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Gates: Obama Approves Use of Armed Drones Over Libya

Posted by The Agonist on April 22nd, 2011

From our partners at The Agonist

April 21

VOA – The Pentagon says U.S. President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed drones (unmanned aircraft) over Libya.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the Predator drone is an example of the unique military capabilities that the United States can contribute to the NATO-led campaign in Libya. He denied that the use of the drones is in any way an indictment of the alliance’s capabilities.

Asked why the United States is not deploying ground troops, Gates said regime change is best achieved by citizens and not imposed by the outside. He said the goal of the U.S. is to degrade the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to make it easier for the people to rise up against him. He also said he believes that over time Mr. Gadhafi will be more constrained militarily and financially due to international military actions and sanctions.

Hours earlier at the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there are reports that Gadhafi’s forces may have used cluster bombs in the fighting against rebels.

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