Areas in the North African state of Libya that are under threat by monarchists and CIA-financed counter-revolutionaries. Gaddafi addressed the country on March 2, 2011 saying the U.S. imperialists face a bloody war if they invade the country., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
UK to deploy troops on Libyan border
Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:15AM
British Defense Secretary Liam Fox has announced plans to deploy
British troops on the Libyan border with Tunisia.
In a parliamentary session on Wednesday, Fox claimed the British
troops will be dispatched to the border to enforce “safe havens” for
more than 30,000 civilian refugees fleeing from attacks by Libyan
ruler Muammar Gaddafi's troops, the Independent reported.
He also asserted that the troop deployment would be within the terms
of a UN resolution authorizing military action in Libya.
Defying warnings that the UK may have to prepare itself for a long
war, Fox reiterated that British operation in Libya “isn't
However, he rejected suggestions that the Libyan war has reached a
stalemate, saying “politically, economically, [and] militarily, we are moving forward.”
Despite economic austerity measures adopted by the British government,
the defense minister insisted that the required funds would be
allocated to continue operations in Libya for as long as necessary.
“We are not going to be limited by pounds, shillings and pence but we
have the resolve to see through the mission,” he said.
Since the revolution against Colonel Gaddafi's regime began in
mid-February, tens of thousands have been killed and injured in
clashes between Libyan revolutionaries and pro-Gaddafi forces.
US Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz estimated on Wednesday that the
number of Libyan fatalities since the revolution in the North African
country began may be as high as 30,000 people.
Meanwhile, many civilians have reportedly been killed since the
Western coalition unleashed a major air campaign against Libyan forces
on March 19 under a UN mandate, namely to “protect the Libyan