[Marxism] US "Militant" greets NATO-backed rebel victory in Libya
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Sat Aug 27 08:18:20 MDT 2011
Rebel forces take Tripoli
in Libyan civil war
BY BRIAN WILLIAMS
Rebel forces have taken control of most of Libyas capital city of Tripoli
as the Militant goes to press, ending nearly 42 years of the tyrannical
regime of Moammar Gadhafi. Backed by thousands of other opponents of
Gadhafis government, armed rebels stormed his fortress compound in the
center of the city, holding most of it after a fierce, daylong battle,
according to press accounts.
Since February Gadhafis bourgeois regime has brutally sought to crush a
popular uprising and defeat rebel forces in a six-month-long civil war.
Taking advantage of the situation to further imperialist economic and
political interests in the region, governments led by Washington, London,
and Paris launched a military assault on Libya in March with the aim of
replacing Gadhafi with a government more to their liking. Planes under NATO
command had conducted some 7,500 airstrikes as of August 20.
Opposition forces that day took the key oil refinery town of Zawiyah, some
30 miles west of Tripoli. They then rapidly moved toward the capital,
meeting virtually no resistance and capturing a base on the edge of the city
of one of Gadhafis top military units. More than 300 prisoners were freed,
reported Al Arabiya.
Mahmoud al-Ghwei, 20, joined the rebel convoy on its way to the capital.
Now were going to get rid of Gadhafi and get our freedom, he told Al
Arabiya. In the industrial suburb of Tajoura, residents set up a field
hospital and joined others, arms in hand, to beat back assaults by Gadhafi
loyalists, the Wall Street Journal and wire services reported.
Rebel fighters swept into Tripoli August 21, holding a rally in Green
Square, where daily pro-Gadhafi rallies had been staged. Jubilant residents
honked horns, set off fireworks and stomped on posters of Gadhafi, reported
the Washington Post. The next day government forces struck back in parts of
the city but suffered a decisive blow when Gadhafis compound was largely
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the opposition Transitional National
Council based in Benghazi in eastern Libya, has said the council is ready to
take control. He, like some other council members, was part of Gadhafis
government until breaking earlier this year. The council has supported the
massive NATO air assaults, collaborating with French and British special
forces and CIA operatives on the ground to organize the attacks.
NATO stepped up bombardments in and around Tripoli, hitting 22 targets
August 20, with assistance of six armed U.S. Predator drones, reported the
Post. According to Pentagon figures, Washingtonwhich since April has
organized key military support but left most airstrikes to London and
Parisnearly doubled air attacks on Libya August 11-22, compared to sortie
strikes the previous four months.
According to the New York Times, an unnamed senior U.S. military officer
said that small teams of American military and other government weapons
experts are making contingency plans to enter Libya to take control of
An international force
is likely to be needed for some time to restore
and maintain order, wrote Richard Haas, president of the Council of Foreign
Relations, in the August 22 Financial Times. French Foreign Minister Alain
Juppé has called for a special meeting of the Contact Group on Libyaled by
the imperialist governments conducting the airstrikesto discuss their next
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