CIA Teams in Libya
The CIA has small teams in Libya but their precise role is unclear according to a former U.S. Intelligence officer and the Associated Press. What is known, officers assisted in the rescue of one of the two U.S. crew members when an F-15 went down due to mechanical problems. Intelligence experts say the CIA would have sent officers to make contact with the opposition and assess the strength and needs of the rebel forces battling Moamma Gadhafi in the event President Obama decided to arm them. The New York Times first reported the CIA sent in groups of operatives and that British agents were directing air strikes. The President said Monday night no U.S. ground troops would be used in Libya.