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U.S. severs all security ties with Libya after strengthening them in 2010

WASHINGTON — The United States said it has ended military cooperation with Libya.


The administration of President Barack Obama ordered a halt to all military contacts with the Libyan regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Officials said contacts were severed in late February amid the revolt in the North African state.

"What limited military relationships we had with the Gadhafi government are at an end," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

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In a briefing on March 1, Gates did not detail the military relationship between Tripoli and Washington, Middle East Newsline reported. But other officials said the contacts focused on counter-insurgency, particularly Al Qaida, but also discussed plans for U.S. training of Libyan forces.

Officials said U.S. military cooperation with Libya was intensified in 2010. They said the administration had also been examining a range of weapons requests from Gadhafi.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, said the military has sought to maintain cooperation with Libya's neighbor Egypt. The administration has approved $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid to Egypt for fiscal 2011.

"I've engaged, you know, my counterpart in Egypt a number of times," Mullen said. "They greatly appreciate the relationship. They're working their way through this, and they appreciate the support."

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