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Libyan special forces in the battle for Tripoli
Material posted: Publication date: 14-09-2011

Sources which covered developments in Libya, contain very few examples of the so-called "classic" special operations forces of Gaddafi. It has a number of reasons. The subjective side is the fact that such things were not profitable to cover Western and "joined" to them, the media by definition. And objective is the relatively low number of units for special purposes in the armed forces of Libya, a limited amount of tasks they perform, and the desire not to publicize their activities in principle.

It is also important that the Libyans is the Bedouins, and they are quite militant. For example, Bedouin tribal units are in the service in the Israeli army and their strong point is intelligence and sabotage actions. And the Israeli military say that among the Bedouins of the Arab world — almost the only people, representatives of which really knew how to fight. It was planned that in the event of a ground invasion the above factor could lead NATO to the need to resist large-scale reconnaissance-sabotage on its facilities. And the problem of combating such an opponent remains unresolved even in these high-tech armed forces, as British or American.

The proof of this is to a certain extent we have been able to observe. After all, after you begin bombing and missile attacks on Libya by the NATO forces favorable to Gaddafi, the situation in the country has changed dramatically. The Libyan army lost the ability to use aircraft and armored vehicles, which the invaders destroyed from the air in locations. Regular units of the left part of previously liberated territories in the East. But soon, the Libyan army is very professionally began to use counter-insurgency tactics of warfare in the desert, the inherent divisions "SWAT", first used on this land during the Second world war units "SAS".

As for the "special forces" armed forces of Libya, we saw certain paradoxes.

In particular, special action against leaders of the opposition, disrupt their command and control, destruction of essential infrastructure in the rear of the rebels took place mainly in a limited (if not minimal) . The only question is who carried out: the special purpose units of the regular Libyan army, or other units or armed groups of the local population?

But how was a civil war, fits into the concept of "organization of the resistance movement" (the forming of armed units from the local population and their operations against the forces of the opposition) as a form of special operations. And I must say that the resistance movement on the side of government forces had a strong influence on the course and duration of the conflict. And the techniques and methods of their actions is largely the same methods of carrying out anti-sabotage operations as a form of special operations.

But, in this case, their formation and management in the hostilities were engaged not only the staff of special forces of the Libyan army, and other primarily military authorities and local civil authorities. It is therefore evident that the organization of the resistance movement, the formation of militia units should fall not only on the "special forces", but, above all, the territorial military authorities, regional divisions of law enforcement and intelligence agencies and local authorities.

It should also be mentioned that the topic of "special forces" did not go by the Libyan rebels. For example, shortly after their seizure of Tripoli Associated Press circulated information that "the new authorities" of Libya organizovannoe combat unit, which is tasked to catch Muammar Gaddafi. The rebel leadership has explained the creation of new "special forces" that the former head of Libya continued to the time of the decision to stay in the country. In particular, there was his call on the Syrian television station, which Gaddafi had made a statement that he is still in Libya and ready to smash the rebels.

"Associated Press" quoted the representative of the rebels Anis Sharif, who said that they know how hiding them from Gaddafi: "We track its movement. He's moving in a small convoy of cars trying to avoid the attention of NATO or the rebels. He tries not to stay in one place for more than two or three hours". There is information that the most important assistance in the capture of Gaddafi, the Transitional national Council of Libya has France, whose experts are trying to trace suspicious phone calls and to establish their origin. Finding Gaddafi joined the CIA and the Sof from a number of countries.

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