AP: CIA sent operatives into Libya

09:02, March 31, 2011      

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The Associated Press reported Wednesday that US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has sent small teams of operatives into Libya, and they helped rescuing one of the two ejected American pilots when their F15 jet fighter exploded in a military strike.

The AP report said CIA's precise role in Libya is unclear. Intelligence experts said the CIA would have sent operatives to make contact with the opposition forces in Libya, while assessing the strength and needs of the rebel forces in the event U.S. President Barack Obama would decide to arm the rebels.

CIA officers have helped safely recover one of the F15 fighter's crew, who was first picked up by rebels. The pilot was later rescued by U.S. Marines.
The New York Times first reported the CIA had sent in groups of CIA operatives and that British operatives were directing air strikes.

By People's Daily Online / Agencies
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