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US denies any involvement in Gaddafi manhunt
Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:40PM GMT|
The U.S. State Department has insisted that neither the United States nor NATO has any involvement in the ongoing manhunt for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, saying this falls outside of the UN mandate for their war.
Pentagon officials reiterated this position, insisting that NATO had no role in the hunt, despite British Defense Minister Liam Fox's claim that NATO is "providing intelligence and reconnaissance" to track down Gaddafi.
Indeed, Fox seemed to put his money where his mouth is, as reports on the ground have a number of British SAS forces on the ground in Tripoli, scouring through homes and tunnels that Gaddafi might theoretically be hiding in.
The revolutionaries seem to have no clue where Gaddafi might be anymore, despite several times he has been reported surrounded, and an unnamed businessman is reported to have offered $1.63 million as a cash reward for his capture. Antiwar
FACTS & FIGURES
Since March 19, U.S./NATO forces have struck government buildings, civilian neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, communication satellites, ships and ports in Libya. workers.org
The stated mission of the U.S. has been to protect Libyan civilians from Gaddafi's military forces but not to attack Gaddafi directly. Obama has said the goal is to give Libyan fighters the opportunity to gain enough strength to oust Gaddafi themselves. Still, Obama and other American officials have called for Gaddafi to step down from power. The Hill
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) president Richard Haass argues that as Libyan leader's rule is unraveling, the Obama administration may need to send boots on the ground to help restore and maintain order.
The U.S. military intervention in Libya has cost American taxpayers an estimated $896 million through July 31, the Pentagon said August 22. ABC News