Allies See East Libya's Military as 'Hopeless'
It is a recurring theme since the massive protests in East Libya became a civil war – the rebel forces are full of vigor, but light on experience. Indeed, they are so disorganized that they can’t stand up to the regime’s forces.
One would have assumed, over a month later, that the rebels had gotten their act together. This appears not to be the case, however, as Western nations, particularly the US, are warning that the rebels remain “hopelessly” disorganized.
The rebels have some defectors, but their rank and file are largely student protesters turned would-be fighters. They seem to be able to keep the regime out of their capital of Benghazi, but attempts at an offensive always stall.
US officials say that is unlikely to change, and while NATO is backing the rebels with air support, it could take many years from them to have a fighting force capable of conquering the western cities.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- ISIS Gains Have Syrians Pushing Assad for More Airstrikes - August 22nd, 2014
- Before Failed Rescue, US Was Asking Around About Hostages - August 22nd, 2014
- As War Escalates, Obama Makes ISIS 'Enemy Number One' - August 22nd, 2014
- FBI Admits: No Credible Threats to US From ISIS - August 22nd, 2014
- NATO Reiterates Claims of 'Alarming' Russia Build-up Near Ukraine - August 22nd, 2014