Forces not providing air support for rebels-general

WASHINGTON, March 21 Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:25pm EDT

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) - U.S. and coalition military forces enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya are there to protect civilians and not to provide close-air support for opposition forces fighting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the head of U.S. Africa Command said on Monday.

U.S. Army General Carter Ham said the military mission in Libya was "very clear" and he was not concerned that the objectives would grow and change in the coming days. He said he had no orders to directly attack the Libyan leader.

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CadronBoy wrote:
Truth told — this has nothing to do with protecting civilians. Rather this is just another imperialistic move for Europe and US to safeguard natural resources. We could care less how many die as long as precious oil is preserved. Gaddafi had all but suppressed the revolts and was bringing the violence and mayhem to an end — but with such a great opportunity to “put him away” we had to “fire” it back up. BOMBS AWAY!!

Mar 21, 2011 2:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JWilly48519 wrote:
France, England, Italy, Spain, the US and our various friends operate in our own interests, as all states do. And, we have long memories. Lockerbie, the Lebanon Marine barracks, various other Gaddahfi-funded Hezbollah projects that were headed off, oil market mischief, facilitation of narcotics trafficking into Europe as a foreign policy, facilitation of illegal immigration into Europe as a foreign policy as well as domestic safety valve, trying to assassinate Saudi royals, offering to provide military weapons to American gangs, common-cause support for Venezuela disruptions…for decades, Gaddahfi has had no self control, no grasp of limits, no common sense, no willingness to cooperate with other nations who didn’t regard him as their leader. He’s been unable to resist pulling the tiger’s tail one more time, and harder. Well, it appears that the tiger got tired of that game.

Mar 21, 2011 4:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lefty201 wrote:
So when are we going after China? Oh wait, we’re not! hypocrits. If they were so concerned about Human rights, then why don’t they bomb North Korea? Why not Bomb Yemen? This whole government is corrupt and has been for many many years.

Mar 21, 2011 4:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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