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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:47 PM
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Rebels Hijack Gadhafi's Phone Network
By MARGARET COKER in Abu Dhabi and CHARLES LEVINSON in Benghazi, Libya


A team led by a Libyan-American telecom executive has helped rebels hijack Col. Moammar Gadhafi's cellphone network and re-establish their own communications.

The new network, first plotted on an airplane napkin and assembled with the help of oil-rich Arab nations, is giving more than two million Libyans their first connections to each other and the outside world after Col. Gadhafi cut off their telephone and Internet service about a month ago.

That March cutoff had rebels waving flags to communicate on the battlefield. The new cellphone network, opened on April 2, has become the opposition's main tool for communicating from the front lines in the east and up the chain of command to rebel brass hundreds of miles away.

While cellphones haven't given rebel fighters the military strength to decisively drive Col. Gadhafi from power, the network has enabled rebel leaders to more easily make the calls needed to rally international backing, source weapons and strategize with their envoys abroad.

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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:03 PM
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1. huh. well that's interesting, nt
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meow mix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 02:05 PM
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2. nice.
go rebels
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