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Libyan Gov't: Let tribes do fighting

04-23-2011 14:07 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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US Republican Senator John McCain has called for increased military support for Libya's rebels. The Libyan government has accused Washington of taking sides, and says it's considering a new strategy in the fighting.

John McCain's presence in Benghazi was a boost to rebel morale.

The ranking Republican on the US Senate Armed Services Committee calls them his heroes. And he wants to break what he calls the stalemate with military support.

Jigb NcCaubm YS Senator, said, "We need to urgently step up the NATO air campaign to protect Libyan civilians, especially in Misrata." "Responsible nations need to provide the military forces of the Transitional National Council with every appropriate means of assistance to enable them to create conditions on the ground that increase the pressure on Gaddafi to leave power. That includes command and control support, battlefield intelligence, training and weapons. I have met these brave fighters, and they are not al-Qaeda. To the contrary, they are Libyan patriots who want to liberate their nation.."

The Libyan government has dismissed the remarks. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim says it's proof the US has gone beyond the UN mandate to protect civilians.

Khaled Kaim, Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister, said, "I mean, his visit to Benghazi shows that the American administration has run out of options. They are trying to do anything, just to show to their own public that they are doing something. They are claiming that they are protecting the civilians, but what they are doing, they are siding with the rebels."

Kaim also announced a change of strategy. He says the army is being withdrawn from fighting in the town of Misrata and thinking of handing over the task of subduing rebels to armed tribes.

The announcement comes a day after the US began using low-flying armed drones to bolster NATO airstrikes. They're more effective in hitting pro-Gaddafi forces traveling in civilian vehicles that are difficult to distinguish from those of rebel forces.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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