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John McCain Meets With Rebel Leaders in Libya

Friday, 22 Apr 2011 12:28 PM

Arizona Sen. John McCain arrived in Benghazi, Libya, early Friday to meet with rebel leaders as President Obama authorized the use of armed drones over the country, KABC in Los Angeles reported Friday.

McCain is the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and has been a vocal advocate of U.S. intervention to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power.

McCain didn’t provide details about his trip, and what he wanted to accomplish. But he said he hoped the trip would be a productive one.

During his stay in Libya, McCain planned to meet with the rebel National Transition Council, the de-facto government in the eastern half of the country, and members of the rebel military.

The president authorized armed Predator drones to be used in airstrikes against forces loyal to Gadhafi.

It’s the first time the drones will be used since the United States turned over control of the Libya intervention to NATO.

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