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According to Middle East expert, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya [1], on 20 March 2011 Libyan sources reported:

- Italian POWs Captured
- Additional Coalition Jets Downed
- Qatar Joins the War

Since the start of the civil war in Libya, the mainstream media has provided a biased and distorted picture of what is happening on the ground in Libya. In this regard, the mainstream media, rather than informing public opinion, is serving the war agenda.

The French government has denied that any of its military jets have been downed during their attacks. Internal Libyan sources, however, maintain that this is untrue and part of the psychological war. Paris is withholding this news to prevent a surge in public demands that France withdraw in this war on Libya.

Internal Libyan sources reported at 3:40 P.M. (15:40) North American Eastern Standard Time about the capture of Italian vessels and Italian military personnel, who are now prisoners of war (POWs). The Libyan government has also started supplying the Libyan population with food rations, medicine, and weapons to defend themselves.

At about 6:20 P.M. (18:20) North American Eastern Standard Time, Libyan sources reported that additional coalition jets were downed. Two of these military jets have been identified as Qatari military planes.

In a case of international double-standards, Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council, which are violently supressing their own people, are now partners in the war against Libya.

According to Libyan sources a total of five French jets have been shot down. Three of these attacking French jets were shot down in Tripoli. The other two French military jets were shot down while attacking Sirt (Surt/Sirte).

The Libyan people are ready for a protracted war to defend their country from the U.S., Britain, France, Italy, and their allies.

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[1] Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya specializes on the Middle East and Central Asia. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) and a Voltaire Network collaborating author.

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