NATO’s covert hand crucial in rebel advance on Tripoli

Published: 23 August, 2011, 03:52

During the months of fighting in Libya, NATO provided crucial assistance to the rebels far beyond air strikes on Gaddafi’s key communications and weapons facilities. Surveillance, private contractors and military instructors have helped to turn rebel groups into a force able to storm Tripoli.

Moreover, the aid included logistic technicians, security advisers and forward air controllers for the rebel army, as well as intelligence operatives, damage assessment analysts and other experts, the Associated Press news agency reported, citing a diplomat at NATO headquarters in Brussels who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.



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