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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Oct 15, 2012 7:41 PM Flag

    Report: White House considering retaliatory Libya strike

    Report: White House considering retaliatory Libya strike

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    By BYRON TAU |
    10/15/12 4:17 PM EDT
    The Associated Press reports:

    Administration officials say the White House has put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into the skies above Africa, ready to hit militant targets from Libya to Mali, if U.S. investigators can find the al-Qaida-linked group responsible for the death of the U.S. ambassador in Libya.

    But the officials say the administration also is weighing whether the short-term payoff of being able to claim retribution against al-Qaida is worth the risk that such strikes would be ineffective and rile governments in the region.

    Details were provided by three current and one former administration official, as well as an analyst who was approached by the White House for help. All four spoke only on condition of anonymity.

    The White House would not confirm the reports.

    (Also on POLITICO: Clinton defends State on Benghazi)

    "The investigation is on-going and we have nothing new right now. As [Pentagon spokesman] George Little has briefed recently, the DoD continues to monitor the situation closely and we are ready to respond with additional military measures when directed by the president," Robert Firman, a spokesman for the Department of Defense, told POLITICO.


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