Libya's Rebels Under Fire

Friday, April 01, 2011

Libyan anti-Kadhafi fighters wave the flag of the rebellion as they gather some 30 kilometers before the eastern town of Brega on March 31, 2011. (ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Speaking to Congress on Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that he opposes arming the Libyan rebels. Gate's position is in line with the NATO forces, who have taken over command of Operation Protectorate, as the air attack on Libya is now being called. NATO commanders say they will enforce the arms embargo, no-fly zone and focus on protecting civilians – but not necessarily the rebels.

Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer for The New Yorker, has been spending time with the rebels and reports from Libya on their progress. Also Robert Worth, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, featured the rebels in Benghazi in this week’s magazine.


Jon Lee Anderson and Robert Worth

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]

Laura Kriska from Brooklyn, NY

Re: Japan Support
Two weeks ago you played a comment I called in asking Americans to be respectful of Japan by paying attention (I speak Japanese and authored a book about Japan). I've created a campaign to send letters and artwork from kids,, to Japanese people living in shelters by partnering with an aid org in Tokyo called Second Harvest. I hope you will consider spreading the word about this on the Takeaway.

Please tell John that I'm a fellow Saint Ann's parent and that Tina Fallon suggested I get in touch with him.

Many thanks.

Laura Kriska

Apr. 01 2011 07:13 AM

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