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.