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Official: Libyan rebel forces seek democracy

April 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Libyan rebels want to install a parliamentary democracy once they topple the regime of ruler Moammar Gadhafi, a rebel official said.

NATO forces in Libya are taking over the international air campaign after the U.S. seized its role in combat missions.

Rebel forces - defected army units and armed civilians - say they're confident that campaign will soon pay off. A top rebel official said Sunday he thinks Gadahfi will be forced out in a matter of days.

He said his organization seeks to install a parliamentary democracy across the country, but they've still got a long way to go.

Skirmishes between rebels and Libyan government forces continue, with fighting Sunday centered around a strategic oil town.

Meantime, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the U.S. and its allies need to know much more about the rebel forces in Libya before providing them with weapons.

Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan says there may be strains of Al Qaeda within the rebel ranks and that the NATO-led coalition in the campaign against Gadhafi should proceed with caution before arming them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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