Libyan Rebels: We're Being Armed
Qatar likely sending weapons; trainers likely on the ground
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2011 8:48 AM CDT
Libyan Army Maj. Gen. Saleh Abdullah Ibrahim gestures during a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, April 16, 2011.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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(Newser) – Libyan rebels are getting a little help from abroad in their quest to drive out Moammar Gadhafi, reports the New York Times, with Gen. Abdel Fattah Younes yesterday confirming that his troops had received weapons from nations he wouldn't name. Qatar's emir said Thursday his nation would send arms, and Italy's foreign minister has said such shipments would be justified.

Benghazi has lately received numerous shipments—though allegedly humanitarian aid—from Qatar, notes the Times. And the rebels are hinting that foreign trainers are coming along with the weaponry: A rebel spokesman, when noting that rebels have started "professional training centers," simply winked twice when asked about the presence of trainers. “We have a lot of people being trained, real professional training, that we don’t talk to the world about,” he said.