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THE Libyan air force has effectively been wiped out, triumphant RAF chiefs have declared.

As dictator Colonel Gaddafi secretly scrambled to find an ally who would accept him in exile, it was revealed that his aerial force had been obliterated.

RAF Air Vice-Marshal Greg Bagwell said the Allied forces had "taken away (Gaddafi's) eyes and ears" and "destroyed the majority of his air force".

He added: "Effectively, their air force no longer exists as a fighting force and his integrated air defence system and command and control networks are severely degraded to the point that we can operate with near impunity across Libya."

In just four days, the operation has progressed from long-range strikes against key military targets to one of enforcement of the no-fly zone.

The elimimation of the Libyan air force came through a combination of bombs dropped from aircraft and missiles from the sea.

And yesterday, the stranglehold on Gaddafi tightened as 1000 miles of Libyan coastline was blockaded by warships.

At the main Allied airbase in Italy, AVM Bagwell said of the Libyan leader: "I don't know what he's shooting at but he can't hit us."

He praised the "Herculean effort" of the RAF men and women taking part in the operation."

Us secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Gaddafi may be looking for a way out of the crisis in his country and "exploring" his future options.

The US has received intelligence that the tyrant's inner circle may have reached out to people in Europe and around the world to ask, "How do we get out of this?"

But Gaddafi's snipers continued to terrorise civilians in the coastal city of Misrata yesterday. His tanks have been shelling the rebel-held town in the west, killing dozens of people.

Last night explosions could be heard from an area around Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli.

And witnesses said they could see flames coming from a military base at Tajura on the outskirts of the city.

The Allies will hold a conference in London on Tuesday to decide on their next moves and finally agree on a command structure for the conflict.

It will bring together countries involved in the UN-backed intervention and those in the region.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "We will consider the humanitarian needs of the Libyan people and identify ways to support the people of Libya in their aspirations for a better future."

Qatar is expected to start flying air patrols over Libya by this weekend - the first member of the Arab League to take part.

Syrian police launched a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters yesterday, killing at least 15, including six at a mosque in the city of Daraa. The death toll stood at 22 after two days of protests.

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Post time 2011-3-24 18:53:56 |Display all floors

Oh dear .........

QUOTE: Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "We will consider the humanitarian needs of the Libyan people and identify ways to support the people of Libya in their aspirations for a better future."

It will be interesting to see if the standard of living will drop for Libyans when their new masters bleed them dry ..........

In addition, we will have to wait and see the definition of 'humane' ...........  

And 'aspirations for the future' .........  

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Post time 2011-3-24 18:57:24 |Display all floors
Originally posted by Wahahaha at 2011-3-24 18:42
No two ways about it - pure fcuking EVIL.

Right - instead of destroying the jets, we should of given poor gadhafi some fighter jets to shoot down more of his people.
I mean what right do we have interfering with Gadhafi's blood bath?  We should be helping him kill as many libyans as possible right Wahahaha?

Maybe you can volunteer to help?

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Post time 2011-3-24 18:59:36 |Display all floors
It's pretty obvious from this report that we are indeed targeting the military and not reigning bombs down on citizens.  We have destroyed their air force so they cannot use it to launch more attacks.  Time to destroy all the tanks.  Then the people will be safe.

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Post time 2011-3-24 19:00:31 |Display all floors

Monstrous evil

The bloody Rothschild led New World Order and it's filthy slut handmaidens like Kamoron and Slutkozy
have an insatiable appetite for blood and oil.God damn their evil souls.

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Post time 2011-3-24 19:13:03 |Display all floors
Q&A: Who are the Libyan rebels?
By Andrew England

Published: March 20 2011 14:48 | Last updated: March 20 2011 14:48

Who are the opposition?

The unrest in Libya began on February 15 when a lawyer/activist was arrested two days before Libyans had called for a “day of anger” to protest against Muammer Gaddafi’s regime as Libyans sought to emulate the protests that had swept across Tunisia and Egypt.

But Libya, one of the region’s most closed societies, is very different to its north African neighbours, with no established opposition groups, civil society groups or strong state institutions after 41 years of Colonel Gaddafi’s oppressive rule. The uprising was also far more violent than in Egypt or Tunisia, with security forces repeatedly using live fire in a bid to crush the protests while civilians responded with their own attacks on military bases. These factors meant that when the regime’s hold on the east was broken, there was no clear leadership in the so-called liberated areas. In an effort to fill the vacuum, lawyers, academics, businessmen and youths who participated in the “February 17th revolution” formed committees to organise themselves and run cities and towns.

Who is in charge?

At the beginning of March, as the crisis looked set to drag on and increasingly bore the hallmarks of a civil war, opposition officials in Benghazi, Libya’s second city and the rebel stronghold, announced they were setting up a national council to co-ordinate between opposition-controlled areas and reach out to the international community. Eager for the uprising to be seen as a nationwide and not just an eastern-led rebellion, officials said the council would have 30 members (later increased to 31) with representatives from across the country, including Tripoli, the capital. Mustafa Abdul Jalil, a judge from the eastern town of al-Bayida who resigned as justice minister after the uprising began, was named as its leader.

Although he had been a member of the regime, opposition officials said Mr Abdul Jalil had regularly criticised the government, had sought to resign in March 2010 and was seen as “clean” and “transparent.” Importantly in a country where Col Gaddafi’s cult of personality had dominated for four decades, he was also considered as someone who had a national profile.

Two other men were tasked with communicating the council’s message to the outside world - Mahmoud Jebril, who had been involved in a project to bring reforms to Libya before the uprising, and Ali Aziz al-Eisawi, who had been Libya’s ambassador to India but was the first among several envoys to resign during the crisis. They initially based themselves in Cairo but have been travelling extensively meeting senior western diplomats, arguing the case for international recognition for the council, as well as an UN-backed no-fly zone and air strikes against the regime’s bases.

The council describes itself as a transitional body that will lead until Col Gaddafi’s is ousted then help prepare a new constitution so the country can move to multi-party democratic elections. Many of its members have not been named for security reasons.

Who are the rebel fighters?

The opposition’s disorganisation and lack of clear leadership structures has been at its most conspicuous with its fighting forces. Army, air force, and naval personnel defected to the opposition, but their strength and capacity, as well as who led them, has often been unclear. When Col. Gaddafi’s forces launched counter-offensives in the east, most of the rebel fighters were young volunteers in looted uniforms who careered into battle in pick-up trucks with virtually no training. The defected army units, officers said, supported them with arms and some volunteer officers, but there was no mass movement of the professional soldiers as army officers spoke of shoring up the defences of territory under opposition control.

A military council under the national council, was set up to co-ordinate security matters, headed by Omar Hariri, who was involved in the 1969 coup that brought Col Gaddafi to power, but was later jailed. His prominence rose after Libyan state television broadcast a tape of what it purported was a telephone conversation between him and the US ambassador.

Another key figure on the opposition’s military front is General Abdul Fatah Younis. He was also involved in the 1969 coup and was a seen as an integral part of the regime and close ally of Col. Gaddafi until the uprising wrought bloodshed on Benghazi. He resigned as interior minister around February 20 and used his post as head of Libya’s special forces to support the civilian fighters. However, some Libyans are still wary of his true loyalties. As the regime forces moved eastwards towards Benghazi, the army appeared to take on a more active role.
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