Officials say US readying for no-fly zone in Libya
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional officials say the Obama administration is readying plans to participate in a no-fly zone in Libya with the help of Arab countries in anticipation of a United Nations Security Council resolution.
These officials said Thursday they expected the effort to enforce a no-fly zone and ground Moammar Gadhafi's air force could begin within a few days if the UN takes action by day's end. They spoke after a briefing for members of the Senate.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says he doesn't acknowledge the U.N. Security Council's decision to authorize military action to protect Libya's civilians and impose a no-fly zone over the country. And he promises to respond harshly to any U.N.-sponsored attack.
Gadhafi forces have been fighting rebels trying to oust him.