UK says it'll send army officers to advise Libyan rebels

By REUTERS
April 19, 2011 19:04

 
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LONDON - Britain said on Tuesday it would send military officers to help Libyan rebels organize, a step likely to anger critics who say the West is abusing a UN resolution to use force to protect civilians.

London said it would send officers, believed to number about a dozen, to Libya to advise rebels on how to improve their organization and communications, but would not train them to fight or arm them.

With the Libyan civil war risking getting bogged down in a long stalemate, Western powers are searching for ways to bolster the rebels, whose fighting efforts have been disorganized and lacked leadership.

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