“Qaddafi Running out of Ammunition”, Pro-Qaddafi Captives
Under tough NATO strikes and low spirits, Qaddafi troops seem to be depending mainly on fighters from the south of the Great Desert to try to respond to rebels’ operations in east and west.
Two officers of the Qaddafi army and three fighters from the Great Desert have been arrested by Libyan rebels in a mountainous area western Libya. They said Qaddafi troops are running out of ammunition and fuel.
Qaddafi depends on foreign fighters because several Libyan soldiers are scattered in different places: some of them are fighting their own relatives (who are against Qaddafi), others are fighting rebels and the third team is losing trust in Qaddafi, who controlled the country for many years.
The pro-Qaddafi captives were interviewed separately inside the prison controlled by rebels in Zleitan city.
They said more than half of the pro-Qaddafi forces that fight in frontlines are not Libyans…they are from Niger and Mali.
But it’s still unclear the role those foreign fighters play in Libya and captives’ stories do not offer so much about that.
Qaddafi’s aides deny using any foreign elements. They keep saying the Qaddafi forces are still strong wit high spirits at the time Saif al Islam said in a recent interview that strength of the Libyan army is not perfect.
Saif al Islam also said: “One of our biggest mistakes was our delay in buying weapons, specially from Russia, and our delay in building a strong army” in a recent interview with Russian Today , an English-language newspaper.
Jameel – a pro-Qaddafi officer detained last Wed. after rebels controlled Qawalish city – said foreign fighters were positioned in frontlines.
Jameel and a group of pro-Qaddafi fighters are kept in a school library used by rebels as a detention camp.
Jameel said he and his friends remained in their positions until rebels stopped their operations with heavy weapons on Qawalish and then thought of escaping or surrendering.
Jameel asked to be named by his first name only for fear his family might be assaulted by Qaddafi forces if he disclosed his full name.
“I surrendered. We wanted to stop that killing and we had not enough ammunition,” Jameel said.
He also said Libyan soldiers in the Qaddafi army do not want to carry weapons against their relatives.
“The Libyan sniper cannot open fire at another Libyan. Non-Libyans do that,” he noted.
Qaddafi has long been depending on foreign elements to support his armed forces.