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Ex-Libyan army colonel says 'Gaddafi's regime is falling apart'

August 14, 2011 - Tripoli

An imprisoned Libyan army colonel has said that the country's embattled leader Muammar al-Gaddafi's regime is driven with division and is in the process of being collapsed.

Colonel Wissam Miland, who surrendered to the rebel forces two months ago, said that Gaddafi's military hangs together through coercion and mercenary-enforced martial law, but that infighting is rife.

"I think it will soon collapse," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Miland, as saying.Among the militias, the Libyan soldiers were starting to fight with the foreign mercenaries, there are many problems," he added.

The prospect that Gaddafi's use of foreign mercenaries may be backfiring would also raise hopes that the regime could run out of options.

Miland, however, warned that Gaddafi is also successfully using economic, social and political levers to sustain his regime.

"Most of the soldiers are illiterate, they are just trained very hard and they are told that Gaddafi is the most important person in the world, 'Your life depends on Gaddafi, if Gaddafi loses, you lose'," he said.

"Most soldiers fight, because they do believe that without Gaddafi they cannot live," he added.

He also pointed out that with the increasing death toll, there are signs that Gaddafi's war effort has gathered some self-sustaining momentum.

"Some people are fighting not because they like him, but because their cousins or relatives have been killed," Miland added.


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