Libya Rebels Press NATO for More Ammunition

NATO Strikes Camels Loaded Down With Ammo in South

The rebel forces in Western Libya’s city of Misrata are once again pushing NATO to fuel the ongoing civil war, cautioning that they are “dangerously low” on ammunition and urgently need more to continue fighting the stalemated civil war.

The rebel leadership complained through the BBC that the lack of NATO-provided weapons and ammo were “stalling their efforts” in the ongoing war, during which very little territory has actually changed hands.

Rebels in the nation’s southeast are also reporting that NATO has stopped a major caravan of camels loaded down with weapons and ammunition, with one commander rpeorting that hundreds of camels were involved in an effort to bring weapons in from Chad. All the gear was apparently destroyed and the camels slain in a NATO strike.

Though the rebels have repeatedly pressed NATO for weapons so far only France has actually delivered any. Those weapons were dropped in a remote area south of Tripoli, however, and reportedly many wound up in northwestern Africa, in the hands of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.