Libyan rebels seek $2-3 billion in foreign loans

BENGHAZI - Libya's rebel leadership expects foreign powers to lend it $2-3 billion secured against frozen Libyan state assets held abroad, a rebel finance official said on Tuesday.
Ali Tarhouni, who heads the rebel national council's finance committee, said he expects France, Italy and the United States to extend the lines of credit and the money should arrive within a week to ten days.
"I need about $2-3 billion and we are hoping to get most or all of this," Tarhouni told reporters in the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi.