Libyan Rebels Don't Really Add Up to an Army

(New York Times) C.J. Chivers - Libya's rebel military is not really a military at all. It is less an organized force than the martial manifestation of a popular uprising. With throaty cries and weapons they have looted and scrounged, the rebels gather along Libya's main coastal highway each day, ready to fight. But they have almost no communication equipment. There is no visible officer or noncommissioned officer corps. Their weapons are a mishmash of hastily acquired arms, which few of them know how to use. It seems unlikely that such a force can carry the war westward, through dug-in Gaddafi units, and a sustained war of attrition could quickly bleed their ranks dry.

2011-04-07 00:00:00

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