July 17, 2019

Libyan Foreign Minister resigns and flees to London

Look out Moussa, Muammar is behind you! Just kidding mate. Smart move though not telling Muammar you were resigning until you were safe in London.

Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Loussa has turned up in London and announced he has resigned his role in the Gaddafi government.

As one of the international faces of the Gaddafi regime Moussa’s loss is a blow for Gaddafi’s credibility on the world stage.

As far as internal matters go though, with Libyan largely shut out by the international community with little dialogue, Moussa’s role has been virtually redundant in recent weeks.

On the ground in Libya the opposition rebel commander Colonel Ahmed Banis speaking from Behghazi said the rebel fighters are executing a “tactical withdrawal” from territory they once controlled.

Gaddafi’s forces have adjusted to the NATO controlled UN no-fly zone and have been pounding rebel positions.

Any force cannot maintain the strategic initiative without heavy weapons. Especially if the opposition possesses them still in abundance.

After a seemingly final push westwards, in the last week, the rebels had taken Brega, Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad and were pressing home the attack on Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte.

Now they are being driven back by fresh units of Gaddafi loyalists who have retaken Bin Jawad, Ras Lanuf and are threatening Brega.

With NATO having now taken command of the no-fly operation, the latest pro-Gaddafi Libyan advance will be a real test of their ability to halt Gaddafi’s troops while still appeasing the interntational communities concerns over the use of excessive force against Gaddafi.

Both British Prime Minister David Cameron and United States President Barack Obama have been talking publicly about the possibility of arming the rebel forces.

Newswarped thinks that this will have already been happening in an ‘unofficial’ capacity. Their options are limited though. With tanks and artillery being too obvious and the Coalition already having command of the air, the best they can offer the rebels is hand held anti-tank rockets and small arms and ammunition.

The sound of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arguing with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe about if arming the rebels falls within the scope of the UN resolution, will be music to Gaddafi’s ears.