The White House said President Barack Obama was briefed Sunday morning on the latest developments by counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and heard reports from U.S. teams on the ground in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also received an update on the rapidly unfolding situation.
Rebel forces were said to be fewer than 20 miles (32 kilometers) outside Tripoli, where they captured a key military base that protects the capital. An Associated Press reporter with the rebels saw them take over the base of the Khamis Brigade, 16 miles (26 kilometers) west of Tripoli.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. will remain in close contact with its allies and Libyan rebel leaders. Brennan is with the president as he vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.