On the eve of the transfer of Libya command from the US to NATO, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis faced tough questioning from the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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NATO's Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the military alliance will take over full operations of the current campaign there, including the protection of civilians, in the next 48 hours.
On Capitol Hill, Admiral Stavridis faced tough questions about whether NATO allies are sufficiently united in their interpretation of the goals of the mission upon which they have embarked – and whether the United States has an exit strategy in Libya.
"Events at this point are so fluid," said Stavridis, that any talk of exit strategy is "frankly premature."
Senators probed the NATO commander about the possible presence of Al Qaeda elements within Libyan rebel ranks.