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May 13, 1986

Former Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger said the Reagan Administration's decision to use F-111 fighter-bombers stationed in Britain for last month's attack on Libya was based on political rather than military grounds. The raid could have been mounted solely by carrier-based planes, Schlesinger said, but President Reagan wanted to show that he had at least some European support for the attack. Among Washington's European allies, only Britain supported the assault.

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