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Arab League approves no-fly zone in Libya. But is it too late?

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(Read caption) Arab League chief Amr Moussa (l.), Oman's Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi (c.) and the Arab League's undersecretary general Ahmed bin Helli attend the Arab League emergency meeting in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday. The Arab League approved a no-fly zone in Libya at a closed emergency meeting in Cairo, Saturday.

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The United States and United Kingdom expressed their approval of the Arab League's call Saturday for a United Nations no-fly zone over Libya. But despite the League's request, it remains unclear how effective a no-fly zone over Libya might be as Libyan rebels continue to lose key cities and towns to Col. Muammar Qadaffi's forces.

Agence France-Presse reports that Libyan rebels fled the oil town of Brega Sunday, as Colonel Qadaffi's forces continued to advance toward the rebel-held city of Benghazi in the east. AFP notes that the rebels' morale had been bolstered by the Arab League's call for a no-fly zone, which came before the retreat from Brega. (See map.)

The White House called the League's request an "important step" in dealing with the Libyan crisis, reports Reuters.

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