Gaddafi Standing Firm; His Troops Continue Attack Rebels

Libyan leader  Col. Moammar Gaddafi standing pat resisting the rebels. From ABC News:

Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his supporters pressed their advantage on the battlefield today as they hammered rebel positions in the east.

They attacked the opposition in Ras Lanouf and Bin Jawad from the air and on the ground using tanks, artillery and rocket fire. The rebels fired back, but they were ultimately outmatched by Gadhafi’s supporters.

The advance has been stopped for now, and regaining the momentum they lost won’t be easy. The opposition forces are faltering because they are lacking several things that Gadhafi’s army has.

The rebels lack strong, central leadership. Several tribes are vying for power, and although fighters are highly motivated, they are also poorly trained.

“I met a guy, he’s a hairdresser,” said one member of the opposition. “I mean, I don’t know, we have another guy, he’s a farmer.”

They also had problems supplying their efforts.

When the rebels attempted to bring the fight to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, they had trouble keeping up a steady supply of food, ammunition and well-rested fighters.

The opposition has also been no match for Gadhafi’s firepower. Despite their early success using smaller weapons, the closer they got to Gadhafi’s stronghold, the more they were beaten back by heavy artillery and fighter jets.

This comes after Gaddafi attack the oil reserves and cut the output from a million barrels to half a million barrels of oil a day.

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