Libyan rebels who are part of the forces against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi guard outside the refinery
reports The Independent in, "Gaddafi 'tightens grip' on Zawiya".
The problem I have with the picture is that it is of technicals; ie, mercenaries. As the wikipedia link explains, this region of the world is rife with mercenaries, people who weld a machine gun onto their Toyota jeep and use it as a weapon of war. The War Nerd also explains in an old article,
"Habre's rebels took it from the Libyans in a battle which might've been the debut of one of the major new weapons systems of the late 20th century, the "technical." If you've read up on Somalia, you know that a "technical" is just a Toyota 4wd pickup with a big machinegun or grenade launcher welded onto the bed."
Who is paying for their services?
We've been sold the idea that we are witnessing a spontaneous peoples uprising but the sight of mercenaries seems to undermine that idea. Are we looking at another Charlie Wilson's War?
I left a comment explaining the above on the newspaper website; as yet the moderator hasn't deigned to share it with the readers.