United States and foreign governments discussed military options for dealing with Libya 0103111

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Defense News - Libya
 

Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 07:34 AM

 
United States and other foreign governments discussed military options for dealing with Libya.
 
 
The United States and other foreign governments discussed military options for dealing with Libya on March 01, 2011, as Gaddafi scoffed at the threat to his government from a spreading popular uprising.
     
The United States and other foreign governments discussed military options for dealing with Libya on February 01, 2011, as Gaddafi scoffed at the threat to his government from a spreading popular uprising.
Libyan soldiers loyal to leader Kadhafi with armoured vehicle ZSU-23-4 near the capital
     

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi were massed near the Tunisian border, residents said, and the United States said it was moving warships and air forces closer to Libya.

In the hardest-hitting U.S. denunciation yet of Libya’s leader, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said Gaddafi was “disconnected from reality,” was “slaughtering his own people” and was unfit to lead.

She said Washington was in talks with its NATO partners and other allies about military options. The United States also said about $30 billion in assets in the United States had been blocked from access by Gaddafi and his family.

Prime Minister David Cameron said his government would work to prepare for a “no-fly” zone in Libya to protect the people from attacks by Gaddafi’s forces.

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday imposed sanctions on Gaddafi and other Libyan officials, imposed an arms embargo and froze Libyan assets. European Union governments approved their sanctions against Gaddafi in Brussels on Monday.

The United States, whose Sixth Fleet operates out of Italy, said it was moving U.S. naval and air forces closer to Libya and working on various contingency plans.

 

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