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Obama, top aides meet on Libya

As U.S., European strikes on Libya continue, President Obama, from Brazil, confers with top national security officials. Those on the conference call include Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

March 20, 2011|By Paul Richter | Washington Bureau

Reporting from Washington — President Obama, traveling in Brazil, met with senior national security officials on a conference call Sunday morning to discuss the opening hours of the international military campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.

U.S. and European forces struck Libyan air defenses and other targets starting Saturday, using warships and fighter jets. On Sunday, U.S., French and British forces continued blasting military targets.

Obama talked at 9:30 a.m. with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough and Gen. Carter Ham, head of the U.S. military operations in Africa, the White House said.

Ham briefed Obama on the military situation. The group also discussed the military and diplomatic consultations underway on Libya, the White House said.

paul.richter@latimes.com

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