Pentagon: "concerned" about U.S. military action in Libya

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:46 PM
Pentagon: "concerned" about U.S. military action in Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon voiced concern on Thursday about the prospect of military action in Libya as pressure grows for U.N. backing of a no-fly zone or air strikes in Libya.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking to lawmakers in recent weeks, has cautioned a no-fly zone would be a risky operation requiring air strikes to cripple local air defenses.

"It would be logical if one of his concerns about a no-fly zone is the element of attacking Libyan air defenses, then an option of air strikes would be pretty similar," said Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman.

"I think you could safely say there would be a concern about conducting military operations inside Libya."