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Mar 7, 2011

Obama treads carefully on Libya, rebuffs pressure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House pushed back on Monday against pressure from some lawmakers for direct intervention in Libya, saying it first wanted to figure out what various military options could achieve.

“It would be premature to send a bunch of weapons to a post office box in eastern Libya,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “We need to not get ahead of ourselves in terms of the options we’re pursuing.”

Mar 2, 2011

Q+A: What could trigger U.S. intervention in Libya?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is reluctant to get sucked into Libya’s increasingly messy conflict, despite its fears that the oil-producing North African country is descending into chaos.

WHAT COULD TRIGGER U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTION?

Possibly a major jump in the death toll. Analysts say massacres of civilians, aerial bombing of civilian targets or a concerted military offensive by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to retake rebel-held territory could be possible triggers.

Mar 2, 2011

U.S. presses Gaddafi to quit, flexes military muscle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Flexing its military muscle, the United States sent warships toward Libya on Tuesday as it sought to keep pressure on Muammar Gaddafi to relinquish his four-decade grip on power.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States and its NATO allies were still considering a “no-fly” zone over Libya, although military commanders warned of the peril to allied aircraft of enforcing it.

Mar 1, 2011

U.S. ships move toward Libya amid fears of chaos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. warships sailed toward Libya on Tuesday as Washington warned that the oil-producing North African country could descend into chaos unless embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi relinquished power.

The repositioning of U.S. ships and aircraft closer to Libya is widely seen as a symbolic show of force since neither the United States nor its NATO allies have shown any appetite for direct military intervention in the turmoil that has seen Gaddafi lose control of large swaths of his country.

Feb 28, 2011

U.S. moves warships closer to Libya, freezes assets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States began moving warships and aircraft closer to Libya on Monday and froze $30 billion in Libyan assets, ramping up pressure on leader Muammar Gaddafi after calling on him to step down.

The ships could be used for humanitarian and rescue missions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Geneva, where she told the U.N. Human Rights Council that Gaddafi was using “mercenaries and thugs” to suppress a popular uprising.

Feb 25, 2011

U.S. to hit Libya with sanctions, shuts embassy

WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The United States announced
on Friday it would soon impose sanctions on Libya and bluntly
said the legitimacy of longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
had been “reduced to zero.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney did not specify what the
measures were or when they would be imposed but said the
sanctions would be coordinated with European allies.

Feb 25, 2011

U.S. to impose sanctions on Libya, cuts ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States announced on Friday it was imposing sanctions on Libya and bluntly said the legitimacy of its longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi had been “reduced to zero.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney did not specify what the restrictive measures were or when they would be imposed but said the sanctions would be coordinated with European allies.

Feb 25, 2011

U.S. weighs actions as Americans leave Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A ferry carrying hundreds of Americans and other evacuees finally sailed from Libya on Friday, removing what U.S. officials feared could be used as a bargaining chip by an embattled Muammar Gaddafi.

President Barack Obama’s administration has been criticized for its relatively restrained response to the Libyan leader’s bloody crackdown on protesters, but U.S. officials say the main concern has been the safety of Americans in the oil-producing North African country.

Feb 24, 2011

Trapped ferry limits U.S. response to Libya crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A ferry carrying hundreds of Americans that has become central to Washington’s response to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s bloody crackdown on opponents remained trapped in Tripoli on Thursday.

U.S. officials say they have tempered their response to the violence in Libya for fear that tougher language could invite retaliation against U.S. citizens in the North African country. High winds and rough seas have stalled the ferry’s departure.

Feb 24, 2011

Obama breaks silence, condemns Libya crackdown

WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
on Wednesday condemned the “unacceptable” bloodshed in Libya
and said he would work with other countries to hold Muammar
Gaddafi’s government accountable.

In his first public comments on Gaddafi’s efforts to crush
a popular revolt that erupted alongside uprisings elsewhere in
the region, Obama said his administration was looking at “the
full range of options that we have to respond to this crisis.”