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US to begin drone strikes in Libya

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(Read caption) Members of the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron from Indian Springs, Nevada perform pre-flight checks on a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle prior to a mission in this Nov. 9, 2001 file photo shot at an undisclosed location. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday evening, April 21, President Obama had approved the use of drones for strikes against Col. Qaddafi's forces and defense positions.

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The US announced it will begin using armed drones against forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, raising further concerns about "mission creep" in Libya after a trio of European powers also decided this week to send military advisers to train the rebels. Sen. John McCain called the rebels "heroes" on a surprise visit to Benghazi today.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Thursday evening that President Obama had approved the use of drones for strikes against Col. Qaddafi's forces and defense positions. The announcement marks the United States' return to a direct combat role in the Libyan conflict, which had ceased when the US handed control of Libya operations to NATO in early April, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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