March 21, 2011
Allied forces carrying out air strikes in Libya say Colonel Muammar Gaddafi himself is not a target, despite an overnight attack against his compound. The chief of UK armed forces said attacks on Libya’s leader were “not allowed” under a UN resolution calling for the protection of Libyan civilians. And a French spokesman said that even if the Libyan leader’s exact location was known, he would not be fired on. Col Gaddafi has been fighting a rebellion that broke out last month. On Sunday UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox said targeting Col Gaddafi could “potentially be a possibility”. But on Monday Britain’s Chief of Defence Staff, Sir David Richards, said he was “absolutely not” a target. “It’s not allowed under the UN resolution,” he added. The document, approved by the Security Council last week, authorises “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from pro-Gaddafi forces – including a no-fly zone.