Thursday 17 March 2011


By day’s end, however, the loyalist army seemed to be in complete control, its tanks standing outside the gates and its soldiers moving through the town at will during the day. After nightfall they seemed to withdraw, and rebels reappeared to claim control that seemed tenuous.
The grim news from Ajdabiya was met with anger, anguish and tears by rebel leaders in Benghazi. On Tuesday afternoon, many of them privately acknowledged that an attack on the seat of rebel power was inevitable, if not imminent, and they again pleaded for Western intervention. 

Without a no-fly zone, there seems to be little hope that the revolution in Libya will be successful. 

Two days after the Sunni monarchy of Bahrain brought in 2,000 troops from Saudi Arabia and other neighboring allies under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the day after it declared martial law, security forces rolled across the center of town, taking it from the Shiite protesters who had moved in a month ago and leaving it in flames.
“The G.C.C. troops are for fighting against foreign forces,” a protester, Syed al-Alawi, told Al Jazeera. “Instead they are targeting the people of Bahrain.” 

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