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U.S. seeking "unilateral" Libya sanctions. State Department has cut U.S. operations in Libya

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli is closed and the U.S. is seeking “unilateral” sanctions against Libya in the wake of strongman Qadhafi’s violent crackdown on protestors.

Never a time when “this much done so quickly,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Friday.

Said Carney: “The State Department has suspended embassy operations in Libya and will temporarily withdraw all embassy employees from Tripoli. A ferry with approximately 200 U.S. citizens left this morning. A charter plane recently took off for Istanbul,

Turkey, with remaining embassy personnel and American citizens who had

requested evacuation.”