Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Is NATO being dragged into a ground war in Libya?

U.K. and France Try to Boost Libyan Rebels, But Risk Rupturing NATO

"As troops loyal to Col. Muammar Gaddafi continue to pound the rebel-held city of Misratah - leading to hundreds of civilian casualties - British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced April 19 that the U.K. and France were dispatching a joint squad of military advisers to Benghazi, stronghold of the Libyan rebels in the country's east. The team is supposedly just a support force, helping the rebel leadership, says Hague, improve its “military organizational structures, communications and logistics.” But while officials in London and Paris are eager to play down the importance of this deployment, the move has set off new fears of “mission creep” setting into NATO's operations in Libya - with the international community staggering into a drawn out war for regime change, invariably on land, that many in NATO had no desire to join"

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