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No quick change in Libya, says intel chief

The Local · 17 Apr 2011, 14:59

Published: 17 Apr 2011 14:59 GMT+02:00

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Uhrlau told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper that fighting had reached a stalemate in Libya, which is currently in the middle of a bloody conflict between the regime of dictator Muammar Qaddafi and rebel forces based in the east of the country.

"We can't predict how long Qaddafi will stay in power," Uhrlau said.

Uhrlau also admitted that the BND was not sure who exactly Qaddafi's enemies were. "There is no detailed classification of all the rebel combatants," he said, but said they were united by a common aim – to depose Qaddafi and end the suffering of the civilian population.

"They are angry about the fact that Libya lacks education and housing, but that the regime spent money to get involved in the politics of Sudan or Chad," he added.

Uhrlau also said the Syrian regime was stable, despite unrest in the country. "At the moment I don't see a process in Syria that could lead to a radical overthrow like in North Africa," the intelligence chief said.

He pointed out that the father of current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad murdered up to 30,000 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in the town of Hama decades ago, which "brutally consolidated the regime's power."

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06:45 April 18, 2011 by Fatz Lewinski
Now here is a man with his finger on the pulse of international politics. Or is his finger on the remote control of his TV? Not really revealing much is he - but then I guss this is all top secret.
07:50 April 18, 2011 by storymann
I would agree that is the situation in Syria. The British have recently said they are leaving the door open for ground forces.This has the appearance of premeditation.

I doubt that Britain and France will settle for anything less than the removal of Qaddafi .
09:55 April 20, 2011 by harcourt
The last paragraph of this article is worrying - to quote directly :-

He (Uhrlau) pointed out that the father of current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad murdered up to 30,000 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in the town of Hama decades ago, which "brutally consolidated the regime's power."

If this is what Uhrlau actually said he is not very well informed by his Syrian experts. In fact the massacre in Hama was carried out by Hafiz Assads BROTHER Rifaat, and for that act he was banished from Syria for life by Hafiz i.e Bashars father and never came back not even when Hafiz died. If this is the reliability of BND information no wonder Germany gets so many of its foreign policy decisions wrong
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