The White House refused to comment on the reports of covert support for Libyan fighters
3/31/2011 11:21:35 AM
The White House declined to comment on press reports claimed that President Barack Obama gave the green light to provide secret was invited to the Libyan armed opposition.
LG Carney said White House spokesman said in a statement that the administration is committed to the tradition practice not to comment on intelligence matters, and confirmation stressed that President Obama clearly said that he has not been a final decision yet to arm the Libyan opposition.
The New York Times quoted U.S. officials have refused to reveal their names that Obama signed during the past few weeks, a secret order authorizing support for anti fighters of Colonel Gaddafi.
The newspaper added that elements of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is currently working in Libya in cooperation with British special forces to gather information on the effects of military strikes on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
It is noteworthy that such orders are used to allow presidential covert operations of intelligence, and this is a necessary legal step before carrying out such operations, but does not mean the need to implement them.
Obama had made last Tuesday's remarks did not Azbad where the United States of arming the fighters Allibouapan. The Britain and France announced also that they are considering arming the Libyan opposition, a move opposed by Italy and Russia.
This news comes after the past few days witnessed a decline of opposition forces against pro-Gaddafi forces in several cities in eastern Libya. Showed fierce battles over the past two days that Gaddafi's forces are better equipped and organized Regan targeted strikes since 19 March / March.
Observers say that foreign intelligence services are still cautiously deal with the issue of arming the opposition while collecting more information about the nature and the leadership of anti-Gaddafi forces.
Some officials also stresses the need to train Libyan dissidents on how to use weapons and field plans to meet Gaddafi forces.
These leaks coincided with the arrival of Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa to Britain Wednesday, announcing to the British government that resigned.
She said France and the United States say they sent envoys to a Benghazi for a meeting with the interim administration. He said British Foreign Secretary William Hague said a British diplomat had already met with rebel leaders in the Libyan city of Benghazi earlier this week.
The Obama administration and the British Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that the UN resolution authorizing international action in Libya, including the supply of weapons. However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov doubted that the UN resolution No. 1973 had given a mandate to arm the rebels.