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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 04:23 PM
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132. A few answers from NATO
Edited on Tue Apr-05-11 04:24 PM by tabatha
Answering earlier criticism by insurgents that air power became less effective with the alliance in control, NATO officials said the presence in Libyan skies was undiminished.

But Van Uhm said Gaddafi was using civilians as human shields and hiding his armor in populated areas, curbing NATO's ability to hit targets. "The operational tempo remains, but we have seen a change of tactics (from Gaddafi)," he said. "When human beings are used as shields we don't engage."

"They are using more and more trucks and light vehicles ... and they are keeping more heavy equipment like armored vehicles (hidden)," said Van Uhm, who added that the end result was that Gaddafi was prevented from using heavy armor.

Diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in the oil producing nation have failed to make progress with the government side offering concessions, but insisting Gaddafi stay in power, and rebels adamant that Libya's leader for the past 41 years leave.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/05/us-libya-idUS...
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