White House on Libya: 'No options taken off the table'
Obama to call Sarkozy, Cameron to discuss int'l action against Gaddafi regime; plays down military angle; French official says 2,000 killed in uprising.
By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 24, 2011 21:44
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Anti-Gaddafi gunmen in Libya 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
The White House on
Thursday said US President Barack Obama planned to call British Prime
Minister David Cameron and French President Nicholas Sarkozy to discuss
possible actions by the international community to compel the Libyan
government of Col. Muammar Gaddafi to end violence against
White House spokesman Jay Carney said
no options have been taken off the table, including the possibility of
military action. International discussions, however, have centered on a
possible no-fly zone or other sanctions that would strike Gaddafi
economically. The calls to Cameron and Sarkozy come as the UN Security
Council agreed to consider further options against Gaddafi's regime,
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Carney said Obama wants a concerted and broad based international effort
to pressure the Libyan government. Carney did not mention Gaddafi by
The latest estimate of deaths in the ongoing unrest rocking Libya came
from a top French human rights official, putting the number at 2,000,
Earlier Thursday, a Libyan newspaper said that gun battles at an oil
terminal some 30 miles from Tripoli left 10 people dead.