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Laaska News July 20,2011 – War in Libya and Related News
NATO Colonel: NATO not have direct co-ordination with Libyan rebels
BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhuanet) — NATO says that it’s not coordinating its attacks in Libya with the rebels who are fighting against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The alliance also admitted the situation in oil port Brega is “very fluid” and they are monitoring it very closely.
Speaking at a video conference in Brussels, Colonel Roland Lavoie said the alliance did not have direct contact with the rebels and only used information from “allied sources.”
Roland Lavoie, NATO colonel, said, “We do not, NATO does not have direct co-ordination with the opposition forces or the rebel forces in Brega. We don’t have contact, direct contact with them. And we follow the situation through allied information sources in the area.”
Laaska News July 18,2011
NATO strikes radar system at Tripoli airport
BRUSSELS, July 18 (Xinhua) — NATO forces destroyed on Monday an antenna radar system at Tripoli’s main airport, which was being used solely for military purposes, the military alliance said.
“The antenna, which was previously used for civilian air traffic control, was being used by pro-Gaddafi forces to track NATO air assets in the airspace over Tripoli and to coordinate their own air defense early warning system,” NATO said in a statement.
“This information was provided to the pro-Gaddafi forces with the intent of coordinating their tactical operations against NATO air assets and Libyan civilians,” the statement said.
According to the statement, NATO will continue to “control Libyan airspace in order to ensure the safe entrance of all legitimate humanitarian or diplomatic flights entering Libya.”
Libyan rebels claim control of Brega
TRIPOLI, July 18 (Xinhua) — Libyan rebels said that they retook the eastern oil town of Brega, pan-Arab Al-Jazeera TV reported Monday.
The rebel fighters encircled Brega, but its streets were littered with landmines, making it hard to secure full control of the area, said the rebel spokesman Shamisddin Abdulmolah.
The government forces retreated to Ras Lanuf to the west, he added.
Libyan officials in Tripoli have made no comment on any fighting in Brega.
The Libyan rebels’ victory in the oil port city came days after dozens of countries, part of the Libya Contact Group, announced that they recognized the Libyan rebels’ council as the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people.
Brega, nestled at the southeastern tip of the Gulf of Sierte has changed hands multiple times during Libya’s unrest, which soon enters its fifth month.
Brega’s vast oil refinery and storage facilities, if intact, could provide fuel and a much-needed income stream for the rebels.
Tripoli and some western provinces remain under Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s control while the rebels hold Benghazi, most of the east and several western cities.
Misurata suffers from rockets attacks for weeks
Fire burns on a farm after it was hit by a rocket in a civilian residence in Misurata, Libya, July 17, 2011. The surrounded area of Misurata is suffering from missiles and rockets attacks for weeks leaving tens of civilians dead or wounded. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)