Obama, Allies Mull Arming Libyan Rebels

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Libyan rebels have suffered badly at the hands of much better armed pro-Qaddafi forces over the past couple of days. They seem to be losing the momentum gained during the weekend amid NATO’s aerial support. Now, US President Barack Obama has been forced to consider whether to arm the rebels with American weaponry- a move that could divide the wary international alliance carrying out military campaign in the North African country. Top NATO commander has warned that there were some “flickers” of Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda among the rebels. The long-term interests of the fighters in seeing democracy strengthen in Libya still remains questionable.