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Libya’s rebels will need training, not just guns ANALYSIS 04/01/2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Libya’s rebels will need training, not just guns

ANALYSIS

04/01/2011
WASHINGTON — If the West decides to arm Libya’s disorganized rebel forces, they will have to deploy trainers on the ground and not merely deliver crates of weapons, former US officers and officials said.

With opposition forces in a panicky retreat in the face of tank and artillery fire from Moamer Kadhafi’s troops, the United States and its allies are weighing arming the rebels to back up an air campaign already under way.

The opposition lacks anti-tank weapons, radios and other basics, but above all the disjointed, chaotic force needs some rudimentary training, experts said Wednesday.

Just providing equipment without instruction would mean “a lot of money that would be wasted,” said Dakota Wood, a retired Marine officer and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments..... MORE

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