Int'l mediation lacks progress in Libya as NATO escalates raids (2)

15:23, June 01, 2011      

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On Monday, Libyan troops launched an offensive against rebels in the vicinity of oil-rich Brega controlled by Gaddafi supporters, but didn't deal a heavy blow to rebels.

Actually, government troops and rebels across Libya have been bogged down in a fierce tug of war on the battlefield, as both sides have failed to gain an overwhelming advantage over the other.

In military strength, the rebels lag far behind government forces, but are ramping up their size and battle capacities. New recruits are also receiving longer military training than before.

NATO has recently also upgraded its air raids against targets in Tripoli, joined by British and French attack helicopters to increase attack precision.

Reports said Britain would add earth-penetrating weapons to its fighter planes to specifically attack Libyan troops' blindages and underground defense works, saying the weapons would pose a direct threat to Gaddafi, who may have been holed up beneath the ground.

As the latest in a series of defections, eight senior Libyan officials announced their breakaway from the Gaddafi camp and appeared in Italy Monday.

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Source: Xinhua
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