Strained Internal Conflict in Libya Persists

The story:

In perilous land of Libya, pro-government military and civilian forces carry on battling anti-government military and civilian forces over the crucial oil refineries in the western city of Zawiya and eastern city of Brega. The Wall Street Journal reports President Barack Obama’s most recent comments on the fighting: that Col. Moammar Ghadafi must abdicate his power, that U.S. aircraft is helping to safely fly home Egyptian refugees from the Libya-Tunisia border, and that the U.S. is able to response speedily “if civilians were finding themselves trapped and in great danger.” WSJ’s article also details the details of the struggles in both Brega (eastern Libya) and Zawiya (western Libya), highlighting that Col. Ghadhafi’s jets allegedly bombed Brega Wednesday morning, and that the oil refinery in Zawiya is under government control, even though the refinery’s chairman said he has no involvement in the fights happening outside his facility. One higher-up at the refinery said Zawiya is “besieged, and we do not even have children’s milk.” The report also detail the three main checkpoints on the road leading to Zawiya, which maintain control with armed gunmen, fully-equipped tanks and banners which read “Moammar.” Some pro-government soldiers shouted, “You’re reporters. Report the truth!” In Brega, rebel soldiers captured five, young men who they want to interrogate and put through the litigation to see if they’re pro-Gadhafi. Nearly 12 people died in Brega a day earlier. The U.S. is also ready to declare Libyan air a no-fly zone, which would require an attack on Libya’s air force bases.

My Take:

Although initially the story’s tone seems monotonous by constantly repeating “Obama said” at the start of each graph, it generally outline’s well the whole of the story, from where the U.S. stands to what exactly has occurred in Libya. Also, with a steady flow, it moves its subjects along well, from Obama’s statements to the events in Brega and Zawiya to the feelings of oil factory workers and civilians. It’s one tight piece of reportage.


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