LONDON, Aug 8 (KUNA) -- A 70-page plan prepared by the Libyan National
Transitional Council (NTC) with help from Western powers and seen by the Times
newspaper concedes they have little chance of toppling the long-serving ruler
but that internal divisions will force him out, it emerged Monday.
In that event, the rebels plan to establish a 10,000-15,000 strong "Tripoli
task force" to secure the capital and capture prominent Gaddafi supporters,
the paper reported.
Around 5,000 policemen will be recruited to serve as the interim
government's security forces, according to the plan.
The rebels claim that 800 current Gaddafi government officials have already
been recruited to their cause, and could form a key plank of a post-conflict
security apparatus, the Times said.
The document also maps out how telecommunications, power, and transport
infrastructure will be secured in the immediate hours after the regime's
The plan relies heavily on defections from the old regime, which threatens
to cause friction with those within the rebel faction who want a complete
purge of the existing order.
The rebels estimate that around 70 percent of high-ranking Gaddafi
officials will commit to the new regime.
The NTC confirmed the report's authenticity, but requested that the
newspaper withhold key details which could compromise the ongoing operation.
Aref Ali Nayed, the head of the planning cell for the task force, said it
was important that the general public "knows that there is an advance plan".
"What you have obtained was an early draft," he told the paper. "We are now
working on a much bigger picture."
Rebels in the western Libyan town of Zliten were said to be low on
ammunition and on the defensive yesterday, as the regime said its forces had
retaken the strategic southwest town of Bir Ghanam.(end)
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