Washington (CNN) - The United States still does not have enough information about rebel forces in Libya to arm them, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers told CNN on Sunday.
Rogers welcomed the defection of more members of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime, including Foreign Affairs Minister Moussa Koussa, who fled to Britain last week.
"Every time there's a defection from the Gadhafi regime, it's good news for the rebels and good news for us," said Rogers, R-Michigan.
But it isn't enough to provide weapons to the Libyan opposition, he said.
"We know who the rebels are against, we just don't know who the rebels are for quite yet," Rogers said. "Lots of desperate groups coming together to try to overthrow Gadhafi – we're just not sure what they're for, who they are, what they want to see after Gadhafi is gone."
Rogers has previously expressed trepidation about repeating history by offering arms to groups that could ultimately turn against the United States in the future.
In the 1980s, the United States helped arm the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in their fight against the Soviet Union. Some of the mujahedeen eventually splintered off to become the Taliban fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan today.