Libyan rebels: plenty of ammo to celebrate for reporters
Rebels appear to have plenty of ammo, and put on demonstrations for reporters.
There are extraordinary videos posted on the CNN site depicting the battle between rebels and pro-Gadhafi forces. They tell much about the nature of the fighting. To me, one reason for the protracted nature of it is the extreme lack of organization and discipline among the rebel forces.
Rebels have artillery and so do Gadhafi forces. Rebels seem not to be concerned about running out of ammunition and fire guns indiscriminately for news cameras.
Missing is the picture of a well mobilized fighting force that one would expect to see by now.
“Revolutionaries face fierce fight in Gadhafi's hometown
By the CNN Wire Staff
September 17, 2011 11:14 a.m. EDT
NEW: Fierce fighting erupts in Sirte, Moammar Gadhafi's birthplace
Gadahafi's fighters are putting up stiff resistance
In one Sahara town, a peaceful transfer of power takes place
Residents burn the green flag of Gadhafi's regime
Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- In the final battles of the Libyan civil war, Moammar Gadhafi's forces put up stiff resistance again Saturday as revolutionaries fought to wrest control of the loyalist strongholds of Sirte and Bani Walid.
Fierce fighting erupted in Sirte, the birthplace of Gadhafi and home to his tribe.
At least eight anti-Gadhafi fighters were killed and 31 others, wounded, said Ali Gheliwan, a spokesman for the Misrata Military Council.
NATO planes, meanwhile, bombed targets in the Sirte area Friday. But Gadhafi's forces unleashed hails of gunfire, using snipers in tall buildings to target their enemies.
Expected support from Sirte residents did not materialize as loyalists fought house to house with unexpected intensity. The revolutionaries were forced to retreat after the chaotic urban warfare.”