Rats, dogs insults fly at Libyan front

2011-08-10 13:43

Bir al-Ghanam - Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and Libyan rebels holding the strategic town of Bir al-Ghanam exchanged rocket fire interspersed with verbal abuse on Wednesday.

"You animal, you scum," one rebel cursed after his comrades managed to cut in on an army radio frequency.

"You dog, you rat. You sold out our country," a Libyan soldier yelled back.

Rebels captured the town on Saturday, breaking weeks of stalemate on this front in Libya's civil war. They plan to advance to the capital, Tripoli, Gaddafi's stronghold located about 80km north.

Gaddafi forces launched Grad rockets at rebel positions in the small desert settlement and rebels fired back with rockets and machine guns.

Gaddafi himself describes the rebels as rats and says they are criminals inspired by al-Qaeda.

Thick white smoke was rising at the edge of Bir al-Ghanam during the fighting. Gaddafi's forces are spread out in a copse of trees just beyond Bir al-Ghanam and have conducted several reconnaissance missions back to the town.

The insurgents say they plan to assault government forces holding the nearby town of Zawiyah, which lies 50km west of Tripoli and is home to many of the rebels fighting here in the desert.

Rebel reinforcements in jeeps with anti-aircraft guns were arriving in Bir al-Ghanam while Gaddafi's forces kept up the pressure. As explosions rocked the town, more skirmishes over the radio network took place.

"Anyone who follows Gaddafi is an ant so you are an ant," said one rebel to a Libyan soldier. The soldiers occasionally played a song praising Gaddafi over the radio network, which said troops are at his disposal.

  • Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-08-10 14:02 Whilst Libyans are killing each other, all Nato has to do, is kill more of them. Will the "rebels" suffer the same fate as the taliban? First used to fight along with the Us,Fr,Uk, - nowadays "worlds" enemy. So maybe some day soon, the "rebels" might beocme the new enemy of Nato and they'll bomb them as well. Pity the world watching the worst criminal organisation there is - Nato.

      420 - 2011-08-10 15:56

      It all depends on who is declared the leader of Libya once the dust settles. If the new guy follows the demands of Nato/US/UK then expect Libya to be shown as a shining light to the rest of the world (as they rape the resources), and for him to be left to his own devises. If not, then expect a full invasion and for rebels to be labelled terrorists and another uprising until a proper puppet can be found..

      slg - 2011-08-10 16:07

      Bernhard, you're supporting a brutal dictator and calling Nato a criminal organization. It doesn't make sense.

      Al Esa - 2011-08-11 10:43

      slg you are wrong to the core. Bernhard is right on this, 420 you got it buddy. NATO is not protecting civilians but fighting a gorilla war while aiding one side (The rebels) to kill civilians. The rebels can never rule Libya coz soon or later NATO is gonna leave them on their own. Even if they're able to put then in power, they'll never be able to govern. Imagine the will of slightly less than 2,000,000 people being imposed on the will of slightly more than 4,000,000 people? Simple math dictates otherwise, trust me... We've seen this script before. This thing could have ended in Feb had France, Britain and NATO left the Libyan government deal with it as the British government has. Remember a government always has to meet 'criminals' as they call them in Britain, with the full extent of the law. Ahaha about 16,000 police officers in London... Interesting turn of events

  • slg - 2011-08-10 16:08

    Watch last nights PBS Newshour about Syria and the Arab Spring. Don't miss it. [9 August]

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