Home » International News » U.S. recognizes Libyan rebels’ authority

U.S. recognizes Libyan rebels’ authority

Istanbul (CNN) — The United States now recognizes the main opposition group in Libya “as the legitimate governing authority” in a country that Moammar Gadhafi has long ruled with an iron first, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday. U.S. recognition of the Transitional National Council is a major diplomatic policy shift that could give the rebels access to Libyan regime assets that have been frozen by the United States. Clinton announced the change in Istanbul at a meeting of the Libya Contact Group, the alliance of nations working to deal with the Libyan crisis. Applause rippled through the audience as she spoke. Clinton said the Transitional National Council, also known as the…