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UK Sending Military Advisory Team to Help Libyan Opposition

MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain's National Security Council announced Tuesday it will expand its personnel in Libya, sending an additional military liaison advisory team to work with the opposition there.

The added team will be "drawn from experienced British military officers" and will join a U.K. diplomatic team already working with the Libyan National Transition Council in Benghazi.

"These additional personnel will enable the U.K. to build on the work already being undertaken to support and advise the NTC on how to better protect civilians," the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a statement.  "In particular they will advise the NTC on how to improve their military organisational structures, communications and logistics, including how best to distribute humanitarian aid and deliver medical assistance.

Britain said the military team will not be involved in training or providing weapons for rebel forces fighting off those loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

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