Politics & Policy

Gaddafi Using Human Shields as Air Strike Defense

Another terrible if unsurprising report from Libya:

Muammar Gaddafi is using human shields to foil air strikes on his forces, NATO officials said on Wednesday as rebels angry at alleged Western inaction battled anew to advance on the key coast road.

 

In their eastern heartland, the ragged, ill-trained rebels set out again to recapture terrain lost in a headlong retreat from Gaddafi’s superior firepower, reporting heavy fighting west of their frontline town of Ajdabiyah as both sides sought to end a seesaw stalemate in the oil-producing state’s civil war.

 

Mohamed el-Masrafy, a member of a rebel special forces unit, said clashes broke out at 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) after government forces were resupplied with ammunition and rumbled eastwards out of the oil port of Brega, 80 km (50 miles) from Ajdabiyah.

Full story at Reuters.

Nat Brown is a former deputy web editor of Foreign Affairs and a former deputy managing editor of National Review Online.

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