Arab League Backs No-Fly Zone in Libya

Move could make it easier for UN, US to act
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2011 12:33 PM CST
Arab League Backs No-Fly Zone in Libya
Libyan rebels sit next to munitions in Brega, eastern Libya, on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Moammar Gadhafi just got a little more isolated: The 22-nation Arab League today called on the UN to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, reports the BBC. The bloc presented it as a humanitarian mission as opposed to a military intervention to win over leery members, notes AP. It should make it easier for the West to move ahead with such plans, though the US and others have been skeptical.

The league also declared that Gadhafi's regime had "lost its sovereignty" and said it would establish formal communication with the rebels' interim government, called the National Libyan Council. Click here to read one view on why any kind of US military intervention is a bad idea or here for the latest advances by Gadhafi forces. (Read more Arab League stories.)

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