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US President Barack Obama on Monday said that NATO is considering taking military action in Libya, USA Today reported.
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Speaking after a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the White House, Obama said that NATO was meeting in Brussels and consulting "around a wide range of potential options, including potential military options, in response to the violence that continues to take place inside of Libya."
Obama stated that he had authorized millions of dollars in humanitarian aid for the Libyan people who he said are facing "unacceptable violence from the regime of leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The US president warned that Gaddafi and his supporters would be held responsible for the violence being perpetrated in Libya.
Earlier on Monday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates cautioned that any
foreign military intervention in the crisis in Libya would require
"I think we will have to monitor the situation very closely," Gates, on a
visit to Afghanistan, said when asked about the possibility of an
international military response in Libya.
"But I think at this point there is a sense that any action should be
the result of international sanction," he told a news conference.
The comments came as government forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi struck at rebels in the east and concern mounted over civilian
suffering and a growing exodus of refugees.
Gates said developments in the Middle East had further damaged the image
of Iran, where the opposition says at least 79 people were arrested at
protest rallies last week that the government denied had even taken
"I think where Iran is the loser ... is the contrast between militaries
and security authorities in places like Tunisia and Egypt standing aside
while people protest against their government, while security services
of the Iranian government ruthlessly suppress and kill those who would
criticise or protest."
"They (Iran) are losers already in this image across the world," he said.