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Gaddafi being tracked ‘lair to lair’ by Nato
Tripoli, Jun 25 (Agencies):
Published on 25 Jun. 2011 11:18 PM IST
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Nato forces are successfully tracking Colonel Muammar Gaddafi from lair to lair around Libya, it has been revealed yesterday. RAF Nimrod R1 spy planes, drones and the destroyer HMS Liverpool - stationed off the Libyan coast and packed with state-of-the-art eavesdropping equipment - are monitoring the desperate tyrant’s movement, the Mail has learned. The dictator has been ‘racing from one place to another’ over the past few weeks to avoid falling into enemy hands as his grip on his country loosens, said sources.
Nato commanders are not permitted to directly attack Gaddafi under the UN mandate which allows them to use military force to protect civilians. Even if he is identified at a control or command centre - making him a legitimate bombing target - commanders are wary of launching a devastating strike for fear the cowardly Libyan leader is hiding behind a ‘human shield’ of innocent people. But military chiefs are hoping the mounting pressure from wave after wave of airstrikes will cause his regime to ‘implode’ with close aides removing him.
Details of how closely Gaddafi was being watched by the coalition were disclosed by Whitehall sources as Nato marked 100 days of airstrikes.

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