Carrier officers say Gadhafi's troops hard to spot

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France's flagship Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, right, navigates in the Golf of Sirte, off the Libyan coast, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The Charles de Gaulle is the flagship of the French fleet and the only nuclear-powered carrier outside the United States. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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France's flagship Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, right, navigates in the Golf of Sirte, off the …

As French navy Rafale and Super Etendard fighter-bombers carrying laser-guided bombs catapult off the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, officers describe the difficulties they face: Despite the technology, troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are hard to identify from the air.

The officers say Gadhafi's forces are expertly concealing themselves from air attacks.

The commander of the carrier's air wing, identifying himself only as Herve, says "there is obviously a degree of savoir-faire on the part (of Gadhafi's forces) that we haven't seen before."

Though the situation appears static, the ship's commander, Rear Adm. Philippe Coindreau said Wednesday the stalemate had ended and rebels were advancing.

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