U.S. recognizes rebels as Libya's official government listen07/15/11 wire reports including AP
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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has rejected the decision by the U.S. and other countries to recognize the rebels fighting to oust him, and he vows never to surrender.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says recognition of the rebel council comes after U.S. officials took time to assess their intentions.
Diplomatic recognition of the National Transitional Council could help the rebels gain access to the Gadhafi regime's frozen financial assets, which include some $30 billion in American banks.