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Gadhafi survival means weak army, co-opted tribes

• AP
Moammar Gadhafi never trusted his own army.

So Libya's leader of 41 years kept his military weak to prevent any serious challenges to his rule.

With money and patronage, he seeded supporters in key posts. He built up militias and armed "revolutionary committees" that are the final line of support for him and his powerful sons.

They are expected to fight for him if the regular military forces turn against him.