Saturday, April 23, 2011

Air Strikes Rock Gadhafi's Residential Compound

Two missiles apparently fired by NATO warplanes struck near Moammar Gadhafi's sprawling compound in central Tripoli early Saturday, setting off loud booms but causing no injuries.
On the other side of the country, a rebel commander said NATO aircraft destroyed more than two dozen trucks and cars carrying Gadhafi's forces not far from the contested city of Ajdabiya.
Reporters were taken to an unpaved plot next to the Bab Aziziyeh compound and shown two craters, apparently from the missiles that had pierced through thick layers of reinforced concrete, laying bare what looked like a bunker system.
About two dozen Gadhafi supporters arrived at the scene, waving green flags in support of the Libyan leader.
Libyan officials said the lot served as a parking lot but a series of olive-colored metal boxes near the crater suggested the area was being used for military activities.
NATO stepped into the Libyan fighting in mid-March, unleashing airstrikes against Libyan military targets as part of a U.N. mandate to protect Libyan civilians.

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