UK armed forces head says Gaddafi not a target


Western military powers are not directly targeting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in air strikes to enforce a United Nations resolution, said the head of Britain’s armed forces.

“Absolutely not. It’s not allowed under the UN resolution and it’s not something I want to discuss any further,” General David Richards told the BBC.

Officials in the Libyan capital Tripoli said a missile intended to kill Gaddafi had destroyed a building in his fortified compound over night, Reuters reports.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox signalled on Sunday that Gaddafi was potentially a target, while Foreign Secretary William Hague declined to be drawn on the issue when he spoke to BBC radio on Monday.