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Britain to Send Advisers to Libya Amid Rebel Disarray

Critics in UK already warning of 'mission creep'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2011 8:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – With anti-Ghadafi rebels still bickering over who's actually their leader, Britain plans to dispatch a team of miitary advisers to Benghazi to help them get their act together. London insists the advisers won't arm or train rebels or go beyond the UN mandate, reports al-Jazeera. Their biggest order of business may simply be figuring out which of two rival commanding officers to deal with, notes the New York Times.

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The British decision immediately drew criticism at home, reports the Guardian. "However much one despises the brutality of the Gaddafi clan which rules Libya, the fact remains that there is a danger of mission creep," said a Labour MP. "There is a civil war in Libya and this is a big escalation of Britain's involvement." On that note, the Libyan government denounced the move as well as a proposal to send in EU troops to guard aid deliveries, reports the Washington Post. It vowed to fight any foreign troops on its soil. (Read more Libya stories.)

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