Watch As Libyan Rebels Fire Machine Guns At Passing Gaddafi Planes

Tyler Durden's picture

A day in the life of Ras Lanuf: Rebels fire machine guns at passing Gaddafi planes overhead as reporters hug the ground to avoid getting hit by bombs. And a concise eyewitness report: "We can see the tanks. The tanks are everywhere. They have surrounded the square with snipers and
tanks. The situation is not so good. It's very scary. There are a lot
of snipers," said a Zawiyah resident."

From a Reuters correspondent, who probably wishes he was somewhere else right about now:

Rebels were pinned down by tanks and snipers in the center of Zawiyah on Wednesday as forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi closed in on their last redoubt in the western Libyan city, witnesses said.

"We can see the tanks. The tanks are everywhere," a rebel fighter told Reuters by phone from inside Zawiyah.

"They have surrounded the square with snipers and tanks. The situation is not so good. It's very scary. There are a lot of snipers," said a Zawiyah resident.

With the international community still hesitant about how to respond to the crisis in Libya, a counter-offensive by Gaddafi has halted a rebel advance in the east and left others stranded in Zawiyah and another western city, Misrata.

Rebels in the east, facing a fresh barrage of artillery fire on their desert frontline outside the oil port of Ras Lanuf, renewed an appeal for outside powers to impose a no-fly zone to at least shield them from air attacks.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear, however, that imposing a no-fly zone is a matter for the United Nations and should not be a U.S.-led initiative.

Gaddafi has said he would die in Libya rather than flee. But that has failed to stem speculation on his plans.

Well, the question is not whether he will die, but what he will do in the moment just before that...


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66Sexy's picture

Every american should own a sniper rifle.


leverage, bitchez.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

These days "sniper" means aimed fire, as opposed to a 3rd burst in the general direction of where someone might be.  If you hit someone from 100 yds using a red dot,'re a sniper.

Triggernometry's picture

Red dots are not used for sniping.

Vergeltung's picture

don't confuse them with facts.  ;-)

TeamAmerica's picture

Sure they are.   At 100 yards you can use iron sights, and it's still sniping.  We're talking about the difference between carefully aimed fire and indiscriminate bursts.

minus dog's picture

"If you hit someone from 100 yds using a red dot,'re a sniper."

Um, no.  I shoot out to 400m all the time with an Aimpoint, even with the dinky little 5.56mm round.  Any distance you can shoot to with irons, you can shoot to with a red dot; irons on the M16/M4 are good to at least 500m with a basic level of competence.

Hardly anyone ever uses an M16/M4 on burst or auto, even when they have the option; it's just less effective for almost all uses past 30m or so.  That's what happens when you hand a weapon like that to conscripts.

And discussions like this is what happens when people base their firearms "knowledge" on what they see in movies/TV.

TeamAmerica's picture

Discussions like this happen when people don't read the meaning of a post and take a particular term ("sniper") too seriously.    There's a profession called "sniper", and then there's the act of taking careful aim and taking down a target with a single shot..."sniping".

This all started with a comment by a Libyan rebel that there were lots of snipers in the city.  Much more likely that Gaddafi's mercenaries are just taking time to aim...sniping. 

Bet those guys are having fun with a license to kill and targets galore.   A soldier of fortune's wet dream come true.

New_Meat's picture

TnA, y'know, "sniper" usually meanz that, well, "one bullet, one <target>"--u fill in target. - Ned

StychoKiller's picture

Waddya mean squeezin' off rounds into the air won't kill nobody?  'Tis the Arab way...

Shell Game's picture

The M91/30 is an excellent sniper rifle, and affordable, buy five they'll be excellent for trading:

(many local sporting good stores sell them for $99-$119 with no transfer fee..)


THE DORK OF CORK's picture

These are the most undisciplined "fighting units" I have seen - it is almost cartoonish.

They will be eaten alive.

CrashisOptimistic's picture


They have no logistics infrastructure to fight against a professional army.

Picking up guns from mobbed opponents looks clever and brave, until the few magazines of ammo on that guy are gone and there are no supply lines to give you more.

These bozos are going to get steam rolled.

66Sexy's picture

who are the 'good guys' again?

I would assume it is whoever the MSM says is the 'bad guys'.

I thought we had an intimate love relationship with gadaffi. Now we're supposed to support the rebels?

So This is the New World Order betraying and murdering the Old World Order i suppose.

Same shit, different century.

Hdawg's picture

they went from freedom fighters to rebels in the blink of an eye ... perhaps Gaddafi agreed to let this fake civil war roll on until oil gets to $200 and cut a deal to supply Isra-hell with cheap water.

cowdiddly's picture

Apparently you two have never been in a warzone. They are not as you see in the movies. They are always one giant clusterfuck professional or not. Often the victor is merely less clusterfucked than the opposition. It's only been a week but don't worry both sides will get better. Gaddafi looks pretty sad to me. Libya is the ultimate tank terrain. Why he does not take a page out of Erwin Rommels playbook an have the tanks blitzing across the desert behind battle lines is beyond me.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

Fuel supply.  

The resource wars will be nuclear because of it.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

I gotta say, I'm getting a little suspicious.

A lot of Libya vids are looking more and more staged.

I saw a dramatic loading of a guy screaming in pain into an ambulance and there wasn't any blood on him at all.

Hdawg's picture

Ya think?


It's an absolute put-up.

Hdawg's picture

There's not a major media event that is not planned, controlled and front-run by these big nosed crooks.


Al Jazeera is as Arabic as Pasta.

Thomas's picture

I am stunned by how much ammo they squander.

Gene Parmesan's picture

Seriously - 7.62x51 too. Good to see some FALs in action, though.

nonclaim's picture

These guys are toast (maybe literally) if a no-fly zone gets the green. Would you trust these "good-guys" with anti-aircraft guns pointing up? Yeah, it's old and probably half range/accuracy left, but still...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Like the video said, some of the shooting, particularly the small arms, was symbolic. These are often newly recruited rebels who are being carried along by emotion. If they stopped for a few minutes and thought about what they are doing, they might go home.

Symbols and symbolic gestures are always more powerful than the actual weapons and bullets/rounds wasted. This is why governments are extremely fearful of charismatic leaders that understand how to use symbols to energize people.

Re: Martin Luther King, the Kennedy's etc. Funny how they are gunned down all the time by lone gunmen.

Hdawg's picture

Lone gunman?  Guns and Roses - Civil war.


D'you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said "Peace could last forever"
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can't trust freedom
When it's not in your hands
When everybody's fightin'
For their promised land

scythian empire's picture

Every libyan should own toilet paper to clean the self soiling induced from their taxpaid aircraft prepping to drop bombs on them.

scythian empire's picture

and make sure it's that good ole usa Charmin brand (ting!)

UninterestedObserver's picture

You shouldn't laugh they will do it here too if we ever rise up against the banksters

JW n FL's picture

the bankers.. will own the goobermint.. who controls military and law enforcement.. thusly the bankers own all the red tape you can imagine..

and all those service workers will be thinking while they are gunning you down.. is that thier family is in line ahead of yours for food stamps, becuase they are a good little pet of the goobermints / bankers..

who gets the food first? the power first? trust me, they will be shooting at you..

team LEO!!! killing civilians, AGAIN! do you want me to post the 1 million videos on youtube of LEO's Gone Wild?

It will be clear within the first few days who is acting for whos own benefit.

and not until after people every where are suffering.. will everyone get involved.. more than half here live in the woods and are staying out of the way.. that should help get things done in Washington / "K" Street / Wall Street.

ft65's picture

Quoting JW n FL / J.E.W.

>> who gets the food first? the power first? trust me, they will be shooting at you..

Enough of the government is going to shoot you disinformation. (Do "we" need to start again?) This is a financial web site. If you want to discuss guns / ammo / preps, head over to you know where and spout this rubbish.

High Plains Drifter's picture

They also need Berkey water filters too.

Hdawg's picture

Gaddafi playing his part...


...the world is but a big-nosed stage.

bob_dabolina's picture

When I was little I used to try and hit flying birds with my Daisey Red Ryder BB gun too.

Oh regional Indian's picture

bob, just wanted to let you know that your dry one-liners are much appreciated.


mynhair's picture

This is also very bullish.

UninterestedObserver's picture

Obviously - Stocks up oil down - they should blow up refineries more often

Id fight Gandhi's picture

And why is the rumor that gadaffi is leaving everyday?

If he does wipe down his people, what then for Obama and team? They took a stand against him.

THE DORK OF CORK's picture

The Dollar needs maybe $200 a barrel  to absorb the FEDs excess reserves.

Looks like its going to get it.

CitizenPete's picture

There she blows! Video of oil refinery hit by shelling in Libya

Cow's picture

more work for Boots and Coots

TWORIVER's picture

Copper breaks support, confirning Head and Shoulders Top. Will not be pretty for Stocks PM's etc. be long the USD/CHF.

serotonindumptruck's picture

If the US supports the Libyan rebels by enforcing a no-fly zone, they will be morally obligated to support any Saudi rebels who might find themselves in the same predicament in the near-term future.

StychoKiller's picture

Morals?  Obligations?  U on droogs, boy/girl?

I Got Worms's picture

On Drudge yesterday, they linked footage of a goathearder looking guy who brought down a jet, with some old, brokedick anti-arcraft gun.  They went to the wreckage and found the two pilots dead bodies. The papers on one showed he was Libyan, and the other showed him to be Syrian.

Stranded Observer's picture

Wow.  Great video.  Guys shooting guns in the air.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Fire discipline, bitches.