06 Mar '11, 10pm

US under pressure to arm Libya rebels

US under pressure to arm Libya rebels

WASHINGTON: The United States came under mounting pressure on Sunday to help arm rebels facing Muammar Gaddafi's emboldened and regrouping military, amid charges Washington missed recent chances to oust Libya's strongman. President Barack Obama has insisted that all options including military action remain on the table with respect to Libya, where Gaddafi forces have unleashed deadly airstrikes on rebels and civilians in efforts to crush an uprising in which thousands are believed to have been killed. But with the administration cautioning that a decision on a no-fly zone was still far off, US lawmakers and former officials appearing on Sunday talk shows coalesced around the likelihood that supplying weapons to the outgunned rebels was a way forward. "I assume that a lot of weapons are going to find their way there (to rebels in Libya) from one means or another over the co...

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