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UK eyes another illegal move on Libya

Posted by seumasach on May 17, 2011


17th May, 2011

“The military campaign to date has been a significant success for NATO and our Arab allies, but we need to do more. If we do not up the ante now there is a risk that the conflict could result in Gaddafi clinging to power,” General Sir David Richards said.

Richards said the rules of engagement must be changed; otherwise Gaddafi would stay in power.

“The vice is closing on Gaddafi, but we need to increase the pressure further through more intense military action. We now have to tighten the vice to demonstrate to Gaddafi that the game is up and he must go,” Richards said.

Richards along with other chief NATO officers asked the member states to support more military operations in the area and also to allow them to target Gaddafi’s regime directly.

“At present NATO is not attacking infrastructure targets in Libya. But if we want to increase the pressure on Gaddafi’s regime then we need to give serious consideration to increasing the range of targets we can hit,” he said.

Richards said the United Nations resolution permits NATO to use “all necessary means” in Libya.

“We are not targeting Gaddafi directly, but if it happened that he was in a command and control centre that was hit by NATO and he was killed, then that is within the rules.”

Libya has been the scene of fierce fighting between pro-Gaddafi forces and anti-regime revolutionaries since mid-February. The revolutionary forces seek an end to Gaddafi’s decades-long rule.

The US and NATO forces have unleashed a punishing, UN-mandated aerial bombardment of Libya to pressure Gaddafi to give up power.

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