PS 367 QaddafiRebels

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Reprints This copy is for your personal, noncommercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers here or use the "Reprints" tool that appears next to any article. Visit for samples and additional information. Order a reprint of this article now. March 1, 2011 Qaddafi Makes Little Headway in Assault on Libyan Rebels By KAREEM FAHIM and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK BENGHAZI, Libya — Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi ’s forces appeared to make little headway in a concerted assault on rebels in several cities around the country and in a sustained attack early Tuesday morning in the western city of Zawiyah. With escalating hostilities bringing Libya closer to civil war, rebels appeared to hold the city after a night of fighting, fending off tanks and artillery vehicles, special forces and regular army troops and, rebels said, fighter jets. Rebel leaders in Libya said the latest attacks by Colonel Qaddafi’s supporters smacked of desperation, and that the failed assault on Zawiyah, a city with important oil resources just 30 miles from the capital, raised questions about the ability of the government to muster a serious challenge to the rebels’ growing power. At the same time, Colonel Qaddafi faced a growing international campaign to force him from power, as the Obama administration announced on Monday that it had seized $30 billion in Libyan assets and the European Union adopted an arms embargo and other sanctions. As the Pentagon began repositioning Navy warships to support a possible humanitarian or military intervention, the United States ambassador to the United Nations promised to maintain that pressure until the embattled Libyan leader quits. “We are going to keep the pressure on Gaddafi until he steps down and allows the people of Libya to express themselves freely and determine their own future," the envoy, Susan Rice , said in an interview on “Good Morning America.” On Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton, just back in Washington after consultations in Geneva with foreign counterparts, warned that Libya could be facing the prospect of a protracted civil war. She also reiterated that a no-fly zone for Libya was “under active consideration.” But in her comments, made to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, she laid out one of the several reasons Western countries are moving with caution on such an option. Mrs. Clinton said that the administration was keenly aware that the Libyan opposition was anxious to be seen “as
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doing this by themselves on behalf of the Libyan people — that there not be outside intervention by any external force.” Russia, meanwhile, dismissed the option of a no-fly zone, The Associated Press reported from
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course POLI SCI 367 taught by Professor Favretto during the Spring '11 term at Wisconsin.

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