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McCain urges Libyan militias to join national army

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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Sen. John McCain has urged Libya's militias to integrate themselves into the country's new national army.

McCain spoke to reporters in Tripoli on Wednesday after meeting with former rebel commanders and the chairman of the ruling National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil.

The NTC has struggled to impose its authority on the fighters who overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi in an bloody civil war last year.

McCain says he advocated the collection of weapons by the authorities, saying that if they "fall into the wrong hands, it would pose a very serious threat."

The senator says he raised the issue of alleged abuses inside prisons run by militias.

McCain was a strong advocate of U.S. intervention to stop Gadhafi's crackdown on the uprising.

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