US, allies eye post-Gadhafi Libya

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Posted: Jun 08, 2011 4:03 PM
US, allies eye post-Gadhafi Libya

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Abu Dhabi for talks with counterparts from countries backing NATO's military mission in Libya on preparing the country for embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi's eventual departure.

Though the defiant Gadhafi shows no sign of leaving despite intensified pressure to go and stepped up NATO airstrikes, U.S. officials say his days in power are numbered. The officials said Clinton will use Thursday's meeting in Abu Dhabi to press allies for more support for the Libyan opposition.

The opposition Transitional National Council has begun drawing up plans for how it will provide security and public services when Gadhafi is gone. The officials say the U.S. would support those efforts and would not let the financially-troubled opposition go under.