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Politico - 4 GOP Senators in Libya to Meet New Leaders

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By Tim Mak

Four Republican senators traveled to Libya on Thursday to meet with the former rebels who overthrew the regime of Col. Moammar Qadhafi.

Sens. Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Mark Kirk will meet with members of the National Transitional Council, made up largely of the opposition movement that knocked Qadhafi from power, reports the AP.

The senators planned to visit Tripoli's Martyrs Square, renamed after Qadhafi was removed from power in the capital and much of the country late last month. Sporadic fighting continues in Qadhafi's hometown of Sirte and a few other loyalist strongholds.

The trip will be brief - Rubio's office announced that he will be back in Florida on Friday evening, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

All four Republicans have been supporters of U.S. military intervention in Libya.

McCain and Graham, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee both pressed President Obama for intervention in the north African state weeks before the U.N. Security Council agreed to impose a no-fly zone earlier this year. McCain traveled to Libya in April, where he met with rebels in Benghazi.

In March, Rubio wrote a letter to Democratic and Republican leaders, writing that "removing Moamar Qadhafi from power is in our national interest." Kirk has similarly backed efforts by the U.S. military to intervene in Libya by enforcing a no-fly zone.


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