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U.S., Europeans step up efforts to aid Libyan rebels

The Washington Post, 20 April 2011
Publié le : 21 avril 2011
 Karen DeYoung 

"The United States and its allies have entered a new stage of involvement in Libya, sending assistance and advisers directly to opposition military forces, which have been unable to break Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's stranglehold over much of the country despite help from NATO airstrikes.

"France and Italy said Wednesday that they would join Britain in dispatching military advisers to assist the inexperienced and disorganized rebel army, primarily in tactics and logistics. President Obama authorized sending $25 million worth of nonlethal equipment, including body armor, tents, uniforms and vehicles.

"The assistance appeared to stretch the definition of the civilian protection mandate contained in last month's U.N. resolution authorizing foreign intervention in Libya. The allies said their efforts were indirectly achieving that objective, because the rebel force was best-positioned on the ground to protect Libyans from attacks or the threat of attacks by Gaddafi loyalists."

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