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Libya in limbo as fighting concentrates on oil infrastructure

“Nato: do it right or leave the fight!” reads a sign in Benghazi, heart of the rebellion against Libya’s Muammar Qadhafi

BUT LEAVING the rebels to their own devices – inadequate, poorly maintained and often ammunition-less devices – is no longer a strategy that the coalition of willing Nato powers can countenance. Dozens of burnt-out tanks on the road between Ajdabiya and Benghazi attest to a simple fact: the rebellion has survived thanks to the no-fly zone agreed by the UN on 17 March and enforced since then with Western aerial might. Bombardment from the air, not the rebels’ rusty Kalashnikovs, protected Benghazi from those tanks. UN Resolution 1973 authorises “all necessary measures” to prevent civilian deaths. It was agreed as Qadhafi’s forces bore down on Benghazi. But after a lull in Nato activity, the

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