Mission Continues to Creep in Libya

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It’s been a busy week in Libya news. First Britain announced that it was sending in some advisors. Then France began pushing for a 1000-person “humanitarian” force to be shipped in to protect aid shipments. A day later France and Italy both joined the advisor brigade. Simultaneously the United States announced it was sending $25 million in “non-lethal aid” to the rebels. And today we got this:

President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drone aircraft in Libya to improve the precision of low-level attacks on ground targets, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.

The first Predator mission since Obama’s go-ahead was flown Thursday but the aircraft — armed with Hellfire missiles — turned back early due to poor weather conditions, Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a news conference with Gates….Cartwright did not specify what targets the aborted Predator mission Thursday was intended to strike.

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