May 4, 2011

WHAT? LIBYA? OH, RIGHT: Libya raids not aimed at killing Kadhafi: French FM.

International forces are seeking to weaken but not to kill Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi by bombarding his strategic sites, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Wednesday.

“Our aim is not to kill Kadhafi,” Juppe said on news channel France 24, describing as “collateral damage” the death of one of the ruler’s sons in a recent NATO air strike.

“We are targeting military sites in Tripoli” in an attempt to weaken Kadhafi’s regime, which is in a fierce fight against rebels who are recognised by France.

“There is no question of getting bogged down in Libya,” he added. “I hope that will last no longer than a few weeks, a few months at the most. But it is premature to talk of getting bogged down.”

Well, okay then. Related: Qaddafi’s Forces Bombard Rebel Cities as Allies Prepare for Rome Meeting.

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