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Gaddafi promotes entire army

Libya ruler promotes all army members; US: Attacks reduce Gaddafi's control over troops

Published: 03.25.11, 20:48 / Israel News

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is promoting all members of his armed forces, Libyan state television said on Friday.


"(The) brother leader of the revolution has issued a decision to promote all members of the armed people who are currently drafted in his various military units for their heroic and courageous fight against the crusader, colonialist assault," Libyan state TV said in a written announcement.

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"The promotion includes all members of the general security and police."


Libyan TV did not specify exactly how the promotions would work or whether personnel would receive extra pay.


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Meanwhile, US Vice Admiral Bill Gortney said on Friday that coalition attacks on Gaddafi's forces have reduced his ability to exercise command over his ground forces and there are reports he has begun arming volunteers.


Gortney, the director of the US military's Joint Staff, said US forces were preparing to hand off control of the no-fly zone over Libya to NATO command but would remain responsible for air-to-ground attacks to protect civilians until an agreement can be reached for their handover.


Earlier, Canadian Defense Minister Peter Mackay that Lt.-Gen. Charles Bouchard of Canada's armed forces has been designated to lead the alliance's military campaign in Libya.


Associated Press contributed to the story



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