“France there­fore also sent equip­ment al­low­ing them to de­fend them­selves ... ”

Shanghai Daily - - WORLD -

de­ci­sion to send arms had been taken with­out con­sult­ing its NATO part­ners and it quoted a high-level source say­ing it was “be­cause there was no other way to pro­ceed.”

A French mil­i­tary source said that no planes could fly in the area with­out NATO know­ing about it. Le Fi­garo said it had seen a con­fi­den­tial map stamped by French in­tel­li­gence ser­vices show­ing var­i­ous ar­eas in the moun­tains in­clud­ing Yafran and Na­lut un­der the con­trol of rebels where weapons could be sent.

Speak­ing af­ter a meet­ing be­tween French Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Sarkozy and rebel chief Mah­moud Jib­ril, Na­tional Tran­si­tional Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Mah­moud Sham­mam told re­porters on Tues­day it had not asked

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