Fighting continues to rage in Tripoli, Libya as rebels attempt to control the nation’s Capital and seize control of the country from Moammar Gadhafi.
Senator Nelson, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the rebels needed the support of NATO to get as far as they have and cannot expect direct military help from the United States.
“I am not in favor of on-ground support,” Nelson says. “The president has said there will not be Army support on the ground or Marine support on the ground.”
Though the rebels have pushed through to Tripoli and appear to have the heart of the city under control, gunfire has recently intensified. Troops loyal to Gadhafi appear to be fighting back, though numerous reports from Tripoli say it’s too hard to tell who is firing at whom.
A senior NATO official has told CNN the war was “not over yet, although it’s close. We continue to watch for flare-ups from around the country, where there are still going to be pockets of resistance. We are also watching the chemical weapons and Scud missiles to make sure they are not used in the endgame.”
“We believe they’re making progress by their own definition and by their words. The level of progress is probably still in doubt,” Nelson says. “We just don’t know at this point.”
Nelson says the rebels wouldn’t be as close to taking control of the country without NATO.