11 Aug '11, 5pm

Bouchard : #Gaddafi regime forces continue to be weakened, both in strength and will to fight. #Feb17 #Libya

MONTREAL: Forces loyal to Libyan strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi are no longer able to launch a credible military offensive, the commander of NATO-led Libyan operations told AFP in an interview Thursday. "The Gaddafi regime's forces continue to be weakened, both in strength and their will to fight," Canada's Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard said, speaking from his Italy headquarters, as rebel troops made new advances. "They are no longer able to launch a credible offensive," he added. NATO was authorised in March by UN Security Council resolution 1973 to defend Libya's civilian population from attacks by Colonel Gaddafi's regime, which faced a popular revolt after 42 years in power. As NATO-led airstrikes have helped the rebels on the ground without managing to decisively turn the tide in the conflict, Gaddafi has brought in fighters from other African countries to bolster...

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