March 10, 2011 by staff 

Clapper, The director of U.S. intelligence has predicted national besieged the Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi will defeat the rebels challenging his grip on power. James Clapper told the U.S. Senate that Muammar Gaddafi of superior military force would prevail in the long term.

And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would not act without international permission Libya.

Meanwhile, the rebels fled the Libyan port of Ras Lanuf after the attacks on forces Col Gaddafi.

In Washington, Mr. Clapper, who is the superior intelligence advisor to President Barack Obama, told the Senate he has seen no evidence Muammar Gaddafi would withdraw from power.

“Hunkering Down”

He warned military Muammar Gaddafi was stronger than had been previously described.

In response to calls by some senior United States Senate to establish a no-fly zone, Mr. Clapper said the air defense Muammar Gaddafi was “very important”.

“Gaddafi is there for the long term,” said Clapper.

“I do not think he intended, despite some press speculation to the contrary, and go away. From all the evidence we have … it seems to be hunkering for the duration. ”

Mr. Clapper said one possible consequence could be the division of Libya into three autonomous states.

Also on Thursday, the U.S. has revoked the diplomatic status of Libyan envoys left in the embassy in Washington and has suspended operations of the embassy.

Clinton said the United States meet with representatives of the Libyan opposition, but said the U.S. would not take unilateral military action.

“We want to see if there is a will of the international community to provide authorization for further action,” she told a committee of the House of Representatives.

“In the absence of international authorization, the United States acting alone would be stepping into a situation whose consequences are unpredictable.”

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