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Libyan rebel forces retreat

Forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi advanced rapidly on Wednesday, seizing towns they ceded just days ago after intense allied airstrikes and hounding rebel fighters into a chaotic retreat.

The New York Times report gives a strong impression that the divide in the capabilities between the rebels and the Libyan military is great, and that allied bombing attacks are not entirely effective in easing the gap.  The article also notes the Chinese opinion on the issue, saying

In Beijing, the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, criticized France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, in China for a meeting of finance officials, saying the Western air campaign he championed risked killing even more civilians than the attacks it was meant to stop.

“If the military action brings disaster to innocent civilians, resulting in an even greater humanitarian crisis, then that is contrary to the original intention of the Security Council resolution,” Mr. Hu is said to have told Mr. Sarkozy, state news media reported.

 

 

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