Salesmen, students get fast-track rebel training
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Every day, hundreds of volunteers looking to take up arms against Muammar Gaddafi turn up at a fast-track military camp in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi, ready to join the ragtag army. FRANCE 24 visited the rebel camp.
Dressed in jeans and baseball caps, men from all walks of life turn up at a rebel-run military camp in Benghazi, ready to join the ragtag army and hoping to pick up enough combat skills to fight for their cause. Using Soviet-era weapons and Muammar Gaddafi’s rusty ammunition, the volunteers are put through express training and then packed off to the front line.
Instructor Abdel Ali Attiehi used to serve in the Gaddafi military, but is now in charge of training the growing army against the Libyan leader. He’s proud of his fast-learning students. “Sometimes they spend less than a week training on this,” he says, patting a khaki-painted rocket launcher. “Normally it takes at least three months!”
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