Libyan rebels recaptured the eastern oil town of Ras Lanuf and advanced farther west on Sunday, reclaiming territory after western air strikes destroyed regime tanks, armoured personnel carriers, rocket launchers and trucks.
The rapid push westwards by opposition forces, who just over a week ago had been under siege in Benghazi, underlined how air strikes against Muammer Gaddafi’s forces by US, French, Canadian and British fighter jets have changed the dynamics of the conflict.
The rebels, mostly volunteers with little or no training and light weapons, had been overwhelmed by the better equipped and better trained regime forces. But western intervention in the oil-rich nation has meant that Colonel Gaddafi’s air superiority has vanished, making it highly risky for his troops to move along flat, open desert highways that link east and west.
The opposition advance appeared only possible because of the damage inflicted by western air strikes on pro-Gaddafi troop positions in Ajdabiya, seen as the gateway to the east, over the weekend.
The rebel forces had spent several days trying to retake the town last week but they were unable to overcome regime troops at the main entrances to Ajdabiya, where they had dug in T-72 tanks and set up artillery positions. But western jets bombed the regime forces’ armour, with at least 22 wrecked tanks littering main junctions in and around Ajdabiya.
The rebels then moved west, retaking the oil town of Brega and Ras Lanuf, meeting little resistance.
The advance means the rebels control the main oil refineries and terminals in the east. They reportedly reached the town of Bin Jawad – the most westerly point they controlled briefly this month before being pushed back to Benghazi.
2011-03-30 14:16 编辑：icetonado
利比亚总理兼国防部长，卡扎菲向法国总统萨科齐（Nicolas Sarkozy）、英国首相卡梅伦（David Cameron）和联合国秘书长潘基文（Ban Ki-moon）发了一封信，摘要如下：
Scott Bobb | Johannesburg March 22, 2011 - South African President Jacob Zuma has warned that the Western-led bombings of Libyan military installations must not target civilians.