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Libya at the crossroads as Western powers intensify campaign

Stifling Qadhafi’s fuel supplies might end the war. But, with the country’s political structures and its economy virtually destroyed, what comes after?

NATO and the Western powers have intensified their campaign to end Muammar Qadhafi’s regime, stepping up the aerial bombing of Tripoli, and seeking to staunch the flow of fuel to the parts of Libya still under his control. As dozens of missiles landed on vehicle depots in the Bab Al Aziziyah compound in Tripoli on 23 and 24 May, the UK and France said they would send ground-attack aircraft to the front. The heavily armed UK and French helicopters are equipped with night vision. Their deployment is an admission that although air strikes continue to destroy stationary infrastructure critical to Qadhafi’s war effort, the jets have been unable to stop the fighting on the ground. Loyalist troo

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