Thursday, March 10, 2011

Qaddafi's Forces Have Momentum in Libya War on Rebels, U.S. Officials Say

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's better-equipped forces have gained momentum against the rebels trying to drive him from power, senior U.S. intelligence officials said.

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that Qaddafi's forces have superior logistics and that the "regime will prevail" if the war goes on for a long time. Clapper said this was his personal assessment and not that of the U.S. government, adding that Qaddafi has shown he's "in this for the long haul."

After Clapper completed his testimony on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama's national security adviser and his press secretary said that the intelligence chief was giving an analysis of the current situation and that steps being taken by the U.S. and its allies would change the dynamic in Libya.


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