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Senate panel gives U.S. mission in Libya one year

WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution limiting the U.S. role in NATO's Libya mission to one year.

The resolution passed on a 14-5 vote. It puts the Senate at odds with the House of Representatives, which last week rejected a measure to extend the three-month-old U.S. involvement in Libya for a year. The full Senate is expected to take up the resolution next month.

Several senators expressed serious reservations about how Obama went about engaging American forces and raised questions about whether the president violated the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which no president has ever acknowledged as binding.

That law requires a president to seek congressional approval within 60 days of the start of any conflict. If approval isn't granted, U.S. involvement is to end within 30 days.

Rebels seize weapons: Rebels in Libya's Nafusa mountains seized control of and pillaged a massive weapons depot Tuesday after a short desert battle with troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

Yemen bombs tribal area: Yemeni government warplanes and artillery pounded several villages of antigovernment tribes north of the capital, Sana, on Tuesday, killing at least three people, Sheik Ali Youssef of the Naham tribe said.

Saudi to pull troops from Bahrain: Saudi Arabia plans to pull some units out of the 1,500-strong Gulf force it sent to help quell a Shiite-led uprising for greater rights, the Associated Press said it was told by a Saudi official. Nabil al-Hammar, an adviser to Bahrain's king, said there are no plans for a full withdrawal.

This report contains information from Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and McClatchy Newspapers.

Senate panel gives U.S. mission in Libya one year 06/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:09am]
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