WASHINGTON, April 25 (Xinhua) -- The bombing by NATO warplanes on the residence of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is not an assassination attempt, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.
"It is certainly not the policy of the coalition, of this administration, to decapitate, or to effect regime change in Libya by force," he told reporters.
He insisted that the goal of the military mission remains "clear", which is to "protect the civilian population, enforce the no-fly zone, and enforce the arms embargo".
Carney avoided getting further into Monday's bombing by referring reporters to NATO about the "specific decisions in terms of bombing missions".
NATO warplanes bombed the residence of Gaddafi in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, early Monday morning in an attack described by the Libyan government as an attempt on the Libyan leader's life.
A Libyan press official at the scene said that 45 people were wounded in the bombing, among whom 15 were in serious condition, and some others remained unaccounted for.
Gaddafi's office in the compound, where he often held ministerial and other meetings, was destroyed along with another multi-story structure.
Office of Gaddafi destroyed in air strike
TRIPOLI, April 25 (Xinhua) -- The office of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Bab al-Aziziyah compound was destroyed in a NATO air strike on Monday, said a Libyan official.
The strike was an attempt on the Libyan leader's life, said the official, adding that 45 people were injured in the attack. Full story
U.S. should be cautious about going after Gaddafi: McCain
WASHINGTON, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The United States should be cautious about directly going after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his inner circle, said U.S. Republican Senator John McCain on Sunday.
McCain made the remarks on CNN when he was asked about the idea of directly bombing Gaddafi and his inner circle, which was proposed by another Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. Full story
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