Obama: Libyan Mission Succeeding

Published on Saturday 26th March 2011

U.S. President Barrack Obama says the U.S. military mission in Libya is succeeding.  President Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's "air defenses have been taken out" and his forces have been pushed back from cities where Libyans have risen up against him. Mr. Obama noted the responsibility for the Libyan operation is being transferred from the U.S. to its NATO allies.  He said this is how the international community should work with "more nations, not just the United States, bearing the responsibility and cost of upholding peace and security."

Late Friday, The Washington Post newspaper, citing unnamed U.S. and European officials, reported the U.S. and its allies are considering supplying weapons to the Libyan opposition. The newspaper reported the Obama administration believes the U.N. resolution that authorized international intervention in Libya has the "flexibility" to allow such assistance.  The Post said no decisions have been made. President Obama will give a speech to the nation Monday explaining his decisions on the conflict in Libya.On Friday, Mr. Obama briefed congressional leaders from both major political parties on what has been accomplished with the no-fly zone over Libya and plans for the transfer of command in Libya to NATO.Some lawmakers, both Republicans and members of Mr. Obama's own Democratic Party, have criticized him for not seeking congressional approval for U.S. military action in Libya.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


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