorists and were bombed. So just wait.
 
#7
Given that there's so little to decipher the rebel forces from civilians (albeit that the former have a fuckload of guns) it must be a tricky question to answer. Are we talking about accidental civilian casualties? Women being fired upon in the heat of battle or taking stray rounds/blasts from large weapons? Or are we talking about the all-singing, all-dancing group of roadies who follow the rebels around town supporting the movement who happen to get shafted because they're in the middle of a firefight?
 
#8
I don't think Tuffy that the game is over. Not at all. At least the fall of Sirte is postponed.

Kadhafi fighters mount fierce fightback in Sirte - Yahoo! News

The Colonel understands that his the best strategy is guerilla war in big cities.

Urban guerilla war is something endless and NATO bombings are useless in this context.

As for the question in the title of the thread then the easiest answer is - never. Just because the 'rebels' have been supported by Washington from the begin of the events.

However, never say never. Those who fought against Soviet troops in Afghanista and recieved weapons from the West eventually were branded as terrorists and were bombed. So just wait.
With respect, Tovarischch, Libya is not Afghanistan.
 
#9
I'd be more worried about the reckoning after Sirte.

Will all those poorly cooperating burb based militias turn in their technicals and go back to their ordinary lives, but this time under a bunch of shadowy blokes from Benghazi?
 
#10
i think you'll find the rebels are using precision guided 107mm rockets.

also, has anyone heard of people getting hit by falling rounds? these retards seem to be firing about 50% of their rounds straight up the way.
 
#11
With respect, Tovarischch, Libya is not Afghanistan.
However, Washington remains Washington and the habits of decision makers here will not change anytime soon. In fact Washington supported Jihadists and terrorists against the Soviet invasion. But later the very same terrorists became targets of NATO bombing.

Can this scenario be repeated in Libya? Why not?
 

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