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Obama threatens military action against Kadafi

March 18, 2011|By Rong-Gong Lin II | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

President Obama threatened today to use military action against the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi if he did not stop his advance on the rebels and permit humanitarian assistance to reach Libya.

He said the United Nations Security Council resolution, which on Thursday authorized "all necessary measures" to protect civilians, permitted the use of force.

"The resolution will be enforced through military action" if necessary, Obama said from the White House.

But he also said that the United States would not deploy ground troops in the north African country. "We are not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal," Obama said.

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