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US rules out sending ground troops to Libya

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US has categorically ruled out sending ground troops to Libya to train the rebels fighting to dislodge the Muammar Gaddafi regime.

President Barack Obama, however, supports the decision in this regard by European allies including Italy, France and Britain, his chief spokesman told reporters.

"The President, obviously, was aware of this decision and supports it, and believes it will help the opposition," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

"But it does not at all change the President's policy on no boots on the ground for American troops," Carney said when asked if the United States too is contemplating sending troops on the ground in Libya.

First Published: Thu, April 21 2011. 11:43 IST