Thursday, March 31, 2011

Should We Arm The Libyan Rebels?

Rebel fighters move under fire from forces loyal to Col Gaddafi near Bin Jawad Photo: REUTERS

NATO Says Arming Libyan Rebels Not an Option -- Voice of America

As NATO assumed full control of military operations targeting Libya, the alliance's chief said the body does not support the idea of arming the rebel forces.

Hours after NATO took over the Libyan operations, the alliance's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen laid out the goals: to protect the Libyan people, not to arm them. His remarks appeared to contradict suggestions by U.S. and British officials that the UN mandate guiding NATO operations could allow for arming rebels fighting the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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More News On And Should We Arm Libya's Rebels?

NATO rules out arming Libyan rebels -- ABC News (Australia)
We won't arm Libyan rebels - NATO -- Herald Sun/AP
NATO chief opposes arming Libyan rebels -- IBTimes
Nato commander says aim is 'to protect' not help rebels -- BBC
Obama doesn't rule out arming rebels in Libya -- USA Today
Libya: Britain considers arming rebels -- The Telegraph
U.S. Mulls Arming Libyan Rebels -- NPR
Can the coalition arm Libya’s rebels? -- Euronews
Arming Libya's rebels would be a tricky gamble -- CBS News
Kalashnikovs vs. Tanks: What Libyan Rebels Need to Win -- Abigail Hauslohner, Time

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