Libya is a small country of just over 6 million people,but it possesses the largest oil reserves in Africa. The oil produced there is especially coveted because of its particularly high quality. The Air Force of the United States, along with Britain and France have carried out 7,459 bombing attacks since March 19. Britain, France and the United States sent special operation ground forces and commando units to direct the military operations of the so-called rebel fighters, which is really a NATO-led army in the field. Though the troops may be disaffected Libyans, the operation is under the control and direction of NATO commanders and western commando units who serve as "advisers". Their new weapons and billions in funds come from the US and other NATO powers that froze and seized Libya's assets in Western banks. Their only military successes outside of Benghazi, in the far east of Libya's borders, have been exclusively based on the coordinated air and ground operations of the imperialist NATO military forces. In military terms, Libya's resistance to NATO resembles that of David and Goliath. US military spending alone is more than ten times greater than Libya's entire annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which was $74.2 billion in 2010, according to the CIA's World Fact Book. In recent weeks, NATO military operations used surveillance-collecting drones, satellites, aerial attacks, and covert commando units to destroy that tiny nation.