Libyan Rebels Losing Grip on Key Cities

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BY JACQUELINNE MEJIA ANCHOR SALEM SOLOMEN You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy...
BY JACQUELINNE MEJIA ANCHOR SALEM SOLOMEN You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy As fighting continues in the strategic oil town of Brega, - reports indicate the Libyan rebels are losing ground. “Well, the rebels are once again moving backwards. They’ve been trying to push forward towards Brega, they’ve sent heavy weapons up ahead to try and clear a path through for their forces, but for now, all we can see is retreat.” A reporter for Al Jazeera notes- much more sophisticated equipment will be needed by rebel forces if they’re going to topple Moammar Gaddafi’s loyalists. “There’s definitely greater discipline amongst the anti-government forces, but then again, it’s going to take much more than that. They still need much more weaponry and much more ammunition if they’re to push Gaddafi’s forces back through Brega, and further west.” And further west in the city of Misrata -the third largest city in Libya- continued shelling is weakening the rebels’ grip. A writer for the Telegraph reports Gaddafi is shelling out big bucks to anyone willing to fight for him. “Under the deal struck by Col Gaddafi with Tuareg chiefs, he is believed to pay tribal leaders 3,000 euros a head and footsoldiers up to 400 euros each, a huge sum for men from an impoverished community, to fight for him.” The Guardian reports- it doesn’t seem like the rebels or the loyalists have the upper hand- calling the fight a stalemate, for now. “The slowing of the coalition mission has only helped to contribute to a growing sense that the conflict in Libya is stumbling into a new and uncertain phase, marked not by the strengths of the opposing sides but by a realisation of their weaknesses.” The Washington Post adds- the reason rebels aren’t making much headway is because most of the fighters are totally inexperienced. “Many of the rebels had never picked up a weapon before the uprising against Gaddafi began in February, and the largely volunteer force narrowly missed being routed in March when coalition planes halted Gaddafi’s forces as they reached Benghazi, the rebel capital.” And euronews explains- perhaps the greatest example of the mistakes of this rookie army are in the ‘friendly-fire’ incident that occurred during a NATO airstrike. “Friday's bombing took place during the battle for the strategic oil town of Brega in eastern Libya. A spokesman for the National Transitional Council said the deaths were a "regrettable incident" that happened by mistake as a consequence of the advance of the revolutionaries." Reports indicate rebels were waiting on the streets leading up to Brega for coalition airstrikes to break the standstill. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy