Friday 19 January 2018

Battle-hardened rebels finally a tough, disciplined fighting force

Michael Georgy in Zawiyah, Libya

At a checkpoint on the road leading south out of Zawiyah, a rebel fighter sits at a table with a sheet of paper listing suspected agents working for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Anyone passing whose documents matches a name on the list is likely to end up in a makeshift prison attached to a nearby clinic where about 15 government soldiers are already being held.

For the rebels who made a dramatic advance to Zawiyah, 50km west of the Libyan capital, at the weekend, such evidence of organisation could be the difference between ousting Gaddafi and being forced into yet another humiliating retreat.

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