The United States may consider sending military troops into Libya to help Libyan rebels 0804111
Defense News - Libya
Friday, April 08, 2011, 11:10 AM
The United States may consider sending military troops into Libya to help Libyan rebels.
From CBSNEWS - The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over.
The Libyan rebels are only equipped with light jeep and old military equipment and weapons.
Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the international coalition and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya.
Ham said the operation was largely stalemated now and was more likely to remain that way since America has transferred control to NATO.
The use of an international ground force is a possible plan to bolster rebels fighting forces loyal to the Libyan leader, Ham said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. President Barack Obama has said repeatedly there will be no U.S. troops on the ground in Libya, although there are reports of small CIA teams in the country. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told lawmakers last week that there would be no American ground troops in Libya "as long as I am in this job."
The rebels are not armed to fight efficiently the troops of Kadhafi . They don't have radio communication system and training to coordinate the coalition air strike. Only troops on the ground could help the Libyan rebels and to avoid mistake air strike firing.