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LIBYAN FIGHTERS JOIN SYRIAN REBELLION TO KIND OF HELP WITH THEIR THING
August 14 2012
Aleppo, Syria – When the battles in Syria first began most of the world had hoped that it would end up in a very similar manner to what had happened in Tunisia and Egypt. The last thing anyone had wanted was for the country to become mired in conflict as had happened in Libya resulting in international action to aid a Civil War.
Of course things in Syria did not go smoothly. There has been no clean revolution of the people, no transition to democracy. There has been war, lots of war, the likes of which have really put the fighting in Libya to shame.
Now a year after that crisis in Libya ended, some of the soldiers who successfully fought under cover of international aircraft have landed in Syria to offer some of that experience to their brothers in arms fighting for their own country. Of course because of the treacherous political situation in Syria, they will not be bringing the international air power that helped drive them to victory but at least they will be able to share the experience of having that help with Syrian forces.
“I was shocked. There is nothing you are told that can prepare you for what you see. The state of the Sunni Muslims there - their state of mind, their fate - all of those things have been slowly corroded over time by the regime,” said Irish-born Hussam Najjar who fought for his father’s nation in the Libyan conflict. “I nearly cried for them when I saw the weapons. The guns are absolutely useless. We are being sold leftovers from the Iraqi war, leftovers from this and that. Luckily these are things that we can do for them: we know how to fix weapons, how to maintain them, find problems and fix them.”
The Libyan fighters came to Syria at the request of rebel groups there who just really don’t know what they are doing.
It’s not clear what the Libyan experts actually have expertise in, having fought a six month war, that the more battle-hardened Syrian forces wouldn’t already know.
“It’s cool and all that they are getting help of some kind which is something that, frankly, they really do need there in Syria. Realistically the kind of help they need is the kind these Libyan fighters got, which is international forces bombing the enemies but apparently that is not something they are bringing with them,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “That’s really too bad because that is the kind of thing that could change the whole makeup of the war. Just kind of coming over to help out, that’s not quite as helpful but at least it won’t hurt, probably.”
Libyan forces also benefited from a no-fly zone, supply drops, and Special Forces training all of which they will not be bringing with them.
“There has been some help, very limited, given to the Syrian rebel forces but not enough to help them become a real fighting force. When NATO stepped in they allowed these disparate groups to come together and fight as a single force but that is something that has eluded the Syrian rebellion thus far,” continued Hander. “Without that, all the expertise in the world isn’t going to help all that much. I mean it’s nice that they have people who know how to fix guns but guns, honestly, don’t do a whole lot against airplanes, not even Syrian airplanes.”
Libyan forces have also, reportedly, started to feud with Syrian rebels causing a rift in the new alliance.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent