April 25, 2011

WASHINGTON – Senator John McCain urged the United States on Sunday to step up its involvement in NATO air strikes on Libya, warning that a stalemate would likely draw Al-Qaeda into the conflict.

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Speaking from Cairo fresh from a visit to the Libyan stronghold of Benghazi, McCain welcomed President Barack Obama’s authorization of Predator drones but urged him to recommit crucial American fighter planes as well.

“The longer we delay, the more likely it is there’s a stalemate,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press”. “And if you’re worried about Al-Qaeda entering into this fight, nothing would bring Al-Qaeda in more rapidly and more dangerously than a stalemate.”

At the start of the popular uprising threatening his four-decade rule, Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi accused the rebels of being stooges of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

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