Three months after French jets flew their first missions over eastern Libya, NATO is still pounding targets across the country in what has become a war fought on multiple fronts, but with few clear victories for either side.
|Libyan women and supporters of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi wear army fatigues and hold up weapons as they attend a women's forum in Tripoli on June 25, 2011|
As "Operation Unified Protector" approaches its 5000 strike sortie, NATO is still hitting around 50 targets a day, mostly in or around Tripoli and Misrata in the west; Brega in the east; and the Nafusa Mountains to the south of the capital.
But the alliance's early success in pushing Kadhafi's forces outside striking distance of Benghazi and Misrata have not decisively tipped the balance in favour of the rebels.
It was all quiet today," said Musa Maghrebi, a rebel based at Ajdabiya, late on Sunday. "The forces are staying in position."
Only in the Nafusa Mountains does the rebel army of ill-equipped irregulars and defectors appear to be making any sustained progress toward Tripoli.