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Clinton: No U.S.-Led Libya No-Fly Zone

Muammar Gaddafi can go toe-for-toe with Charlie Sheen when it comes to ranting: The Libyan strongman was on state TV again on Tuesday night, warning that “foreign forces” wanted to take over the country. His appearance indicates that he is not too keen on rebel leaders’ offer to not pursue charges against him if he steps down by Friday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, said the U.S. would support an internationally backed no-fly zone, but the U.S. would not lead the effort. “I think it's very important that this not be a US-led effort, because this comes from the people of Libya themselves,” she told Sky News. The U.S. will vote in favor of a no-fly zone at the UN, but China and Russia are likely to veto. NATO has also begun 24-hour air and sea surveillance of Libya, in a possible precursor to a no-fly zone.

March 9, 2011 1:11 AM