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ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY BY DAN CORNFIELD You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy The fig...
ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY BY DAN CORNFIELD You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy The fighting between rebels and pro-government forces in Libya moved into its third month with no major advances. The battle for control of the country is now widely described as a stalemate, but BBC’s Jon Leyne reports that despite NATO involvement and air strikes, the ground war rages on. Leyne- This is urban warfare of the nastiest kind... on the one hand you have the rebels fighting the government and on the other government forces appear to be randomly shelling and using sniper fire in civilian areas. Rebel forces continue to hold the port city of Misrata', but are under constant fire. CNN’s Fred Pleitgen explains the mentality among Gadhafi’s forces as they continue to shell the port city. Pleitgen- At this point in time, they don’t feel very much threatened by the rebels, they also don’t feel very much threatened by NATO. They feel that they also have a lot of reserves in their military. One of the interesting things they’ve told me is that of course Libya has military reserves like any other country, they haven’t called those up yet. So it looks like stalemate really is the right word in all of this. There is very little movement on the front. France has said NATO is not doing enough while Great Britain urges the United States to increase its air support of the rebels. According to the Wall Street Journal, the ongoing stalemate is good for Gadhafi. “As the conflict drags on, Gadhafi is playing for a stalemate that leaves him in control of Tripoli and other coastal cities, buying time to fight another day. The Gadhafis last week put forward a peace entreaty... The opposition Transitional National Council rejected this laughable plan outright, but one of these days the rebels may be pressured to strike a deal.” Some governments including Qatar and Italy support the supply of arms to the rebels. Maj. General Bob Scales (Ret.) tells Fox News that unless the rebels regain momentum, Gadhafi could wipe out the rebel forces. Scales- “From a military perspective it’s a stalemate. Now we haven’t talked about the psychological impact, the economic and the political pressure on Gadhafi, but if you look at strictly from what we military guys call ground truth, its clearly at best a stalemate or sadly it may very well be shifting over to Gadhafi’s favor.” Stalemate could lead to a long-term civil war. The Christian Science Monitor points out a stalemate could be the worst possible outcome. “A divided Libya with Qaddafi holding on in Tripoli sends shudders down the spine. Entrenched civil war would likely only continue, opening the door to regional instability. The United States warns of another Somalia in the making, a failed state of lawlessness and chaos that serves as a launching pad for pirates and terrorists.” Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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