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CIA operatives sent to Libya

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- CIA operatives were sent to Libya this month after the agency's station in the capital closed, according to an American official and a former U.S. intelligence officer.

Intelligence experts say the CIA would have sent officials to make contact with the opposition and assess the needs of the rebels in case President Barack Obama decided to provide them with arms.

The New York Times reported the CIA had sent in small groups of operatives.

CIA officers also helped rescue one of the two crew members of an F-15E Strike Eagle that crashed.

The former intelligence officer and American official said the CIA helped recover the fighter jet's weapons specialist. Both spoke anonymously due to the sensitivity of the information.

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