Libya Rebel: NATO 'Too Slow' on Airstrikes

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Libyan rebels are complaining that NATO has been slow to launch airstrikes against government forces.

Opposition fighters have been trying to oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi for weeks. NATO's airstrikes allowed them to push back against Gadhafi's troops. Now the rebels say the strikes aren't coming fast enough.

"NATO is not doing their job. The airstrikes are late and never on time. NATO is not helping us," complained Pvt. Mohammed Abdullah, a 30-year-old former member of Gadhafi's army who joined the rebel side. 

"Gahdafi still gets ammunition and supplies to his forces, that's why he is pushing us back," he said. "We don't know what he would be able to do if there are no airstrikes."

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe defended the alliance. He said the military operation is getting complicated because Gadhafi's forces are taking positions in populated areas and using trucks similar to the rebels, making it difficult for NATO aircraft to tell the two sides apart.

"The military situation in the field is confused and uncertain and the risk of engulfing exists," Juppe said in a radio interview. 

Meanwhile, Abdel-Fattah Younis, chief of staff for the rebel military and Gadhafi's former interior minister, suggested the rebel's leadership council take their grievances before the U.N.

The frustrated chief of staff said NATO's forces "don't do anything," despite the United Nations having granted them the authority to act on the opposition's behalf.

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