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The heart of Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli lay in shambles Monday following bombing by the United States and its allies, prompting a debate about whether the allies were trying to kill the Libyan leader.

U.S. Vice Adm. Bill Gortney said neither Gadhafi nor his residence had been targeted. “We are not going after Gadhafi,” he told reporters at the Pentagon. Asked about reports of smoke rising from the area of the Libyan leader’s palace, Gortney said, “We are not targeting his residence.”

The British called off a second bombing run targeting the compound for fear of hitting civilians, a Ministry of Defence spokesman told CNN Monday, declining to be named in line with British tradition.

The ministry said earlier that Royal Air Force GR4 Tornadoes were told not to launch weapons after “information came to light that identified a number of civilians within the intended target area.” At the time it did not identify the target of the aborted mission.

Source: CNN

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