US military weighs more Predator drones for Libya

By REUTERS
July 23, 2011 01:09

WASHINGTON - As the war in Libya drags on, the US military is weighing options that may deepen its involvement in the conflict and its alliance with rebels trying to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

A US official told Reuters on Friday that the United States is considering a NATO request to send more Predator drones to Libya, as well as other surveillance aircraft. It has also reopened a debate over arming the rebels, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The options were first reported by the Los Angeles Times, days after new US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared on his first trip abroad as Pentagon chief that prevailing in Libya was one of his top priorities.

The internal US government debate over Libya was renewed after rebel leaders on July 15 won recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers, the official said.


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