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Gaddafi's hard core stays loyal as Libya slides into all-out civil war

Peter Apps

Published 25/02/2011 | 05:00

Opposition demonstrators demand the removal of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Benghazi yesterday
Opposition demonstrators demand the removal of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Benghazi yesterday

MUAMMAR Gaddafi may have lost control of much of his country and military, but a hard core of troops will probably stay loyal as he tries to retain control of western Libya, the coastal strip and the capital Tripoli.

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Much of the oil-rich east around Benghazi appears lost. Troops melted away in the face of popular protests inspired by the overthrow of rulers in neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia, leaving it in the hands of people's militias and tribal groups.

But so far his opponents appear disparate and disorganised, with no centralised command.

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