25 Feb '11, 9am

Son's unit may be one of Gaddafi's last lines of defence: WASHINGTON… #FreeAssangeNow

WASHINGTON - MUAMMAR Gaddafi's grip on power may depend in part on the performance of an elite military unit led by one of the Libyan leader's younger sons, according to US and European national security and intelligence officials. US and European officials, as well as secret State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks, describe Libya's 32nd Brigade, led by Mr Gaddafi's son Khamees, as a relatively well-equipped special forces outfit that, in the words of one cable, is one of the Libyan leader's last-ditch 'regime protection units'. The 32nd is the most elite of three 'regime protection units', which together total about 10,000 men, US officials said. These units are the only armed forces directly loyal to Mr Gaddafi, while the rest of the military is made up primarily of conscripts and and is seeing heavy desertion, they said. Some witnesses in Libya say the 32nd Brigad...

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