via Dennis South
Over the past 2 weeks, NATO and the rats have suffered 16 major losses:
1. The Libyan Defense Forces re-captured Brega. That’s the oil port where they ship out oil. It’s what NATO wanted to capture, and hold, more than anything. They have NEVER been able to hold Brega, and it is now in the hands of Gaddafi.
2. The Libyan Defense Forces re-captured Ras Lanouf, an important oil refinery. My understanding is that, due to this Jamahiriya success, oil exports from Libya have dropped from 200,000 barrels a day to 20,000, if I read correctly.
3. Their attacks on Bani Walid were rebuffed severely by the Libyan Defence Forces. The “rebels” lost 1,000 soldiers. And the defence was so strong that the rats refused their commanders’ orders to return to the fight. When asked if they were fatigued, they told their commanders, “No. We just do not wish to spill Libyan blood anymore. So, this is a turn of events that might get stronger. We’ll have to wait and see.
4. Same is the case with their attack on Sirte
5. Ditto for Sebha
6. Gaddafi now has at least 10,000 Tuaregs at his disposal (and maybe more), and some of them have crossed into Libya to help him fight. I believe they are now part of his security squad. But the other thing that happened, and that was reported even by the mainstream press, is that Saadi Gaddafi, who the press had attempted to give the impression that he had left the fight by going to Niger, has re-entered the fight. And he has the support of those 10,000 Tuaregs. I do not know if he brought all of them, but my understanding is that thousands of them are now IN LIBYA. The Tuareg council had a meeting of 3 or 4 different representatives of the Tuareg tribes of the Sahara. And they issued a WARNING to Niger: If you interfere with Gaddafi, we will overthrow your government. The Tuareg’s are KNOWN, by military experts, to be the world’s top desert fighters–barring none.
7. Other Saharan tribes and sub-tribes are rallying behind Gaddafi. These are non-Libyans and fiercely loyal to Gaddafi.
8. There’s a gradual trickle of Arab fighters, from other countries, coming to Libya to fight alongside Gaddafi. That is a big surprise, quite frankly (though it shouldn’t be). If this trend continues, it could be quite interesting, and quite positive for the Jamahiriya.
9. Although most all of Tripoli is in the hands of the “rebels,” LDF sniper-marksmen are popping off “rebels” left and right, using silencers. Also, Tripoli hospitals are FILLING UP with European mercenaries who are being shot by fighters of the resistance. It’s guerilla warfare.
10. There is mass chaos in Benghazi, the HQ of the “rebels.” Residents are flying the green flag, in defiance of the “rebels.” Al-Qaeda, which from the outset has been a major NATO-supported component of the rats wants Mustafa Abdul Jalil, head of the “rebels,” dead, and they actually announced that. The “rebels” themselves are fighting against each other, even on the battlefield.
11. The Egyptian army has not been able to stop Arab tribes from cross the Egyptian border and going into Libya to help Gaddafi.
12. The “rebels” have no chain of command, and this week they fought each other about that.
13. Some of the rebels are simply leaving the battlefield, after having attained the loot that they want–a phenomenon that Dr. Webster Tarpley predicted would happen.
14. DEBKAfile, a top Israeli military/intelligence news organ, wrote a very, very strong and interesting article in which they said, in effect, that now that Gaddafi is out in the desert, he has MORE power than when he was in Tripoli. There is now time to regroup and to plan.
15. Khamis al-Gaddafi is fighting SO well and so brilliantly, that Russian military experts that are watching the war closely stated, yesterday I think it was, that Khamis has EARNED, on the battlefield, the rank of GENERAL. That is huge. Not because of the rank title, but because this means that NATO, in Khamis alone, is in DEEP SHIT.
16. Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head rat, was forced to admit, right in front of his French masters, that Gaddafi and the Jamahiriya HAS ALL OF LIBYA’S GOLD. That’s right. Libya’s gold is in the hands of the Jamahiriya, and it’s a LOT of gold that will allow the Jamahiriya to fight for a long time to buy anything it needs. Libya is amongst the top 25 countries in terms of gold reserves, as I understand it.
My hope is that NATO has opened up a huge can of worms that will sweep across all of North Africa. The Saharan tribes have a deep reverence and respect for Gaddafi. They are not controlled by any of the governments in the region and have always lived their own life of independence and taken nothing from the various governments in parts of: Algeria, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya.
DEBKAfile pointed out that Gaddafi now has free reign to roam over 5 or 7 African countries, in the desert, and that it is “impossible” [that’s the word that was used by DEBKAfile] for NATO to cover that distance, which is about 682,000 square miles, if my memory serves me correctly–maybe more.
The whole world is waking up to what the Libyan slogan means: “All power, all wealth and all arms in the hands of the people.”
The Tuaregs made an announcement that was also a WARNING to the rebels. They said something like, “Only those people can cross our deserts WHO WE LIKE.” And they don’t like the rebels. The rebels slaughtered a group of Tuaregs in Libya and are carrying out ethnic cleansing (genocide) against Blacks in the limited areas they now control in Libya.
About Algeria: Algeria is helping Gaddafi. I refuse to believe that they’re not. It’s clear to me that they are. They have to, because Algeria shares a long border with Libya, and the AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Maghrib) is causing problems. Algeria is handling them very well. But they are 4,000 strong, and Western and Russian intelligence says that they have more weapons than anybody in the area.
Algeria will not be able to play the games that other Arab countries play. That’s my belief. Also, it is known that some Algerians have stormed some city and fought and removed some Al-Qaeda people.
Another factor is TIME. My hope–and it’s only a hope–is that even the Arabs are going to learn just who Gaddafi is. Time is allowing millions of people [quite literally] to learn more about Gaddafi. Those who, before, hated him, are now LOVING him. Everybody likes the underdog that FIGHTS BACK.