Gadhafi Leaving Landmines Behind for Rebels

Chris Field
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Posted: Mar 30, 2011 12:34 PM
Wired's Spencer Ackerman reports today:
Watch this before considering a NATO peacekeeping force in Libya: Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are leaving anti-personnel and anti-vehicular mines and in eastern Libya after vacating rebel-held areas. So much for basic contemporary standards of warfare.

Human Rights Watch employees near Benghazi discovered five dozen mines left along the outskirts of the rebel capitol, and released the above video documenting the find on Wednesday. Once Gadhafi sought compensation from Britain and Italy for World War II-era mines. Now he’s placing mines near the road connecting Benghazi to Ajdabiya, “an area frequented by civilians in vehicles and on foot,” the rights group warns.