Retreating Gadhafi forces leave behind deadly mines
Libyan rebels rendezvous at their vehicle during a battle in the village of Josh in western Libya.
August 4th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

Retreating Gadhafi forces leave behind deadly mines

The front lines of Libya's grinding war weave through the western mountains and around Zlitan, the last city east of Tripoli still under the grip of strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

In many places that Gadhafi's forces have fled, they've left behind deadly fields of mines - tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of them, say the rebels.

Not only do they pose a danger for civilians but they also have slowed the advance of the rebels in their march toward Tripoli.

Here in Qawalish, a town 60 miles southwest of Tripoli where fierce fighting has taken place in recent weeks, the war looks like this: Men in no protective gear sift through a public park to fight an enemy that can kill instantly and indiscriminately. Here, the enemy is Gadhafi's landmines.

Milad al Saidy and his fellow "sappers," as those who work with mines are known, are armed only with simple metal probes and a couple of metal detectors. A burned-out shell of a car sits as evidence of what the mines can do.

So far, they say, about 2,500 mines have been discovered, all left by fleeing pro-Gadhafi forces.

Al Saidy has been doing this work for 16 years but many others are green - fresh recruits who volunteered for a potentially deadly job. Some learn on the job. Amazingly, al Saidy said, no one has been killed or hurt.

"It's very, very dangerous but people are insisting they want to work with us to secure the lives of the innocent, the children, so families can come without the fear of landmines," he said.

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  1. HIKER

    @ Troll Banasy...I can only imagine that you are making it obvious on *purpose* that you are trolling Banasy. Keep up the POOR work kiddo! LOLOL

    August 4, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    @ JB, I know you are Juan Banuelos & I'm waaay too nice for you! Try tracie the poop lover, y'all seem to have much in common!!

    August 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ajd041

    I'm just waiting for some courageous and smart pilot to just bomb gadhafi already this war is getting old

    August 5, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      Dead wrong, ajd041. We need to quit helping those cursed so-called "rebels" over there as they seek to put in another good-for-nothing pro-Western stooge like that thug King Idris!

      August 5, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. sjdsh

    "they also have slowed the advance of the rebels in their march toward Tripoli."
    .....Excellent News!! Viva Libyan Patriots!!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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