Germany Finances Libyan Rebels with 100 Million Euro

The German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle confirmed yesterday, 24. July, that the Federal Government has granted the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) a loan of 100 M Euro (144 M Dollars).

Since all Libyan financial assets still remain frozen the German government agreed to help out the Libyan rebels with a loan of 100 M Euro. The loan is meant to help the NTC to build administrative structures and to overcome supply problems. Germany has already spent 15 M Euro for humanitarian aid for Libyan refugees but has so far refused to take part in NATO’s military operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR.

Meanwhile, heavy fighting was reported yesterday from the area around the oil town of Brega and from the Nafusa Mountains, where Gaddafi’s and NTC forces are battling over the village of el-Gawalesh. The Nafusa mountains could be an important staging area for a decisive move of the rebels towards the capital Tripoli, but before that can happen the rebels have to sort out numerous issues. The military  command structure is haphazard, discipline non-existent and key equipment is either missing or, for lack of trained personnel, cannot be used properly.

Compared to that,  Gaddafi’s loyal forces are comparatively well equipped and organized, and they also have nowhere to go, so their motivation to go into an all-out battle would be higher than the rebel’s.

Some analysts claim, that the next five days or so will see some more heavy fighting before operations will wind down for the month of Ramadan from 1 to 29 August. But one of our own sources says, ” Gaddafi has a long history of movements and engagements during Ramadan.”

NATO warplanes have attacked targets in Tripoli again and managed to strike a command and control installation of loyalist forces on Sunday. So far, NATO planes have flown 16,444 sorties over Libya (6,185 of them were strike sorties) and the Royal Air Force has sent four additional Tornado GR.4 with reconnaissance equipment last week to increase its strength and ability in the area.

(Sources: NATO Allied Joint Force Command, EpochTimes, SpiegelOnline, Middle East & Balkans News own research; 25 July 2011)


About Johann Brandstätter

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4 Responses to Germany Finances Libyan Rebels with 100 Million Euro

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