NATO Unaware Qaddafi Was in Convoy at Time of Strike, Officials Say
NATO acknowledged Friday that its warplanes struck pro-Qaddafi military vehicles but were unaware that the ousted Libyan leader was in the convoy.
NATO’s top commander, meanwhile, said he will recommend the end of the alliance’s Libya mission.
NATO said that the 11 military vehicles targeted Thursday were among a heavily-armed convoy of 75 vehicles transporting Muammar Qaddafi away from Sirte “at high speed” at around 8:30 a.m. local time.
At the time of the strike, NATO did not know that Qaddafi was in the convoy,” the statement said. “NATO’s intervention was conducted solely to reduce the threat towards the civilian population, as required to do under our UN mandate. As a matter of policy:
“NATO Does Not Target Individuals”
Obama: Gadhafi, Iraq Show the U.S. has Renewed its Leadership in the World
The death of Moammar Gadhafi and the announcement of the complete drawdown of troops in Iraq mean the U.S. has renewed its leadership in the world, President Barack Obama said, and it’s now time to focus on the economy by passing the $447 billion jobs bill.
“This week, we had two powerful reminders of how we’ve renewed American leadership in the world,” Obama said during his weekly radio address. “I was proud to announce that — as promised — the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of this year. And in Libya, the death of Moammar Gadhafi showed that our role in protecting the Libyan people, and helping them break free from a tyrant, was the right thing to do.”
These successes are part of “a larger story,” Obama said, that “after a decade of war, we’re turning the page and moving forward, with strength and confidence.”
Now, the president said, “we’re focusing on our greatest challenge as a nation — rebuilding our economy and renewing our strength at home.”
“We have to tackle this challenge with the same urgency and unity that our troops brought to their fight,” he said. “That’s why I’m calling on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act, so we can rebuild our country.”
“They’ve met their responsibilities to America,” he said of the troops. “Now it’s time to meet ours. It’s time to come together and show the world why the United States of America remains the greatest source for freedom and opportunity that the world has ever known.”