Libya rebels will receive $25M from U.S.

White House OKs nonlethal support

A Libyan rebel fighter manning an anti-aircraft gun flashes the victory sign Wednesday as his vehicle advances towards the front line, on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, Libya. Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists shelled the Nafusa mountain area and clashed with opposition forces in the besieged coastal city of Misrata on Wednesday, rebels said, as the Libyan leader also sought to quell resistance in the western part of the country that is largely under his control. (Associated Press)A Libyan rebel fighter manning an anti-aircraft gun flashes the victory sign Wednesday as his vehicle advances towards the front line, on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, Libya. Moammar Gadhafi’s loyalists shelled the Nafusa mountain area and clashed with opposition forces in the besieged coastal city of Misrata on Wednesday, rebels said, as the Libyan leader also sought to quell resistance in the western part of the country that is largely under his control. (Associated Press)
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“It would be great if they made a decision to support the rebels and to help to oust decisively Gadhafi from power,” she said. “But I worry this is a lot like the decision to work through NATO, which is rhetorical commitment without any effective strategy about what to do to actually achieve the goals the president of the United States laid out.”

In other developments, deployment of an EU armed force to Libya to protect aid shipments could take place within days, said Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The European Union’s 27 states approved a “concept of operations” that directs several proposed courses of action, Mr. Mann said.

In London, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain will send a team of up to 20 senior military advisers to the rebel-held city of Benghazi to help organize the opposition forces.

Mr. Hague insisted the advisers would not be involved in supplying weapons to the rebels or in assisting their attacks on Col. Gadhafi’s forces.

The advisers will work with British diplomats who are in contact with the National Transitional Council, the political wing of the rebel movement officially recognized by Italy, France and Qatar.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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