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Gadhafi Supporters Rally As Obama Explains Action

President Obama walks off stage after making a statement about limited military action against Libya from Brasilia, Brazil on March 19, 2011. The president declared once again that the United States would not send ground forces to Libya.
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President Obama walks off stage after making a statement about limited military action against Libya from Brasilia, Brazil on March 19, 2011. The president declared once again that the United States would not send ground forces to Libya.

Following the air strikes on Saturday, Moammar Gadhafi supporters got loud and boisterous, 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.

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