Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Halal MREs From U.S. Arrive in Benghazi

Crucial supplies from the United States are arriving in the de facto rebel capital of Benghazi.

More than 10,000 field rations from the U.S. prepared in the Islamic tradition (Halal)  arrived yesterday as opposition fighters prepare to launch another offensive aimed at sweeping up the oil patch towns and terminals on North Central Libya.

The MREs -- meals ready to eat -- from Department of Defense stocks are just the first shipment of millions of dollars worth of surplus non-lethal U.S. aid being sent to the rebels' Transitional National Council.

"Other items are en route and include medical supplies, uniforms, boots, tents, and personal protective gear, and these are also from DOD inventories," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner. "We continue to work with the TNC to determine what additional assistance requirements we might be able to support in the coming weeks."

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