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Your Libya Update - Libya Rebels Gain Diplomatic Foothold

Hey, don't I know you from somewhere? Apparently so, in the case of France and the Libyan opposition forces. France has become the very first country on the planet to recognize the Libyan National Council, the group that aims to take down dictator Moammar Gadhafi, according to the Wall Street Journal. Why does this matter? Well, it legitimizes the opposition forces, and takes away diplomatic power from Gadhafi. To add insult to injury, the WSJ reports that the United States plans to meet with the Libyan National Council to talk:

The Libyan National Council, meanwhile, is urging the international community to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, according to Reuters. A spokesman for the Council told Reuters:

The Libyan National Council has the support of Great Britain and France, who like the idea of a no-fly zone. But so far, as we all know, the United States isn't exactly keen on the idea. In fact, today at a meeting of NATO officials in Belgium, the Stars and Stripes reports Defense Secretary Robert Gates said NATO would assist other organizations like the United Nations if necessary, but won't take the initiative on a no-fly zone.