There are indications that countries including the U.S. and UK are moving closer to possible military intervention in Libya, but reports differ on how close they are, or what action they might take.
International Community Weighs Up Libya Options
(Euronews: 0536 PST, March 1, 2011) The United States is moving warships and aircraft carriers closer to Libya, although military analysts say intervention through force is unlikely. The British government meanwhile says it will work towards a no-fly zone over Libya.
On Monday the U.S. met with NATO partners and other foreign governments to discuss military options. President Barack Obama also met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who expressed frustration with Gaddafi.
U.S. Ships, UK Planes Near Libya Amid Fears of NATO Invasion
(Russia Today: 0248 PST, March 1, 2011) The U.S. has begun repositioning its ships in the Mediterranean, triggering speculation of a NATO invasion of Libya. British planes have reportedly been moved to an airbase in Cyprus for a possible operation. It comes as Libya's long-time leader Colonel Gaddafi remains besieged in the capital Tripoli, with opposition forces nearby. RT's correspondent Peter Oliver has more from neighbouring Egypt.
Military Options Against Libya's Gaddafi
(Al Jazeera English: 0738 PST, March 1, 2011) Fighter jets, aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean, a no-fly zone over Libya, and arming the rebels are all options being weighed up by the United States and its allies in the European Union, as a defiant Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continues to cling to power and is ordering airstrikes on towns and arms depots. There appear to be two main options: both would have to be blessed by the United Nations or NATO.