[This is the headline over an Agence France Presse news agency report published on Tuesday. It reads in part:]
A key Senate panel voted Tuesday to authorize the US military role in the NATO-led campaign against Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi's forces but forbid the deployment of ground troops.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed a resolution green-lighting the US role for one year by a 14-5 margin after rejecting an attempt by Republican Senator Richard Lugar to end direct US combat strikes on Libyan targets.
The panel's actions came amid a bitter political dispute over whether President Barack Obama should have secured congressional permission to take part in the three-month-old campaign.
Democratic Senator John Kerry told AFP he hoped the full Senate could take up the measure this week. (...)
The panel also approved an amendment urging the president to press any successor government to Kadhafi's regime to cooperate in a new investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.
[Any new investigation would, of course, be welcome. But to be meaningful it would require to extend much further than the role, if any, that Libya may have played. I very much doubt if such a broad-based investigation would be welcomed by either the US or UK governments.]