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NAIL GADDAFI; This is Lt Col Nick Kitson. He's the man heading our crack team to..

Byline: Russell Myers

HE is the inspirational British soldier spearheading the fight to topple Colonel Gaddafi.

Decorated Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson will head up an elite team of Brits who will help rebel forces mount attacks on Gaddafi's local troops.

Lt Col Kitson, 41, a commanding officer with 2nd Battalion of the Rifles, was selected by top brass because of his outstanding record in Afghanistan.

The People understands he will be responsible for meeting up to six rebel Libyan commanders from separate revolutionary splinter groups.

He is then expected to report back to Ministry of Defence chiefs who will decide, along with NATO partners, which rebel faction is most likely to succeed in taking on "Mad Dog" Gaddafi and deal with subsequent power.

Lt Col Kitson was last year awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for leadership in combat during the Afghanistan conflict.

His bravery and ability to connect with local military commanders will be key.

When two of his men were killed last year intercepting a suicide bomber outside a bazaar in Sangin, Lt Col Kitson was out patrolling the same spot the following day to reassure worried locals that the Rifles would not budge.

MAD DOG: A senior military source said: "Lt Col Kitson is exactly the man for the job. His expertise and experience will ensure Britain is best placed to monitor and advise the rebels and to determine who will be best to work with in the future.

"With our coalition partners working with NATO, we hope to enable opposition troops to succeed in ousting Gaddafi and his murderous regime for good."

Colonel Lt Col Kitson's 10-man elite unit will include four specialists in electronic intelligence who will teach rebel commanders how to eavesdrop on the Libyan radio network and jam their text messages.

The People can also reveal that British Army technology experts are arming Libyan rebels with instructions on how to attack Gaddafi's computer systems. If all goes according to plan, the Libyan leader's air defence systems will be crushed and communication links between his loyal troops will be halted, it is claimed.

Our source added: "If the rebels follow the instructions they are given, victory will be within their grasp."

Army communications chiefs have already made contact with Libyan rebel commanders and sent a series of encrypted emails.

The DIY cyber kits have been sent with instructions in different dialects so the rebels can understand them.

Each message contains a step-by-step guide on how to carry out complex technological assaults on the regime's advanced computer network.

The telecommunications assault is the latest offering from Britain to help rebel fighters oust Gaddafi and bring change to the troubled country.

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Date:Apr 24, 2011
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