Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Where's Moammar?

Updated 7:30 p.m. edt (Google lost this update in it's crash; here is a truncated version):

Moammar Gadhafi appeared late this evening on local Libyan TV in a taped message aimed at ending speculation over whether he too was killed in the NATO airstrike that claimed his youngest son.

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Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has not been seen since last month when his youngest son was killed in a NATO airstrike, prompting questions about whether he is dead or just hiding.

Asked today whether the United States has any intelligence on the despot's location, White House spokesman Jay Carney shed no new light on Gadhafi's whereabouts.

"Well, I wouldn't want to comment on what intelligence we may or may not have.  We, obviously, are participants in the NATO mission, as I mentioned earlier, and continue the efforts  that we've undertaken to put pressure on Gadhafi and his regime, because he needs to leave power," Carney said.

NATO spokesman and Italian Brig. Gen. Claudio Gabellini said the alliance does not know either if Gadhafi is dead or alive.

Gadhafi has been out of sight since the deadly NATO airstrike April 30, when his son, Saif al-Arab Gadhafi, was killed. Moammar Gadhafi and his wife were said by aides to be in the house when it was targeted.

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