After weeks of deliberation, the US administration has unveiled plans to send $25 million in nonlethal supplies to rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi's forces in Libya, the first direct US aid to the anti-regime rebels.
AP - The Obama administration plans to give the Libyan opposition $25 million in nonlethal assistance in the first direct U.S. aid to the rebels after weeks of assessing their capabilities and intentions, officials said Wednesday.
Amid a debate over whether to offer the rebels broader aid, including cash and possibly weapons and ammunition, the administration has informed Congress that President Barack Obama intends to use his so-called drawdown authority to give the opposition, led by the Transitional National Council in Benghazi, up to $25 million in surplus American goods to help protect civilians in rebel-held areas threatened by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.
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Date created : 2011-04-21