Libya Conf Lict at Stalemate Says U.S. Admiral

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Libya Conf Lict at Stalemate Says U.S. Admiral


AMERICA'S top military officer has admitted that the conflict in Libya is approaching 'stalemate'.

Admiral Mike Mullen, in a grim assessment for the Western powers whose involvement grows ever deeper, said the war was on the point of deadlock.

'It's certainly moving towards a stalemate,' he said while addressing U.S. troops in Iraq.

On Thursday, Washington approved the use of unmanned Predator drones to try to tip the balance.

The United States planned to maintain two patrols of armed Predators above Libya at any given time, Washington said. The drones have proven a potent but controversial weapon in Pakistan and other areas where U.S. forces have no troops on the ground.

They can fly without being noticed from below and hit targets with missiles with no risk to crew.

However, they have killed many civilians by mistake in Pakistan.

'There's no doubt that will help protect civilians and we welcome that step from the American administration,' Libyan rebel spokesman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga said on Al Jazeera television.

The Obama administration has been anxious not to spearhead Nato's Libya campaign.

It has instead let British and French planes do the bombing and has not deployed lowflying ground attack aircraft, unique to U. …

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