By David Vance On March 9th, 2011 at 9:56 am
More awkwardness for our Military cutting Coalition Government;
Britain would not be able to patrol a no-fly zone over Libya without switching resources from Afghanistan, military experts warned yesterday. A leading defence think-tank said it was difficult to see how the UK could contribute enough aircraft to stop Gaddafi attacking rebel forces and civilians from the air without hampering the fight against the Taliban. The comments by analysts at the respected International Institute for Strategic Studies were certain to prove embarrassing for David Cameron, who has called for an international no-fly zone to ground the Libyan air force.
So, even as the US and UK contemplate such no fly zone action, those who will be tasked to carry it out contemplate doing so knowing that there is not adequate resource. Heard that one before? If the UK cuts back on the maintenance of our. Armed Forces, it can also forget about these kind of actions.
By David Vance On March 2nd, 2011 at 9:46 am
Looks like the mad Colonel is not going down without a fight!
Forces loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are moving into rebel territory in the east, capturing an oil installation in the town of Brega. The BBC’s John Simpson in the nearby city of Ajdabiya says the 100-vehicle convoy is expected to head towards it, and an arms dump there has been bombed. The city’s defenders are in a high state of excitement and expecting an attack, our correspondent says.
How will this end? Could Ghadaffi retain control of part of Libya? Are the opposition trained and armed enough to counter his stormtroopers? The US seems determined NOT to get involved in any military sense based on the measly comments from Robert Gates so it looks like the Libyan rebels are on their own. Meanwhile the UN squeaks and makes its usual inanities even as its very own Human Rights Council contains…Libya.