US to give Libyan rebels non-lethal aid

2011-04-20 19:02

Washington - US officials say the Obama administration has decided to give the Libyan opposition $25m in non-lethal assistance after weeks of assessing their capabilities and intentions.

The officials said on Wednesday that Congress was briefed on the plan on Tuesday.

They said the money will go for vehicles and medical and communications equipment to help protect civilians in rebel-held areas threatened by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly about the aid, which was first reported by The Washington Times.

The move comes as US allies step up their aid to the rebels, with Britain, France and Italy sending military advisers amid calls for the US to offer direct assistance outside its participation in Nato military operations.

  • The huntchback - 2011-04-20 22:28

    I wonder what they want in return, Maybe to appoint the next president?

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