U.S. puts “squeeze” on Gaddafi to remove him.

The United States and its NATO allies are stepping up…

The United States and its NATO allies are stepping up military operations against Muammar Gaddafi, hoping for a final “squeeze” to drive him from power — or possibly kill him — a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

The comments, made on condition of anonymity, follow days of some of the heaviest bombing of the three-month-old war and indicated a shift in Washington, which has previously spoken of a stalemate and has fought shy of making Gaddafi a target.

The United States is still officially abiding by a U.N. mandate which formally limits NATO to protecting civilians.
The allies have said repeatedly that the 69-year-old leader must make way for a new, democratic administration but have insisted that killing him is not the object of their bombing.

The U.S. official said, however, that “no one would shed a tear” if Gaddafi were to die in one of the many attacks, some with bunker-busting bombs, on facilities across Libya.

Source: Reuters

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