Libyan Air Force Pilots Flee Rather than Bomb Protesters

21.02.11

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Libyan air force defectors

Libyan air force defectors. Reuters photo.

by DAVID AXE

As democracy protests spread across Africa and the Middle East, from Tunisia to Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Bahrain, Iran and now Libya, some governments have ordered their armies into action to crush demonstrations. Two Libyan air force Mirage F.1 pilots flew to Malta instead of following orders to attack protesters.

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6 Responses to “Libyan Air Force Pilots Flee Rather than Bomb Protesters”

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  2. [...] protesters in street clashes and Libyan air force defectors admit they were ordered to bomb demonstrators, a French government-owned training company is boasting about its support for both the Bahraini and [...]

  3. Marcase says:

    Balsy move defecting, what with their families still in-country and the outcome of this Libyan revolution still dubious.

    There’s a lot going on in Libya, but Khadafi and his followers are deeply entrenched. But then again, so was Mubarak… (and where he now btw…?)

  4. [...] force in theory numbers around 200 planes — mostly old Soviet and French designs. Defectors flew two Libyan Mirage F.1 fighters to Malta. Another Libyan fighter crew bailed out of their Su-22 jet rather than follow orders to [...]

  5. […] in theory numbers around 200 planes — mostly old Soviet and French designs. Defectors flew two Libyan Mirage F.1 fighters to Malta. Another Libyan fighter crew bailed out of their Su-22 jet rather than follow orders to […]

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