Government forces have been thrown out of Benghazi after intense fighting which saw the city change hands several times. FLA command structure knows that in order for them to have any kind of chance, they must at the very least wrestle control of the eastern portion of the nation from the Government. Three objects are key in order for this to happen, the first being the city of Benghazi, then the town of Qaminis and the third to be discussed later. With the fall of Benghazi, the next objective is the town of Qaminis, which was defended by several Government Brigades of the Libyan army, 2 tank brigades protecting her right flank, and 3-4 more Infantry Brigades protecting her southern or left flank. The FLA committed over 8 Infantry Brigades to this fight along with their single Tank Bltn with artillery in support. This time the Egyptians threw in artillery, fighterbomber support and again after intense back and fourth fighting which saw this town change hands several times, the FLA with Egyptian support finally threw Government forces out of the town. Qaddafi launched a counter attack with tank and infantry units which for a brief time saw Government forces back in control of the town, this was however short lived.
The Egyptians: their main effort is on the central front which is mainly dessert and better suited for tanks. Qaddafi's forces in this sector comprise several infantry Brigades, 2-3 Tank destroyer regiments dug into entrenchments. The Egyptians though have amassed almost the entire 1st Army Corps in this sector and have been taking on a more offensive role than their original plan had called for. The Egyptians have been grinding away at Qaddafi's forces day in and day out meeting with success in almost all engagements up to date.
As for the Egyptian air campaign though, this is another story. The Egyptians have been attempting to gain control of the air but so far the Libyan airforce has proven to be a harder nut to crack than previously thought. As of now, the air campaign is at a stalemate, but this soon may change, as almost all raw material mines with the exception of 1 have fallen into FLA hands. So now this maybe a matter of time before Qaddafi runs out of the goods he needs to produce his planes and tanks. This brings us to the southern front where the AFL has her second theater of operations.
AFL - The AFL command has created the 1st Army Corps for operations on the southern front for Eastern Libya. This is where the last raw material mines and oil fields are found which allow Qaddafi to continue the war. The AFL 1st Corps has mobilized some 7 Infantry Brigades and 1 Rebel Brigade for a total of around 32,000 men. Their object is to secure territory for the new Government and capture Qaddafi's mines and his oil fields. The offensive began without a hitch into the rugged terrain of this part of Libya without meeting any resistance to speak of until they reached the first mines. There Qaddafi had 2 Commando Brigades waiting for them. The first attack failed with heavy casualties on the FLA side which resulted in defeat. The only artillery the FLA has in this sector of the front are the mortars which each Brigade has with them no more. One more attack is launched and this time a foot hold on one of the mines has been secured. Now though, AFL forces are being hammered from the air, causing Egypt to divert 3 Fighter groups from the north towards this new front.
Qaddafi realizing that he has been caught flat footed in this vital area, is rushing whatever he can south, along with whatever air units he can spare from the north. This has amounted to 3 Fighter Grps and 2 Fighterbomber groups. Qaddafi has also ordered the mobilization of a new Army corps made up of Tribal militia and some regular infantry amounting to 6-8 Brigades worth of troops which have begun to mobilize. As for regular army units heading south this comprises 2 Airborne, and 1 Commando Brigade and this is all he has until this new corps has fully mobilized.
Sudanese front: This front has remained somewhat quiet after the capture of the Egyptian town of Halaib. The Sudanese have completed their main objective of tying down Egyptian forces preventing them from being sent toward the Libyan battlefield. Egypt on the other hand has been busy mobilizing several artillery and infantry formations for the 2nd Army Corps who juridiction is the southern portion of Egypt. Egypt struck Sudanses forces around the town with air strikes, artillery barrages until she was able to force out the Sudanese and regaining this town. Egypt has even managed to move into Sudan itself, causing the Government in Khortum to panic asking for a cease-fire,which Cairo has so far rejected.
This is the situation as it stands now, with pictures to follow shortly!
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