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December 7, 2022

NATO ‘must widen’ targets in Libya says UK military head

LONDON/TRIPOLI – The head of the British armed forces has said NATO must intensify its military campaign in Libya by easing the restrictions on bombing targets, the BBC informs. General Sir David Richards told the Sunday Telegraph direct attacks should be launched against the infrastructure propping up Colonel Gaddafi’s regime. He said it was necessary to prevent the Libyan dictator remaining in power.  Meanwhile, Col Gaddafi has taunted NATO troops in an audio message on state TV, saying he was in a place where they “cannot reach” him.

The Libyan government said Friday’s predawn bombing killed clerics who were part of a private peace initiative by 150 religious and tribal leaders and said they were spending the night in a guest house in Brega en route to the rebel-held city of Ajdabiya in eastern Libya, the WSJ informs.

Moammar Gadhafi is among three Libyans facing arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity, an official with direct knowledge of the case told CNN Saturday. The court’s Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who said in early March that he planned to investigate the embattled Libyan leader, will announce Monday that he’s seeking the arrest warrants.

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