By Nangayi Guyson in Kampala Uganda – Tropoli (27- march-2011)-The Libyan rebels are now in control of major towns after recapturing four more towns in the eastern coast of Ras Lanuf, Brega, Uqayla and Bin Jawad and are moving quickly towards Muammar Gaddafi’s heartland of Sirte.
The victory comes after the allied air strikes put pressure on pro-Gaddafi forces- forcing them to withdraw.
US, French, British and other allied aircraft started attacking Libyan government troops eight days ago.
The military coalition was assembled after the UN Security Council authorized action to protect civilians.
This helped the rebels to become strong as they pushed Gaddafi’s forces, Mohammed Ali el-Atwish, a 42-year-old rebel fighter in Bin Jawad, told AFP news agency that “Gaddafi’s forces are now scared rats.” “They are dropping their weapons and uniforms and dressing as civilians. We are no longer concerned about Gaddafi’s forces at all.”
The rebels in the stronghold of Benghazi say oil fields in the areas they control are producing 100,000 to 130,000 barrels per day, and that this could easily be increased to 300,000.
Ali Tarhouni, a spokesman for the rebel council in Benghazi, said they had reached a deal with Qatar that it would market the oil.
However, as the strike enters the eighth day, Nato members are meeting in Brussels on Sunday evening, with the alliance expected to discuss the rules of engagement in Libya and expanding its operation.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in recorded interviews released on Sunday as saying the US had largely accomplished its goals in Col Gaddafi’s Libya.
“We have taken out his armour,” Mr Gates said, adding that the US would soon relinquish its leading role in the coalition.
Mrs Clinton said: “We’re beginning to see, because of the good work of the coalition, his troops begin to turn back toward the west – and to see the opposition begin to reclaim the ground they had lost.”
France says its aircraft destroyed at least five Libyan government jets and two helicopters on Saturday night at a government air base near rebel-held Misrata, which has become a key focus for the battle in western Libya.
As the fight continues,we don’t know who is who?, but time will tell ,last Sunday as Gaddafi addressed the nation via a phone call on Libyan state television, He said “We promise you a long war.” meaning he is ready to fight and die in his ancestral land as he said in the beginning of protests, Do you think Gaddafi will step down or he will fight until he is captured and his head cut off like that one of Saddam Hussein of IRAQ ? Send us your views and comments either with Facebook or signup and leave a comment