Libya Will 'Take Up Arms' Against No-Fly Zone: Gadhafi

Even so, it appears to be a serious possibility as top leaders discuss
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2011 7:48 AM CST
Updated Mar 9, 2011 7:58 AM CST
This video image taken from Libyan state television broadcast on Thursday March 9, 2011 shows Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi addressing supporters in Tripoli, Libya.   (AP Photo/Libyan state television via APTN)

(Newser) – As the possibility of a no-fly zone over Libya looms larger, Moammar Gadhafi has become increasingly defiant. He recently told Turkey’s public television station that Libyans will “take up arms” against any countries that support such a measure, the Telegraph reports. More on the no-fly zone front:

  • President Obama and British PM David Cameron announced they will take a “full spectrum” of action on Libya, and a no-fly zone was one of the measures being discussed, the Telegraph reports. Other measures include surveillance and arms embargo enforcement.
  • Obama is discussing a possible US intervention, including a no-fly zone, today with top officials including Hillary Clinton, Jim Jones, and Leon Panetta, the AP reports.

  • But last night, Clinton told Sky News that a no-fly zone must be backed by the international community, and not led by the US, Reuters reports. "Now there are countries that do not agree with” the enforcement of a no-fly zone, she said, “and we think it's important that the United Nations make this decision, not the United States. So far the United Nations has not done that.”
  • Experts note that even if a no-fly zone is imposed, Gadhafi will likely be able to get around it by using attack helicopters, which are more difficult to detect, the AP reports.
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