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Senator McCain: Arm Libyan rebels, like Afghanistan in 1980s

PARIS — The revolt against Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi could stall unless the United States arms the rebels battling his regime, influential US Senator John McCain warned Wednesday. “There is a possibility if not a probability of a stalemate, and that should be of deep concern to us,” the former…

Libya rebels plead for foreign forces or ‘we will die’

MISRATA, Libya — A rebel official in Libya’s besieged city of Misrata pleaded desperately on Tuesday for Britain and France to send troops to help fight strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s forces, saying “if they don’t, we will die.” In the first request by any insurgents for boots on the ground, a…

Libyan opposition leader to meet US officials

WASHINGTON — US officials and lawmakers will pursue efforts to better understand the Libyan opposition when they host talks here later this week with one of its leaders, the State Department said Wednesday. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg, defense department officials and members of Congress will meet Mahmud Jibril,…

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