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Vol 52 N0 7

Published 1st April 2011


Libya

A family at war

The tight circle of loyalists around the Gadaffi clan hope their military dominance and diplomatic tactics will derail the rebellion

The resilience of Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi’s regime after ten days of aerial bombardment combined with the military weakness of the opposition groups has prompted Britain, France and the United States to step up involvement in the war. With few signs of the regime’s early collapse, the need for a quick resolution is dominating the coalition’s tactics. The first public sign of that was US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s view – expressed at the London Conference on Libya on 29 March – that United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 would allow the arming of opposition forces.

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