Libyan Rebels Get Secret Training
Anonymous rebel says US, Egyptian forces teaching them
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2011 10:59 AM CDT
Libyan rebels shell pro Gadhafi positions just outside Brega, Libya, Sunday, April 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
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(Newser) – There have been reports that the CIA's on the ground in Libya, but al-Jazeera now says that Libyan rebels are receiving covert training and possibly weapons from US and Egyptian special forces. An unnamed rebel tells a Jazeera reporter in Benghazi that rebels had been supplied with "state-of-the-art, heat-seeking rockets" that entered the country through Egypt, "and that they needed to be trained on how to use them, which was one of the things the American and Egyptian special forces were there to do." The report might explain why rebels have been so reticent about criticizing NATO troops.