Israeli DEBKA website reported that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asked during a visit to Egypt on Wednesday from the President of the ruling Supreme Military Council Hussein Tantawi to approve the use of air bases in Egypt under
no-fly zone over Libya’s territory, and to direct air strikes against targets in Libya.
The site –which is close to the Israeli intelligence – said that the U.S. Secretary told Tantawi, she hopes the UN Security Council approves no-fly zone over Libya in the emergency meeting on Thursday.
But she pointed out that this may not be enough to stop the advancing forces of Colonel Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi and Washington might resort to military operations against the Gadadafi Battalions.
Clinton did not give further details, but sources who spoke to site DEBKAfile said that the White House likely U.S. military flights option To stop the advancing of Gaddafi troops towards Benghazi the main rebel stronghold.
For his part, Tantawi promised – according to news website – U.S. Secretary of work to convince the Supreme Military Council on Thursday before the Security Council meeting and to inform the Council’s decision before she leaving the Middle East.
According to sources, the Pentagon intends to use the base of Mansoura, the largest air base in Egypt for the implementation of the air embargo and airstrikes on Libya.
Later in the day, a spokeswoman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Menha Bakhoum said that Egypt would not participate in any military intervention in Libya, in response to Clinton comments on the Arab participation in the air embargo.
It is noteworthy that U.S. naval definitely stationed off the coast of Libya, including the aircraft carrier “USS Enterprise” and PitcherPitcher of the missile cruiser ” Laity golf,” and the helicopter carrier “USS Kearsarge.” Agencies