6:02pm

Sat March 19, 2011
Africa

Gadhafi Supporters Rally As Obama Explains Action

Following the air strikes, Moammar Gadhafi supporters got loud and boisterous on Saturday, rallying around the leader, says NPR's David Greene.

And while Libyan officials say they have been respecting the ceasefire, reports dispute that, Greene tells NPR's Guy Raz.

Greene says that pro-Gadhafi militias in Benghazi reportedly have been "cleansing terrorist groups."

In a speech on Saturday, President Obama told Americans that "the use of force is not our first choice and it's not a choice that I make lightly, but we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells its people that, there will be no mercy."

Obama also reiterated that there would be no U.S. troops on the ground in Libya.

"As I said yesterday, we will not — I repeat — we will not deploy any U.S. troops on the ground," Obama said. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.