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The World

September 18, 1987

The National Security Council staff ordered Navy commandos into Libya for clandestine demolition and intelligence missions last year, according to a published report. The Journal newspapers, which circulate in the suburbs of Washington, quoted anonymous sources as saying the CIA was not informed of the missions. It said Navy SEAL units landed repeatedly from submarines near the Libyan city of Benghazi from May to October last year. The teams blew up communications lines, collected intelligence on coastal defenses and engaged in "deceit and cover" operations intended to destabilize Col. Moammar Kadafi's regime, according to the article.

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