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August 24th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

How are NATO forces expected to proceed in Libya going forward? General "Spider" Marks weighs in

Tuesday morning, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said that the end is near for Moammar Gadhafi's regime, stating that the war is "not over yet, although it's close."

"We continue to watch for flare-ups from around the country, where there are still going to be pockets of resistance," Lungescu explained. "We are also watching the chemical weapons and Scud missiles to make sure they are not used in the endgame."

These comments come as anxiety continues to increase about where Gadhafi's weapons cache will end up after the conflict is over. There are twenty thousand shoulder fired rockets, ten tons of mustard gas, and tons of raw uranium yellowcake in weapons stores in Libya.

Major General James "Spider" Marks comments on which of these weapons are of greatest concern to the United States and explains what role he thinks U.S. intelligence is playing in securing the WMDs on American Morning today. He also weighs in on how NATO and the U.S. military will be involved with the country going forward.

Filed under: Libya • NATO
June 10th, 2011
08:09 AM ET

NATO official responds to report that Gadhafi 'a legitimate target'

(CNN) - A U.N. resolution justifies the targeting of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, a senior NATO military official with operational knowledge of the Libya mission told CNN Thursday.

The resolution applies to Gadhafi because, as head of the military, he is part of the control and command structure and therefore a legitimate target, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official was not authorized to talk to the media.
Asked by CNN whether Gadhafi was being targeted, the NATO official declined to give a direct answer.

But NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu disputed the claim, saying the alliance was not specifically targeting Gadhafi.

"We are targeting critical military capabilities that could be used to attack civilians, including command and control centers that could be used to plan and organize such attacks," Lungescu said.

"We are simply not targeting individuals," she said, but noted on CNN's American Morning that those military capabilities are the "nerve center of Gadhafi's kill chain. The war machine that has been consistently attacking, relentlessly attacking and systematically attacking civilians in Libya."

Watch the rest of the interview here.

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Filed under: Libya • Moammar Gadhafi • NATO