A congressional aide tells The Associated Press that Sen. John McCain is heading to Libya to meet with rebel forces. Brooke Buchanan, press secretary for the senator, says McCain was scheduled to arrive in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Friday.
McCain is the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He pressed for U.S. military intervention in Libya long before the U.N. Security Council voted on March 17 to authorize military action to protect civilians and impose a no-fly zone.
He has backed President Barack Obama's military moves without full-blown congressional approval, saying the president couldn't wait. But McCain has been critical of the withdrawal of U.S. combat aircraft from the regular cycle of NATO strikes.