Rebels 'beat back Libyan troops'
bbc / Frank Gardner
05-Mar-2011 (one comment)

It is not yet clear where the Arab revolts are heading. The ripples set off by the uprising on the streets of Tunis in January have yet to reach the shore, so to speak.

From Morocco to Muscat, Arab rulers are now getting the clear message that the status quo that has existed in their countries for years, even decades, is unacceptable to large numbers of their population.

Protests are at different stages in different countries - it would be wrong to think of this as one, single movement with a united opposition and a common agenda. But there are still common threads that run right across the region.

Darius Kadivar

Analysis: Libya threat to Arab revolts

by Darius Kadivar on

Are the Arab uprisings running out of steam? 

BBC Security correspondent Frank Gardner say's :

"If Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family had been driven from power within days then the momentum of Tunis and Cairo would have been maintained.

But the Libyan regime, as we have seen... this past week, has dug in and is fighting back against its opponents, using its superior firepower and extensive patronage."