After Setbacks, Libyan Rebels Get Secret Help

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American and British undercover operatives are inside Libya aiding rebel forces after President Barack Obama recently ordered the secret operation.

Obama signed an order, known as "a finding," for the undercover help within the last two or three week, according to Reuters.

News of the move has drawn more scrutiny over the scope of America's involvement in the mission against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. There's now speculation that the finding is the start of more concrete actions, such as actively supplying weapons to the rebels.

Meanwhile, Gadhafi said he'll stay in his country until the very end to witness the defeat of his enemies.

Troops loyal to the Gadhafi regime pounded away at rebel strongholds Thursday, dealing a serious blow to the substantial gains protestors made in recent weeks.

Still, within 24 hours, Gadhafi suffered some setbacks, including the defection of a top Libyan aide Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa.

Three days ago, rebels controlled key cities along Libya's northern coast as they made critical advances in Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte. But just as quickly, government forces recaptured all that territory.

"You establish a no-fly zone and you say that you are not going to add any additional support. I think this retreat clearly shows that more support is needed and needed badly if they are going to get anywhere against Gadhafi," CBN News Senior Editor John Waage said.

Many are wondering just how many rebel fighters are engaged against the Gadhafi regime. By one account there are less than 1,000. Of those rebels, only a few hundred are core fighters.

"By looking at this footage, it is quite obvious that this is just a rag tag militia that's riding around in pick up trucks with machine guns, a few RPG's," CBN News Senior International Correspondent Gary Lane explained. "It is hardly an army capable of overthrowing a regime."

The rebels are clearly outnumbered and out gunned. Now, fear and despair are setting in after the recent significant loses.

"We are terrified," one resident said. "We wanted to get out."

After reports of President Obama's order, his administration hinted that more support for Libya's rebel forces may come from the outside.

"The broader question of assistance to the opposition is one that we're looking at very closely," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

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