Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fighting Continues in Az Zawiyah, Starts in Sirte, #Libya

as #Gaddafi's forces surround Az Zawiyah. In the meantime, there was a crash in Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown, between pro-Gaddafi and anti-Gaddafi forces for the first time. Al Jazeera Libya Blog (3/5/2011) reports:


The inter-tribal fighting in Sirte was sparked by one tribe refusing to support Gaddafi's fighters in Ras Lanuf yesterday, Al Jazeera Arabic reports. This has reportedly opened a political divide overnight in the city, which is home to 135,000 people - and which houses several government ministries.

For those of us geographically challenged even within our own town, here's a handy map that shows the key cities in Libya (thank you Al Jazeera):

Az Zawiyah is only about 30 Kilometers away from Tripoli.

Alain Juppe, Foreign Minister of France after the previous one had to resign for having been too cozy with the Gaddafis, is pushing for a UN resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. I'm sure it's well-intended, along with John McCain and Joe Lieberman who are itching to commit the US into Libya.

As long as the oil money (hundreds of millions of dollars) continues to flow to Gaddafi, and as long as there are people, businesses, who are more than happy to help him out in procuring arms and mercenaries, it will continue - no-fly zone or not.


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